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Book Title: Being Invisible|
The author of the book: Thomas Berger
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: August 7th 1988
ISBN 13: 9780140108712
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.39 MB
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I used to write reviews fairly frequently. Now I'm somewhat invisible on goodreads except for when I from time to time pop up on one of Karen's review or AIFAF threads. Even though since certain events transpired a few months ago I haven't really had any interest in being involved in goodreads beyond the scant amount I am now, I still feel like I'm overly visible on the site just because there are so many pictures of me put up every week. It's like I'm here without having to put in any effort, and without opening myself up to any depressing interactions with other people.
Why am I writing a review for this book? I've been meaning to write a second review for 2666, and while reading the book I kept thinking of possible interesting things to say. But now writing a review that says much of anything seems beyond my abilities. I think I might be a bit dumber now then I was a few months ago. Or maybe just fed up.
Unlike if I tried to write a review for 2666 this is a fairly easy one to write. I didn't like the book. I've liked other Berger novels, some a little, some more than a little; but this novel I just didn't really get in to. Maybe the shitty holiday mood I've been in for the past week or so didn't let me appreciate the sort of light-hearted goofy sort of almost slapstick humor going on here. I think even if I was feeling like my usual self though, I still would have found the book to be kind of half thought out and episodic. I doubt anyone is going to get all up in arms that I didn't enjoy a minor work by a half-forgotten writer.
This is a book about a man who discovers he has the ability to become invisible whenever he wants. It is what happens after he starts to use this power, but instead of being able to do all the things you might think you would do if you were invisible his pathetic life just gets worse with this new found ability. But in sort of funny ways.
As a short story this could have been pretty good. As a novel it lacks the sort of trajectory needed to get the whole work to cohere. It was like the novel version of a zany 80's sitcom, something like Perfect Strangers, where the immigrant might discover he can be invisible for an episode, and some hilarity ensues, but it's ultimately as satisfying as the McDonalds dollar menu (this just popped into my head, and I have no idea if the food on the McDonalds dollar menu is satisfying, or what is even on that menu currently. About two years ago I ate a McDonalds cheeseburger off of the dollar menu, it was the first time I had eaten anything other than breakfast at McDonalds in years and years and it was a wholly unsatisfying experience. That's a lie. I enjoyed the slice or two of pickle on the burger but everything else about the cheeseburger was kind of shitty (maybe not the cheese either, but the cheese was adhered to the gristly meat and/or the stale tasting bun, the pickles on the other hand could be easily removed and enjoyed separately.)
That analogy sucks. This book was much better than that shitty cheeseburger. But I wouldn't recommend either to anyone. There is a lot more satisfying books and burgers out there.
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Read information about the authorThomas Louis Berger is an American novelist. Probably best known for his picaresque novel Little Big Man and the subsequent film by Arthur Penn, Berger has explored and manipulated many genres of fiction throughout his career, including the crime novel, the hard-boiled detective story, science fiction, the utopian novel, plus re-workings of classical mythology, Arthurian legend, and the survival adventure.
Berger's use of humor, and his often biting wit have led many reviewers to refer to him as a satirist or "comic" novelist, descriptions he prefers to reject.
His admirers often bemoan that his talent and achievement are so under-appreciated, in view of his versatility across many forms of fiction, his precise use of language, and his probing intelligence.
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