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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. He tells him his sorrows and the history of his relationship with Norma.

When she walked out the door, it was permanent. The rest of the book takes place about a decade in the future. He uses different signs and plays different songs in order to appeal to different sectors of the charitable public.

He also got burned somewhere in the ten years that are skipped over, although he’s not horribly disfigured or anything too bad. He’s obsessed with Norma and wishes he could be back with her.

He’s got a way with voices, impersonations and performances, stemming from a childhood spent with an actor mother and a mostly-absent magician father or father figure.

This ability of his comes to the forefront as the book goes on.


While his night ends miserably–he encounters Norma and her bilinngue, snobby friends at the bar, and ends up giving her a shoeshine that eventually leads to a breakdown and lots of tears–the night’s experience is an important one. He spends the second part of the book pursuing the possibility of becoming other characters and interacting with familiar people under different guises.

He eventually faces an important choice as to whether he wants to be who he was, biilingue who he’s made himself into. It was really nice to read a book that was at the same time accessible yet challenging: On the other hand, the implications of his escalating game of impersonations are rather thought-provoking.

The conflicts between the person he was and still wants to be and marss person he is, then between the person he is and the people he pretends to be, were what I liked the most about this book. Goodness knows I enjoy books about people who assume names and set out into the world to have some adventures. I’m not often inclined to read books as new as this one it was published in the early 90sbut as I think about it, I wonder whether there might be a great number of books out there that would appeal to me in the way that this book did: I read this book quickly and kind of rushed to finish it because I had another book I really wanted to read, but I think if I went back and read it again, I’d enjoy it all the more.


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