The Autograph Man

The Autograph Man

A Novel

eBook - 2003
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Alex-Li Tandem is a 27-year-old, half-Jewish, half-Chinese man in search of himself. In his own words, he has "no love, no transportation, no ambitions, no faith, " and not much else. An autograph peddler, he hunts down the signatures people want and sells them.
Published: New York : Vintage Books, 2003 .
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9781400034437
1400034434
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 347 p. ;,21 cm.

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tritonesub Jul 09, 2016

Beautifully written, the book charts an unpredictable path involving a half-Chinese man, a cat, a dog, an aging actress, Rabbi, insurance man, a lovely young woman with a heart problem and many more. All the characters are depicted with such warmth and compassion. They stay with you. One note: try to get the print version and NOT the Kindle version. The illustrations and other hand-written parts of the book do not come out well on Kindle. This is a book to be read on paper.

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cheriemoses
Jun 06, 2015

Zadie Smith has a knack for good writing. This book however contains so many digressions, many so opaque and idiosyncratic passages that the book reads in a choppy fashion. The miserable character Alex resolves nothing; his story becomes tedious, and Zadie obscures the text with the abovementioned digressions by writing cryptic asides that no longer keep this reader absorbed. Very disappointing. I did read it to the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Zadie Smith's sophomore book, the Autograph Man, deserves your reading attention. Londoner Alex-Li Tandem buys and sells autographs for a living. He is mired in the emptiness of his 30-something generation X values: movies, fame and symbolic artifacts divorced from experience. The reader wants to encourage Alex-Li as he clumsily attempts to seek something real.

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