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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9781400034437
1400034434
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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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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