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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846590000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846590009
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A work of adorable genius. Buy it, borrow it, steal it but just make sure you read it. I am willing to bet it will be your surprise read of the year. I read it on the train home the day I received it and spent the whole evening smiling. '(****) --Scott Pack meandmybigmouth.com

'This is an adorable book: neat, sweet, petite. Your loved one will love you even more for buying it for them. Toby Litt

'Somebody should write Mr Kaufman and thank him for his tender heart ... I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.'Sheila Heti

'An addictive, brisk, wonderfully inventive and funny piece of work.'Dogmatika

'... may technically be called a love story, but if it is, it is one that is blissfully cliche free. More please.'Pulp.net

'Simply brilliant. A real gem of a book ... this ode to love was built to last.' -- Ham and High

'This is an adorable book: neat, sweet, petite. Your loved one will love you even more for buying it for them. Toby Litt 'Somebody should write Mr Kaufman and thank him for his tender heart ... I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.' Sheila Heti 'An addictive, brisk, wonderfully inventive and funny piece of work.' Dogmatika '... may technically be called a love story, but if it is, it is one that is blissfully cliche free. More please.' Pulp.net 'Simply brilliant. A real gem of a book ... this ode to love was built to last.' Ham & High 'A deliciously barbed commentary on our ongoing epidemic of physical and emotional multi-tasking and all its neurotic spinoffs.' The Globe and Mail --Reviews

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Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham Ontario, Canada, the birthplace of Alice Munro, making him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. He is also a film-maker, radio producer and a regular contributor to the McSweeney s website. His second novel, The Waterproof Bible, was published by Telegram in 2010.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2013
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Obviously swimming against the tide on this one, but try as I did, I can't say I thought much of this book.
Let me start with the positives: there are some funny lines, and quite a few lines to make you think, and it has what I must concede is quite a sweet ending. But, it's just so terribly twee. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul rather than say Jean-Paul Sartre. It felt like sitting and eating a box of chocolates in one sitting. Sweet at first, and even pleasant, but sickly very quickly. If you are moved regularly by shared Facebook updates and fridge magnets you'll probably like it.
If not move along now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ang on 5 Sept. 2013
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A whimsical little story about an ordinary guy who is rendered invisible to his fiance, the Perfectionist (a Superhero), by her jealous ex-boyfriend, Hypno, at their wedding reception. with a premise like that, the reader is introduced to a myriad of other Superheroes, though not the kind with enviable superpowers. Some of them include the Terrycloth, who is able to make every day feel like a Sunday, Sloth, who discovers with liberating finality that just rejecting all the things he is unable to muster up energy to accomplish, gives him his superpowers.

At times, Kaufman seems a little too pleased with himself for inventing these less-than-spectacular superpowers he intersperses his narrative with, expecting the reader to chuckle knowingly with self-identification. On their own, they are interesting nuggets illustrating the universe he has created, but not necessarily of any import to the plot at hand, which is pencil-thin.

Still, there are some delightful passages, like the vacuum-slash-love salesman who tries to interest the Perfectionist with his samples in this exchange:

"I've got the love you want, the love you think you want, the love you think you want but don't when you finally get it..."
'That must be very popular."
"It is."

Charming, but not nearly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. N. Lock VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2010
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This book is quirky and made me smile on a number of occasions. It's a short book that is original and different and is entertaining throughout. Whilst reading I started to think about people I know and for fun starting making up what their superhero names could be from their personality. Lovely read that will bring a smile on most faces, great book cover picture - that always makes me smile too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TildaB on 26 April 2014
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This is obviously a taste I have not yet acquired but really not sure I want to. I couldn't stand the whimsy, the flightiness, the nonsense of it all. Not for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kindler on 16 Sept. 2012
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This book is very small in size but very big in smiles. It's a quirky read, at once heart-breaking and adorable, realistic and ridiculous. It has child-like innocence but at the same time, the breadth of experience in failed relationships (romantic and other) of the average adult.

Characters are summarised into superheroes, each with their own attribute, mostly used as metaphors but sometimes comic.

We follow Tom, who has no super power but lives in a world populated by superheroes, as he tries to get the love of his life to see him once more, having become invisible to her at the vengeful will of another superhero vying for her affections.

I read this in hard-copy format years ago and thought I'd rediscover it on Kindle. At a fiver, the value isn't great in view of the short length, but you wouldn't want it any longer. I would recommend sampling first or catching it in a sale, as due to its quirkiness it probably isn't for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Jun. 2012
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To be honest I mainly bought this book first for the cover, which has such an interesting retro look, and second for the title, which...well, has such a retro sound.

I'm going to keep this review brief because I'm sure I'll just end up repeating the opinions of other reviewers who have nothing but glowing reviews. Suffice to say I enjoyed this novella alot. Having never read a Kauffman novel before I thought something light and interesting would be a good initition - and it was.

To give a brief outline of the premise, each character within the story is basically a superhero because of their dominating characteristic - which I found to be so original and yet also so simple that it really endears the reader to the book because then they start thinking about the people around them and what superhero names they would have. Very clever of Kauffman - involving the reader without it seeming to obvious or try-hard.

The only thing I could possibly criticise is the lack of substantial romantic background between the two protagonists - though this is a small flaw.

Other than that I would definetely recommend this novella - it would make a really good gift for a friend or relative (you know - cousins, nieces/nephews etc, etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine on 10 Mar. 2013
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If your looking for a easy, light hearted and enjoyable read then I couldn't recommend this book more.
The book is about Tom (all his friends are superheroes) and his wife, the perfectionist. However the perfectionist can no longer see him because her ex boyfriend the hypno has hypnotized her so she can no longer see Tom. Tom has a plane journey to convince his wife he is there!
I love the quirkiness of this book and all the superheroes we meet on the way. Read it in a day. Pure gold.
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