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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,975 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

About the Author

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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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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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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I can say how sweet and charming and witty and lovable this story is, but i'd just be repeating what everyone else has said.

So i'll try to say what the book is like, because I had no idea what I was buying except that it was "the cutest, sweetest, romantic little book ever".

It's not what you'd call a normal novel. Or even a novel really, at 108 pages. But it's a 108 pages of gold. Others have pointed out its failings but I think everything that's in it, everything about the way it's written, is exactly the way it should be. It's a quirky story with a odd way of telling it. It's sweet and crazy and the writing is adorable and all over the place. You just jump on and enjoy the ride.
It's not like other longer novels where there's beginning, middle and ending, or character development or major plot devices. And yet you come to know the story (even though it's told so disjointedly) inside out, the characters build up in your mind until you want to meet them, and the twist at the end has you cheering.

The story is about Tom, who's regular, and all his friends are Superheroes. But they're not like the superheroes we know. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the magic of reading about these characters for yourself, but to name a few to give an idea: the Perfectionist, Hypno, the Clock, the Broken Heart, and many more. Truly original idea.

I'd recommend it to anyone, but remember, go into it with a light heart and open mind. If you're looking for a wordy, complicated, full length novel to read for hours then you're in the wrong place. But for a bit of lovable fun that can be read in under an hour try this. You won't regret it.
If you like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you'll like this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shopperninja on 2 Dec. 2011
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I like books that can be finished in 4-5 sittings. This one was just 1 sitting on the tube ride home, so scored highly in that respect. I liked its quirky sense of humour. Superheroes who are not really superheroes, but what I would consider as geeks of our generation.

But that more or less sums up everything positive about it. I was slightly disappointed because even though I finished it one setting, there was no aftertaste. It felt like reading a good magazine article or even a story written by a quirky college student on a lazy sunday afternoon, without too much depth in it.

So, if you are looking for light reading, this may interest you. But I like to read books that I can remember long after completion and may be even discuss with friends, but this book did neither.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Miles on 26 Feb. 2014
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I really enjoyed this short read. The writing style is maybe a little weird in that it straddles the metaphorical and the literal. I was occasionally stopping to consider what each event meant at face value as well as at a symbolic level. I don't think everyone will enjoy this style, but I found it interesting. It was a sweet story and, embarrassing as it is to admit, I cried at the end.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Doolan on 7 Jun. 2009
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I bought this book as I heard it recommended on the radio and I am very pleased that I did.

It is a very sweet book without being sickly and even though all the characters are superheroes you relate well to all of them. The story of Tom and his wife the Perfectionist is very touching and is broken up with witty mini-stories about other superheroes.

I read it in one sitting and found that as soon as I finished I wanted to read it again. I would lend the book to my friends but I just can't bear to be parted with it. I would like more books from the author as soon as possible!
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