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Memoirs of an Invisible Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Harry F. Saint
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Mar 1992
This first novel, the story of New York yuppie, Nick Halloway, who is accidentally made invisible after a visit to a crackpot energy company relates his experiences as an invisible man, and how he manages to deal with this unexpected turn of events.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co; Reissue edition (Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440201225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440201229
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 8.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Edgy, nail-biting, darkly humorous, sexy, paranoid, and brilliant speculation about what life might be like for a man who is accidentally turned invisible.

This is light-years better than any of the many other recent attempts to build stories on this theme, from books and TV to films, and sadly including the disappointing Chevy Chase comedy which was actually inspired by this book.

The narrator and central character is Nick Halliwell, a 34-year old, single, securities analyst working for a New York firm, who is completely ordinary except perhaps for an overactive sex drive. As part of his campaign to seduce a beautiful New York Times journalist called Anne Epstein, Nick invites her to a demonstration by a company called MicroMagnetics of their new type of magnetic fields.

Unfortunately Anne has cartoonishly stereotypical left-wing views (if the book had been set in Britain she would undoubtedly have been working for the Guardian). She decides that the magnetic fields must be intended for nuclear fusion containment, and tips off a buch of lunatics called "Students for a Fair society" about event. These idiots decide to stage the other sort of demonstration, which includes cutting off power to the building.

As Nick puts it later, he should have paid more attention to what the students were about to do and what effect this might have on the process which the head of the company describes.

"I knew that someone was about to shut off power to the building ... And this man was telling me that he had some loopy subatomic process roaring away, which sustained itself but whose control system used outside power. It is important to listen to exactly what people are saying ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, brilliant, brilliant 20 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I simply can't believe that this book is out of print. It's one of the best, most thrilling, page-turning, paranoia-inducing, intelligently written, sarcastic, witty and just brilliant books I have ever read. I've read it three times already and when I get it back from my sister (don't ever lend books to my sister - you'll never get them back) I'll read it again. Thank god for Amazon Market Places - at least I know when I don't get it back I can get it here for 1p.

Trust me - you will not regret reading this book. It's far, far superior to the film (which, quite frankly, was crapperooney). The book goes into great detail, describing all the little things you imagine you might notice if you were to become invisible. I loved the bit where he describes his secretary coming into his apartment, looking through his drawers, using the toilet etc., and him just watching away invisibly in the corner, holding his breath. Also, the bit where he gets frisky with the woman at the party in a dark room. Suddenly, someone comes in and turns the light on ... just imagine what you'd think walking into a scene like that.

Get this book. You won't regret it. Now, if only H.F. Saint would write another book (or at least let us know what his supposed real writer's name is).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites 9 Aug 2010
By N.Evans
Format:Paperback
I only happened upon this book recently, now as much as I like the 1992 knockabout Chevy Chase comedy, the source material towers above it. Make no mistake this book is absolutely superb, I could've happily read another 500 pages of it. It's the beautifully written account of a year and half of some poor soul who has inadvertently become invisible and all that entails. Practically the only thing this book has in common with it's cinematic cousin is the names of the characters and its invisible premise so i'm urging you to discover the difference. The book is a funny, ingenious, exciting piece of escapist entertainment. It's up there with a 'Prayer for Owen Meany' as my one of my favourites. 5 stars!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visibly Successfull 25 Mar 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's indicative of the success of the book (and the sale of film rights, for which he was paid $2.5m), that HF Saint never needed to write another work.
I seem to recall that the author retired in anonymity to a quiet part of France, thus achieveing a modicum of personal 'invisibility.'
I would urge you to read this book. At least, begin reading it and you'll be hooked. Such is the originality of concept and thought. (I know H G Wells wrote the original). Saint has imbued the 100 year old story with a contemporary and 'zippy' feel. He develops situations which involve considerable imagination to visualise; you'll find yourself either nodding in agreement, shaking your head in disbelief, or scratching it in puzzlement, whilst mouthing, "now that's clever."
The plot and characters are well fleshed out, with 'good guys' and 'bad guys.' So much so, that we identify with the hero (anti-hero) and find ourselves rooting for him and wishing ill-will and a drubbing upon the bad guys. (So much so, that I guarantee that every reader turns pages faster and faster as the confrontations arise, willing 'Clint Eastwood' to beat seven bells out of the town bullies).
A really clever idea exploited to the full in the medium of print. Don't bother with the film. It was tripe!
Buy the book, read and enjoy it.
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