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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb satire
I knew nothing of this author before reading this book, but was captivated by the blurb on the back cover and then when reading the first few pages. The introductory passage where the reformed nazi enters the lift and a dwarf gets on is both funny and thought provoking.
The book is balanced in many ways by both the sly knocks at the Politically Correct and the...
Published on 30 Jun 2005 by Jonathan Spencer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite
What can you say about the book - well to start the characters are very well devleoped and from the different perspectives you get you do feel that you get to know the different people involved quite well.

It does also get you thinking who wants what from who and who is the person really in need of change aswell as who is the idealistic dreamer...
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by Jigsaw


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb satire, 30 Jun 2005
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Jonathan Spencer (E.Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Changed Man (Hardcover)
I knew nothing of this author before reading this book, but was captivated by the blurb on the back cover and then when reading the first few pages. The introductory passage where the reformed nazi enters the lift and a dwarf gets on is both funny and thought provoking.
The book is balanced in many ways by both the sly knocks at the Politically Correct and the demonstration of how people are inculcated with prejudice. The chapter where Bonnie's Son is brought up before the Principle after writing an essay on Hitler being Gay and being accused of being homophobic is superb.
This is contrasted with the adults inner struggle between being better people and attempting to do good things and their own desires, selfless vs selfish.
At very turn the book surprises, as it mocks the media, the extreme right and the world of the charitiable cause, and underlying this is a kind of existential lonliness of all the characters, as just like all the best comic writing a good proportion contains bathos and pathos.
Yes it does address serious issues, such as race, class and sex but in a subtle and gentle way, it leads you on an entertaining path, which at the end left me with all sorts of questions in my mind with regard to how we combat evil and try to do good.
get it, read it, its good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He wants to stop guys like him from becoming guys like him, 3 Oct 2009
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Eileen Shaw "Kokoschka's_cat" (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Changed Man (Paperback)
Vincent Nolan, neo-nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of the World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation, headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent has had a change of heart and he wants to do some good - he wants, he tells Maslow and his associate Bonnie Kalen, to help stop guys like him from becoming guys like him.

There are a few things he doesn't tell them about - the money and drugs he's stolen from his cousin Raymond and the anger management course he's just been forced to complete, but he is comes across as honest and sincere and Meyer Maslow thinks he's just the thing the foundation needs to get the media to sit up and notice them. Bonnie is persuaded to put him up in the house she shares with her sons Danny, 16, and Max, 12. Bonnie is divorced from her husband, Joel, a surgeon who has been a far-from ideal father.

Francine Prose is excellent at developing character - we come to see events from all points of view, but particularly from that of Meyer Maslow, Bonnie and of course Vincent. Her style of writing is unfussy, insightful, character-driven. She is also a great storyteller and events move at a good pace. Vincent's change of heart is real - but his past was always going to catch up with him. A Changed Man is a superb read, thoughtful, heartfelt, often funny and sometimes touching - and in the end, remarkably uplifting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite, 14 Jan 2008
This review is from: A Changed Man (Paperback)
What can you say about the book - well to start the characters are very well devleoped and from the different perspectives you get you do feel that you get to know the different people involved quite well.

It does also get you thinking who wants what from who and who is the person really in need of change aswell as who is the idealistic dreamer?

Although I couldnt put the book down during the first half of my read, it didnt have the same effect in the second half - if was as if the book finished but the climax never really came - which is obviously dissapointing.

It went from being based around a former white supremacist and an aging holocaust surivor to being about the budding romantic links between 'the changed man' and his workmate.

Good but you get the sense that the author gave up half way through - just saw a film with a cheesy ending and applied the same think to the book and mentioning the film aswell!
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