"The Contortionist's Handbook"

I finished this book a week or so ago. It's a tale about a man who has become an expert at reinventing himself: he creates new names with complete backgrounds (and paperwork). Part of the reason is that he deals with unexpected debilitating headaches where he ends up overdosing on medication and has to weasel his way out of the psychiatric evaluations. Throughout the book, you learn more about his background and how he has learned to be a "contortionist" with his life.

I enjoyed this book. If you're a fan of "Fight Club" you'll probably like this book too. Clevenger has a similar style to Palahniuk - being very details and viseral at the same time. I'm not sure I liked the ending ... frankly, I'm not really sure what the hell happened (although I think I have a good guess). Clevenger has another book out called "Dermaphobia" which I've already picked up - I'm intrigued enough with "Handbook" to give another of Clevenger's works a go.

* Posted at 02.22.2010 08:11:34 PM CST | Link *

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