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The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Best-selling novel by Andrew Sean Greer--gaining even more notoriety in its comparison to a new movie starring Brad Pitt

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Plaigerized beyond perfection

  • Dec 14, 2008
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Okay, did he plaigerize from the F. Scott Fitzgerald story,The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or not? I'm sure that this question will be pondered again and again, thanks in part the new Brad Pitt movie of the same name, due out on Christmas. But either way, it doesn't matter to me because I love Andrew Sean's Greer's novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Basically, even if Greer lifted the idea from the C.C. of B. Button, it is his amazingly fluid, masterful writing that makes his novel such a treasure. His readers are drawn into Max Tivloi's world almost effortlessly, and intimately get to know and love each character. I swear, you get emotionally invested in this story, and whether you give it one read or seven (I've read it twice), you'll still find yourself sincerely hoping and rooting for one outcome even though you know just how the story will end.
And living in San Francisco, you know I was loving the period and setting. I'm into historical fiction.

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An engrossing tale of an extraordinary man who physically ages backwards. When he is born, he looks like a shriveled old man in his eighties, and presumably, he will die of old age in the body of an infant. Set in turn of the century San Francisco, Greer's tale follows the life of this man and his pursuit of one young lady's love. They meet three times in life, and while he appears to be an old man, and she a teenage girl (with devastating repercussions), again when they both appear to be the same age, and one last time when she's an older woman and he looks like a young boy. It's an amazing story with no obvious answers.


The Confessions of Max Tivoli, by Andrew Sean Greer.
A National Bestseller, and featured on the Today Show's book club.
Many comparisons made to F. Scott Fitzgerald's story (and current movie startting Brad Pitt, by the same name), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Picador Press, 2004
Main Characters: Max Tivoli, Alice Levy and Hughie Dempsey
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