The Confessions of Max Tivoli

The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Book - 2004
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Today Show Book Club Pick An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards We are each the love of someone's life. So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli , a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a "nisse," a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward - on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child.The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighborhood girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body. But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love.Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374128715
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jul 24, 2011

Beautifully written but very sappy spin on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (the Fitzgerald short story not the movie) with added love triangle and lots of San Francisco history.


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Jul 24, 2011

"Be what they think you are," my mother whispered to me that evening, a tear at the corner of each eye. "Be what they think you are. Be what they think you are."

I have tried, Mother. It has brought me heartache, but it has also brought me here.


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