Lest ye think my second posting of the day means I do nothing but read, rest assured that it speaks more to my binge-and-purge personality. While I’m blogging, why not go ahead and post about TWO books that I’ve read recently. You know, economies of scale and efficiencies and whatnot.
Anyway, stop reading this blog and go read this book. It’s that good. One of the (if not THE) most moving books I’ve ever read. Written by Andrew Sean Greer, the book tells the story (in the first person) of Max Tivoli, a boy who suffers from a genetic disorder by which he is born in the body of a seventy-year old man but ages backwards. So while he grows mentally and emotionally, his physical appearance grows younger and younger. It’s a story about love and friendship, and about how Max navigates his way through the world in his condition. I won’t reveal any more about the plot, just trust me — read it and let it take you where it goes.
This Greer fella is an amazing writer. He uses metaphor like a trusty mechanic uses a wrench. Oh no, wait — that’s simile. Well, you get what I mean. Everything from story structure to sentence structure is masterfully executed. His writing seems completely effortless; while the story and the feelings it evokes are so strong, there is absolutely nothing challenging or difficult about reading the book. This is absolutely, positively a keeper, and I will probably read it again.