Sunday, October 12, 2014
F by Daniel Kehlmann
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Book Synopsis(via Net Galley): F is for family. F is for fortune. F is for fraud. F is for fate.
From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult and both wins and loses.
Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto the stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. But the Great Lindemann knows better. He gets Arthur to tell him his deepest secrets and then tells him to make them real. That night, Arthur empties the family bank account, takes his passport, and vanishes. He’s going to become a world-famous author, a master of the mystical. (F is for fake.)
But what of the boys? Martin, painfully shy, grows up to be a Catholic priest without a vocation. (F is for faith, and lack of it.) Eric becomes a financier (F is for fraud), losing touch with reality as he faces ruin, while Ivan, destined for glory as a painter, instead becomes a forger. (F is for forgery, too.) They’ve settled into their life choices, but when the summer of the global finiancial crisis dawns they’re thrown together again with cataclysmic results.
Wildly funny, heartbreaking, tragic, Daniel Kehlmann’s novel about truth, family, and the terrible power of fortune is a fictional triumph.
This insomniac's opinion:
Ugh. Just Ugh. I do not have ADD/ADHD but reading this book made me feel as though I did. As soon as I was acclimated to the story, there's a complete shift and I was to find my feet again. It's disconcerting and discombobulating.
This became one of those books that one absolutely DREADS continuing to read and I found myself finding anything at all else to do in order to avoid the book-dishes, laundry, root canals....
Worth staying up all night to read?
Uh, no. Didn't you just read the above review?