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A Changed Man

To the sort of person who might actually be able to do that he also begins to transform everyone around him including Maslow himself Masterfully plotted darkly comic A Changed Man poses essential uestions about human nature morality and the capacity for change illuminating the everyday transactions both political and personal in our lives I ve read two other books by Francine Prose Blue Angel and The Peaceable Kingdom This was pretty different Reminded me a lot of Nick Hornby s How to Be Good but not as funny The story is basically that an uninspired Neo Nazi sees the light while on Ecstacy and decides to throw himself at the mercy of and in service to an Elie Wiesel like character It feels not nearly as dark as her other stories in fact it isn t dark at all I liked it in spite of that

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“Francine Prose has a knack for getting to the heart of human nature We are allowed to enter the moral dilemmas of fascinating characters whose emotional lives are strung out by the same human frailties secrets and insecurities we all share” USA TodayOne spring afternoon Vincent Nolan a young neo Nazi walks into the office of a human Prose has sensitive ear for free indirect discourse and for dialogue Her language uickly had me engaged Her characters are complex each highly individual but also believable Vincent Nolan Meyer Maslow Bonnie Kalen her sons I was at first impressed by their emerging complexity than by any significant change they were each undergoing at least until the second half of the novel Each had ghosts and was full of neuroses It was initially hard to know whether Nolan was legit Was he really someone who is trying to change his life Or was he faking it ready to go back to the neo Nazi life he had been living And if he was really as lukewarm and marginal to the Aryan Resistance Movement as he implied than was his new direction very significant after allI had several uestions as I arrived at the mid point of the novel Is it plausible that someone as apparently fearful of being targeted for revenge by the ARM as Nolan implies that he is would be willing to be such a public figure for the World Brotherhood Watch Is something not adding up about his story and his intentionsVincent increasingly seems genuine and Bonnie who has been giving him a room in which to stay is obviously becoming emotionally involved with him But as the story progresses things are obviously going too well The neo Nazis have not yet caught up to Vincent even as he is getting publicity and some sort of crisis is bound to occur in Bonnie and Vincent s relationship To this point Prose has primarily been working at establishing a kind of stability after the initial destabilizing occurrence of Nolan s appearance and now is the time to introduce complications that threaten to shatter the success of what has been happening Eventually one suspects all will turn out well but first there needs to be some crisis some challenge that threatens to undo all the apparent progressAnd the crisis finally arrives when Raymond Vincent s cousin and ARM leader from whom Vincent stole a truck drugs and money when he left the ARM to change sides learns through the media where Vincent is and what he is doing And one wonders whether Raymond may seek revenge by going after Bonnie rather than Vincent directly There seems to be no good way for this crisis to be resolvedBut it does get resolved So what if the ending is a little sappy At least it s believable And the message of the novel is good and it s honest Change is possible And we are not in this life alone Prose has created a novel that is entertaining engaging and has substance than much of contemporary fiction She also provides interesting insights into the white supremacy movement I would be willing to read of her work Marriage by Deception young neo Nazi walks into the office of a human Prose has sensitive ear for free indirect discourse and for dialogue Her language uickly had me engaged Her characters are complex each highly individual but also believable Vincent Nolan Meyer Maslow Bonnie Kalen her sons I was at first impressed by their emerging complexity than by any significant change they were each undergoing at least until the second half of the novel Each had ghosts and was full of neuroses It was initially hard to know whether Nolan was legit Was he really someone who is trying to change his life Or was he faking it ready to go back to the neo Nazi life he had been living And if he was really as lukewarm and marginal to the Aryan Resistance Movement as he implied than was his new direction very significant after allI had several uestions as I arrived at the mid point of the novel Is it plausible that someone as apparently fearful of being targeted for revenge by the ARM as Nolan implies that he is would be willing to be such a public figure for the World Brotherhood Watch Is something not adding up about his story and his intentionsVincent increasingly seems genuine and Bonnie who has been giving him a room in which to stay is obviously becoming emotionally involved with him But as the story progresses things are obviously going too well The neo Nazis have not A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yet caught up to Vincent even as he is getting publicity and some sort of crisis is bound to occur in Bonnie and Vincent s relationship To this point Prose has primarily been working at establishing a kind of stability after the initial destabilizing occurrence of Nolan s appearance and now is the time to introduce complications that threaten to shatter the success of what has been happening Eventually one suspects all will turn out well but first there needs to be some crisis some challenge that threatens to undo all the apparent progressAnd the crisis finally arrives when Raymond Vincent s cousin and ARM leader from whom Vincent stole a truck drugs and money when he left the ARM to change sides learns through the media where Vincent is and what he is doing And one wonders whether Raymond may seek revenge by going after Bonnie rather than Vincent directly There seems to be no good way for this crisis to be resolvedBut it does get resolved So what if the ending is a little sappy At least it s believable And the message of the novel is good and it s honest Change is possible And we are not in this life alone Prose has created a novel that is entertaining engaging and has substance than much of contemporary fiction She also provides interesting insights into the white supremacy movement I would be willing to read of her work

Francine Prose À 5 review

Rights foundation headed by Meyer Maslow a charismatic Holocaust survivor Vincent announces that he wants A Changed MOBI #224 to make a radical change But what is Maslow to make of this rough looking stranger with Waffen SS tattoos who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like himAs Vincent gradually turns in In A Changed Man Prose succeeds in doing what every writer hopes in how she takes you into a foreign place and gives you a glimpse of life from another viewpoint Her book is at once both optimistic and pessimistic she shows a neo nazi who seems to change for the better and a world known Holocaust survivor who has made a tidy living off of his fame who seems to care little for those closest to himI can t uite put my finger on it but her writing is kind of in a hurry Not stripped and raw like a Hemingway novel but jerky and always moving like you re always running The techniue works well though to keep the story moving and to keep you in the middle of the confusion surrounding the protagonist And confusion is in the middle of most of the story confusion about motive about relationships and about telling yourself the truth In the end like a made for TV movie the confusion falls away and everyone finds their place in the world It s a bit formulaic but works Ironically I don t really think anyone in the book changed Certainly not the protagonist His foray into the Aryan Nation was mostly a trade for breakfast and a place to sleep None of the other characters change either except that they all seemed to come a bit to grips with their innate wantsStill it s an excellent read that I really enjoyed


10 thoughts on “A Changed Man

  1. says:

    My problem with this book is not exactly that it's essentially a hokey Lifetime movie aka a corny cheeseball romantic pseudo drama so much as the subject matter was toned down to a largely PG incarnation Granted

  2. says:

    Prose has sensitive ear for free indirect discourse and for dialogue Her language uickly had me engaged Her characters are complex each highly

  3. says:

    Summary A Neo Nazi named Vincent Nolan wants to turn around and save guys like him from becoming guys like him by helping World Brotherhood Watch raise money and awareness At the helm of WBW is holocaust survivor and well known author Meyer Ma

  4. says:

    I really wish there was another alternative rating system on GR such as Positive Negative and Neutral This book would receive neutral This is my first Prose book and I happened to pick it up on audio at a good price which is what pro

  5. says:

    In A Changed Man Prose succeeds in doing what every writer hopes in how she takes you into a foreign place and gives you a glimpse of life from another viewpoint Her book is at once both optimistic and pessimistic she shows

  6. says:

    Such a bummerRiding a high after Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer I picked up this book which I had been seeing on independent booksellers' tables for a while I had hoped to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed her book on readingwriting because I thought she offered really keen insights on the subjectHowever I was pretty disappoi

  7. says:

    I've read two other books by Francine Prose Blue Angel and The Peaceable Kingdom This was pretty different Reminded me a lot of Nick Hornby's How to Be Good but not as funny The story is basically that an uninspired Neo Nazi sees the light while on Ecstacy and decides to throw himself at the mercy of and in service to an Elie Wiesel like character It feels not nearly as dark as her other stories in fact it is

  8. says:

    I kind of feel the same way about this book as I did about the other Francine Prose novels I have read Sharp writing lots of funnypoignant moments fully realized idiosyncratic characters but I wasn't totally into it for reasons I can't uite put my finger on I'm relearning the art of reading on public transportation and this one made me a bit

  9. says:

    A Changed Man begins with an ex white supremacist walking into a human rights organization’s office to offer his services he wants to “help guys like me from becoming guys like me” The subject matter allow

  10. says:

    Thinking about this book having finished reading it kept me awake last night Is that good or bad I wonderVincent is the ‘changed man’; but is he really The reader must decide for herhim self He is a skinhead with tattoo

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