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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 live. 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. 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 Maslow who befriends Vincent In the process Vincent bunks up with a single mom Bonnie and her two boys Danny and Max This is his hideout since his former buddies from ARM Aryan Resistance Movement are after him because they want revenge In a nutshell I don t recommend it If you can imagine a cheesy gooey unsatisfying ending to this story it will be far worse than what you can think up The change they blab on and on about in this book is neither dramatic interesting or at all moving And all the stuff before the end is pretty anti climactic I wish boredom was the worst thing about this book The most action in the first 200 pages of the book is an allergic reaction to a walnut I shit you not I couldn t make this up The big huge struggle this former Nazi has while trying to assimilate to the real world is trying to avoid all the stuff that he s allergic to These threatening ARM guys they mentioned Vincent worrying about constantly didn t show up till 34 of the way through the book and even then it was only one ARM guy and Vincent just beats the crap out of him Then he hides out for a while his tail between his legs and a few days later emerges triumphantly to save the day and deliver the graduation speech at Danny s high school s graduation Because he s a really great role model beating guys within an inch of their lives and all Which by the way is the deal Bonnie and Vincent make to get Danny out of trouble with the assistant principal when he writes a paper about Hitler that the school s administration worries could be slightly homophobic During the speech Bonnie and Vincent realize they love each other and look forward to a new life HooeyFinally the most annoying thing about this book was that every single character spends a lot of time thinking about what other people are probably thinking about them It s absurd It would be okay for the first couple of chapters maybe while Meyer Maslow Bonnie her two kids and the Nazi were all trying to size each other up but you know by page 100 or so it gets a little old

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A human rights foundation headed by Meyer Maslow a charismatic Holocaust survivor Vincent announces that he wants 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 into the. 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 prompted me to partake in Prose s work It is good to read that she has other better books because this book on its own would not prompt me to be a huge fan of her writing This story seemed to be such an interesting concept after reading the uick synopsis on the audio book cover Once I got into the book though the promise faded and kept fading until by the end I was just glad to be finished The reason I would not give it a negative is because I did make it all the way through the end with a desire to know how it might all turn out but I was not sitting on pins and needles until I could get through it The story line fades and gets and ridiculous and predictable as it goes on I kept finding myself waiting for expecting and than being disappointed At the very end of the book I actually rewound and went back a bit to make sure that I had actually heard it all correctly The ending was the biggest let down of the whole book The interesting concept just started to become fragmented and lacking in the substance that could have been built around the plot and ideaThis would be classified as a if you have nothing else to read and this book is just sitting around read for me


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 movies like American History X are on the opposite end of the spectrum and possibly violent than reality but even the middle ground

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    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 lea

  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 survivo

  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 prompted me to partake in Prose's work It is good to read that she has other better books because this book on its own would not prompt me to be a huge fan of her writing This story seemed to be such a

  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 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 writ

  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

  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 Ho

  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

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    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 allows Prose to flex her satire muscles which by this point are uite developed In this case the focal point of her at

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    Thinking about this book having finished reading it kept me awake last night Is that good or bad I wonder?Vincent is the ‘changed man’; but is he really? The reader must decide for herhim self He is a skinhead with tattoos which include the SS lightning bolts and he recently belonged ARM the Aryan Resistance Movemen