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Second Skin Paperback – November 28, 2005

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From the first, John Hawkes's prose has sounded what Henry James would have said was 'the right note.' -- William H. Gass

John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should be more widely read. -- Saul Bellow

About the Author

John Hawkes (1925–1998) was a postmodern novelist born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University. He was noted for his unconventional style and views on the creation of literature and was admired by Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Saul Bellow, Anthony Burgess, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Donald Barthelme.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (November 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811216446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811216449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
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Second Skin is a lyrical, difficult but ultimately rewarding novel. It focuses on Skipper, the narrator, who simply tries to survive a series of life tragedies ranging from being the victim of a mutiny to losing his wife and daughter to suicide.
To say these things is not to give away the plot. Because Skipper does not tell his story in a linear fashion, we know what will happen from the beginning. The pleasure is in listening to the narrative voice tell his "naked history" (as Skipper calls it).
John Hawkes is an under-appreciated writer and a brilliant prose stylists. For anyone who loves to read beautiful sentences, this book is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jacque on August 14, 2008
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As with most things in life I know entirely rely on Amazon to tell me what I like, and what I will read next. Once again I was not let down.

This was a book I had to put down and come back to many times. It is written almost like poetry the pours from that saddest places in every person's spirit. John Hawkes is a brilliant and deep writer. My only complaint is that he isn't necessarily captivating. I struggled in the beginning to find my footing in the endless lamenting. Eventually I was tempted to shelf the book indefinitely but one day I found myself woven into the tapestry of this world, and desiring to know more.

I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind "working for it" (if you know what i mean).
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