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The Mimic's Own Voice: A Novella Paperback – April 1, 2011

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 1599482940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599482941
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,397,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Williams is the author of Don't Start Me Talkin' and The Mimic's Own Voice. He lives in Kentucky with his wife and son.

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Because there's really nothing else like it, this is a hard book to characterize in a few words. Narrated, purportedly, by a scholar of comedy, this thought-provoking and entertaining short novel tells the life story of Douglas Myles, a biracial genius of mimicry. In astonishing detail, Williams creates a whole pantheon of legendary mimics and comics, presided over by the greatest of them all, Myles, a shy, enigmatic and reclusive Midwesterner who guards his privacy so jealously that almost nothing is known about him beyond his public life. The analysis of the mimic's art is not only a parody of postmodern studies of pop culture--and an always witty one--but also a meditation on the nature of art itself. For such a slim volume, the book asks mighty questions: why does the artist assume the personae of others? Who is the real artist behind the persona? Should all voices be listened to, including the voices of the marginalized and the dispossessed? What is the artist's responsibility to society--and to himself? Postmodern writing, which frequently elevates pop culture to the status of high art, and so often has a metafictional or meta-artistic focus, can be tediously cerebral and exhibitionistic. Far too often it is too smart for its own good. However, that is not the case with William's novel. For a start, we have a fascinating, if elusive, character here, and a real story. As Steve Yarbrough has said, "Tom Williams writes like Paul Auster might if he were funnier"--and had more heart, I might add--"or like Stanley Elkin might have if he'd ever been able to stop laughing." Another brilliant writer, George Singleton, compares Williams to Donald Barthelme. I think he's better. This is remarkably original work by a great emerging talent. All lovers of literary fiction are likely to appreciate it.
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