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The Double (DoppelangelgAnger): An Annotated Novel (Leaping Dog Press Book Series, Volume 4) Paperback – January 13, 2005
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From Library Journal
A rich, intriguing maze of a "novel," this work packs more literary punch than most books twice the heft. The central text is about Jeff, a factory worker, whose life unravels when the "other" Jeff sabotages his job, relationships, and even dreams. Boyd (Sacred Hearts) opens with a life-or-death struggle between them in a graveyard and circles back in the "end." This battle might seem like a metaphor for an id-superego conflict or even multiple-personality disorder, but it's actually more complicated than that-the "real" Jeff ends up fighting back, complicating the double's more exciting life and leading readers to question who the "real" Jeff is. Over half of the book consists of brilliant short stories, allegories, and fairy tales contained in 14 appendixes and 22 annotations. Each could stand alone, but all enhance both the main story and one another. Boyd's writing is by turns gritty, darkly humorous, ironic, and elegant. His nonlinear but utterly integrated approach should make this work particularly interesting in e-book form (ISBN 1-58775-008-2; $7.95). Highly recommended for sophisticated readers in all academic and most public libraries.
Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico
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A rich, intriguing maze of a novel, this work packs more literary punch than most books twice the heft. -- Library Journal, September 1, 2002
One of the most original, dizzyingly enjoyable rides in recent literature.... A radical achievement, deserving of a wide audience. -- Louis Owens
While Ive slowed down and even moved backwards, this guys going forward beyond any place Ive imagined. -- Stephen Dixon
Top customer reviews
I think that this would make a great movie. But obviously not a traditional film. I think of it as a DVD release, with the actually movie being the main Doppelangelganger story. Copies of the two books Jeff gets in the story would also come packaged with it. So we, the viewers could experience the same reading vs. reality (or is it?) Jeff experiences.