The Contortionists Handbook

The Contortionists Handbook

by Craig Clevenger

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Overview

John Vincent Dolan is a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. In the face of his impending institutionalization, he continually reinvents himself to escape the legal and mental health authorities and to save himself from a life of incarceration. But running turns out to be costly. Vincent’s clients in the L.A. underworld lose patience, the hospital evaluator may not be fooled by his story, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his real name.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596929906
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/12/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 309,674
File size: 334 KB

About the Author

About the Author: Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He currently lives in San Francisco.

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The Contortionist's Handbook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is just how I would categorize this book. The character elements are astonishing. Clevenger can really get inside your brain and make you think that he is writing about you personally. No I am not a contortionist. But we all are in a way just looking for happiness and trying to squeeze into our niche. No I am not a practicing forger. I don't even have good handwriting. What I enjoy most about this book is that even though I am nothing like the main character and I do not agree with what the character does, I can't help but empathize and feel close to the character, like he is a brother or a best-friend. That is good writing, and that is what I look for when I read a book. The whole book is just wonderfully thought-out. I recommend this to anybody that is looking for a great fiction novel that has a great deal of whit and humor. I have purchased this book 3 times; my own hard cover, my brother-in-law's Christmas gift, and a soft cover so that I can loan it to friends without the risk of losing my copy. I am waiting anxiously for Craig's second book. Kabol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crawling through the labyrinth of mediocre writing in search of something new can often lead to rather unpalatable places. I was in danger of becoming that which I despise: an unadventurous reader safely nestled between the covers with familiar and trusted authors. Craig's book has restored my faith in contemporary writing. I don't know how adequate the comparison is but I found something of Garcia Marquez within this book. Craft. Don't get me wrong, the style and content bear no resemblance. However, there is something of the extraordinary seeming entirely plausible, which appealed to me. The development of the characters is brilliant and the plot compelling enough to read the book in one sitting, provided you don't have to be up early for work the next day. Read this book, if for no other reason than to encourage publishing houses to be a little more daring. Bring on the next one!
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An odd book, but interesting. The story is told by the main character, an escape artist, but not in the regular meaning. Instead, he escapes into other identities, chameleon-like, with an unmatched skill. His story unfolds during a psychiatric evaluation following a drug overdose. It reminding me strongly of the movie "The Usual Suspects." If you're familiar with that movie and enjoyed it, I believe you'll enjoy this book.
laurenv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much I can¿t write a review for it. I just do not think I am capable of capturing or explaining how poignant, smart, heart-breaking and beautiful it is. it¿s that simple.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Dylan Vincent considers himself a "contortionist" but not in the typical sense. He is the master of changing identity...and every time he changes he feels like the man he saw put himself into a little suitcase, stay in there for some time then come out all refreshed with no signs of his experience on him. Vincent is very very good and very clever...but suffers from intense migraines & tends to accidentally overdose from pain medication trying to fix his problem. And with the overdose comes psychiatric scrutiny...but each time he picks up a different persona...a new identity.I very very much liked this book ...this guy is so paranoid you start wondering who he really is and how he manages to stay afloat mentally.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
A strange, yet powerful book, with a protagonist suffering a host of problems. Most notably that he has to exist in a netherworld of identities to avoid crooks, prison, or the psychiatric hospitals. He's an identity forger, and the details we get on his work are fascinating, and sound authentic. The world we are shown is brutal and frightening. Recalls Chuck Palahniuk's work in a very good way, so if you like any of that, you'll enjoy this. Kept my interest and didn't know how it would end, so was quite good.
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Spanky-McChuckwagon More than 1 year ago
I really liked the tempo of this book. It went back and forth between flash backs and a psych evaluation after a drug overdose. I really liked the off beat descriptions and the realness of the feelings he tries to get across. I read this because Chuck had good things to say about it, and I wasn't disappointed.
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