The Typist: A Novel

The Typist: A Novel

by Michael Knight
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The Typist: A Novel by Michael Knight

Written with the stunning economy of language for which Michael Knight’s work has always been praised, The Typist is a rich and powerful work of historical fiction that expertly chronicles both the politics of the Pacific theater of World War II, and the personal relationships borne from the tragedies of warfare.

When Francis Vancleave (“Van”) joins the army in 1944, he expects his term of service to pass uneventfully. His singular talent—typing ninety-five words a minute—keeps him off the battlefield and in General MacArthur’s busy Tokyo headquarters, where his days are filled with paperwork in triplicate and letters of dictation.

But little does Van know that the first year of the occupation will prove far more volatile for him than for the U.S. Army. When he’s bunked with a troubled combat veteran-cum-black marketer and recruited to babysit MacArthur’s eight-year-old son, Van is suddenly tangled in the complex—and risky—personal lives of his compatriots. As he brushes shoulders with panpan girls and Communists on the streets of Tokyo, Van struggles to uphold his convictions in the face of unexpected conflict—especially the startling news from his war bride, a revelation that threatens Van with a kind of war wound he never anticipated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802197061
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 514,492
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael Knight is also the author of the novel, The Divining Rod; two collections of short fiction, Dogfight: And Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and a collection of novellas, The Holiday Season. His fiction has appeared in publications such as Esquire, The New Yorker and Oxford American. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

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The Typist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KeepReading More than 1 year ago
Michael Knight has told a young man's WWII story as a typist during the occupation of Japan under MacArthur with a different perspective. This is the story of a non-combat soldier who types 95wpm. He must come to an understanding of the events and people around him. His brand new wife becomes pregnant back home in Alabama by someone else. His roommate is dealing in the black market. His roommate has also fallen in love with Namiki, a department store mannequin model. He is also called upon to play each Saturday with MacArthur's son who has no playmates in Tokyo. The flow of Knight's written words is just perfect in showing the typist's feelings on all these events and how he will come to a maturity to handle it all. A bookclub would have plenty to discuss from the actions of the characters in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago