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The Visible Man review - Chuck Klosterman

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Chuck Klosterman, The Visible Man | HUMAN EXPERIMENT Klosterman's novel reveals a patient's complicated psyche through the notes of his therapist

The Visible Man

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Chuck Klosterman
publisher:
Scribner
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Narcissistic, delu­sional, yet clearly brilliant, Y____ is a psychoanalyst’s dream. In sessions with therapist Victoria Vick — whose notes and transcripts form the basis of the novel — he tells her bizarre stories that can’t possibly be true. He claims, for example, to have developed a suit that renders him nearly invisible, allowing him to watch strangers in an attempt to uncover truths about human behavior. With The Visible Man, Klosterman (husband of EW senior writer Melissa Maerz) has conjured up a novel that manages to be both wildly experimental and accessible, while making perceptive observations about privacy, human nature, and, of course, the author’s forte, pop culture. A-

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