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The Contortionist's Handbook Paperback – Sep 24 2003


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Sept. 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931561486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931561488
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 14.4 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By lorie on April 16 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was looking so foreword to reading this book after Chuck Palahnuik stated it was on of the best books he has read in a decade.
I suppose I set my expectations too high. I thought the book would have more depth and substance, but honestly the main character kind of fell flat for me. I neither liked him nor hated him, just felt ambivalent about him. The book does have some interesting stories woven into it, but it is definitely not as great as one would expect it to be, after such a glowing Palahnuik review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hughes on June 21 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is about a guy who has terrible headaches. He takes obscene amounts of all the best drugs to try and shut out the effects of these aches. Usually this ends up with him in the hospital being revived or sedated. After an incident like that a social worker is assigned to interview him to and decide if he is sane and can be released or if he needs to be turned over to the custody of the state. As luck would have it our "contortionist" is a forgery wiz and creates a new identity every time his current persona gets into a sticky situation. The story flashes back during a social worker interview, and ties together nicely with funny moments through out the entire book. Its an interesting read and it seems that Clevenger (the author) has a background in the field. But he is probably just a good writer. The Contortionist's Handbook is terrific read. Pick up a copy! Another book I need to recommend, as others have, is the comic novel, "The Losers Club: Complete Restored Edition" by Richard Perez, a fast, darkly funny novel with short chapters and a goofy light touch, kind of like "High Fidelity." So definitely my top 2 Amazon recommendations are The Contortionist's Handbook and The Losers' Club -- you won't be bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P Henry on July 12 2004
Format: Paperback
I rarely write reviews...especially about books due to the fact that I'm very very picky about which books I read. I found that with the Contortionists Handbook I was reading slower toward the end because I didn't want to finish the book...especially without another of Clevenger's to read. I was truly astounded as to how amazing this book was. The only reason I wrote this review is to tell you not to take the advice of any negative reviews...this WILL be one the best books you will EVER read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin S. Chenowith on April 16 2004
Format: Paperback
this book definitely hooked me in right away. one of those books you wish you could read straight through ignoring the rest of your life for awhile. i found it very very well-written. there were weaknesses: i agree with another reviewer that the love story part was a bit sappy as well as the crime-mob dialogue. but i found the character himself really intriguing. that line "sometimes i can be so smart and sometimes i can be so stupid" sums him up. i really did feel like i was privy to the thoughts of this incredibly intelligent man who is missing some really really obvious stuff. he's devised the most complicated solution possible to his problem but he WORKS that solution so well, is so focused on that solution that its never occurred to him to try a different angle. and really his adopted solution makes perfect sense with respect to his background. i was a bit disappointed that he actually did break out of his one-track view at the end. i think it would have been a more interesting ending if he had stayed on his complex little hampster-wheel...
anyway.. definitely a promising writer. i'm looking forward to reading more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on April 8 2004
Format: Paperback
I will not go into what the book is about or what goes on in it. I am not that type of reviewer. I borrowed this book from a friend and thought it was well written and the subject matter made it even more interesting, and it just got better and better. I never write reviews but really loved this book.
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By Susan C. Guderyan on Sept. 29 2011
Format: Hardcover
Arrived on time and in great condition! Over all I give it 5 stars! Thank you so much. Would buy from again.
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Format: Paperback
Loved this book, a real page turner, can't wait to read his next one, Dermaphoria, which is in the mail.
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Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book from chuckpalahniuk.net. Then I read the first 37 pages on this website, then I just had to buy the book.
I loved learning about how he gets his fake identities and how he realises he's happy(at least that's how I'm taking it) at the end.
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