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I first read this on the 10th November 1995 and most recently on the 7th June 2006
Dr John Wagner is in his fifties, stuck in a
Middle American university, dreaming of youth and excitement.
He's pretty convinced it's all passed him by. Then a student makes
him an offer that he simply can't refuse. A chance to
re-live his life, to be young again. Of course, there's a price, but
then there always is.
What does he go and do with his new youth? He runs off to San Francisco
and deals drugs.
The above gives a brief introduction to the first story, "Dr Lucky" in
the book. Also featured in this story is the lovely Maggie and We loosely
follow the female members of her family through several more
It's completely pointless me trying to say much about this book. I don't
understand it. I'm pleasantly mystified by it, but I wouldn't change it
for the world.
What! This is a collection of short stories!
Well, no (desperately struggling here) I don't think so.
I've always read it simply as a straight novel. Didn't occur to me that it could be anything else
until I was writing this review. I admit that the sections are tenuously
connected, but it's a heck of a lot more mysteriously satisfying as a novel.
Loaded on the 15th July 2006.