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Wrinkles by Charles Simmons
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Wrinkles

by Charles Simmons

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A brilliantly original examination of the many aspects that make up a life-from birth, up and over the hill, and into the wilderness of old age A truly astonishing and original work of fiction, Wrinkles is the story of a life lived forty-four times, from childhood to adulthood to old age. It is a story of one man, a writer, who is born, who grows, who loves, who stops loving; who eats, sleeps, smokes, lies, boozes, cheats, regrets, has sex, has dreams, and lives. In short yet intimately detailed chapters, each covering a single aspect of his life from youth through old age, we get to know this person fully through the small yet telling incidents that make him who he is. He remembers the taste of a cigarette, the feel of his army uniform, the scent of a lover, the strange and unexpected touch of a college professor's hand, and so many more small experiences that can never be shaken off. At once poignant, funny, and troubling, Charles Simmons's Wrinkles is a dissection of an ordinary existence made extraordinary through reflection-a brilliant celebration of the not-so-simple act of being alive.… (more)

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Short, 'biographical' chapters on a man's life in the following format: starts out with some remembrance or theme or obsession/compulsion of childhood, and then moves onto adulthood in which the man is still trying to figure out life, and future. By that point he has usually accepted or lost interst in whatever was previously preoccupying him. Each chapter is 3 1/2 - 4 pages long. There are about 40 chapters. I can see why Earl Shorris recommended this novel as one fot ebest books written about people. Even though the chapters are not very long and the dscriptions are thus terse and short, one gets the feeling that the author is wise. And sees a lot in people as the reader comes away from each chapter with increased understanding and compassion for the people of this world. (Dec 2002) ( )
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