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Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is one of six nominees in the National Book Foundation contest for the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction. Details about the contest are posted here. On Monday, October 19, there will be a panel discussion about the book at Barnes & Noble 150 East 86th Street, Upper East Side. I voted for The Invisible Man in the NBF contest.

Thinking about Ellison's book brought to mind a very fun read from some years ago, Memoirs of an Invisible Man by Harry F. Saint. (The book was made into a not-so-good movie, but never mind that.) Memoirs of an Invisible Man - the book - is an entertaining story about a NYC securities analyst who suddenly becomes invisible. This sudden invisibility makes the analyst, Nick Halloway, of great interest to the CIA. Nick tries to avoid capture by those coppers, and live life in the city as an invisible guy, in this clever story. If you haven't read it, check it out.

As far as I can tell, there are no further books from Harry Saint. I do find it interesting, however, that his protagonist is named Nick Halloway, and I'm currently reading a book by Nick Harkaway, "The Gone-Away World". The things that happen.

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