A Changed Man: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 2005 - Fiction - 432 pages
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On an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, a young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change in his life. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger who claims to have read Maslow's books, who has Waffen-SS tattoos under his shirtsleeves, and who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him?

As he gradually turns into the sort of person who might actually be able to do that, Vincent also transforms those around him: Maslow, who fears that heroism has become a desk job; Bonnie Kalen, the foundation's fund-raiser, a divorced single mother and a devoted believer in Maslow's crusade against intolerance and injustice; and Bonnie's teenage son, Danny, whose take on the world around him is at once openhearted, sharp-eyed, and as fundamentally decent as his mother's.

Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man illuminates the everyday transactions in our lives, exposing what remains invisible in plain sight in our drug-addled and media-driven culture. Remarkable for the author's tender sympathy for her characters, A Changed Man poses the essential questions: What constitutes a life worth living? Is it possible to change? What does it mean to be a moral human being? The fearless intelligence, wit, and humanity that inform this novel make it Francine Prose's most accomplished yet.

 

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A CHANGED MAN

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A neo-Nazi abandons his Aryan supremacist buddies and joins a humanitarian relief organization.When 30ish underachiever Vincent Nolan, perversely resplendent in shaved head and swastika tattoos ... Read full review

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User Review  - madknitta - LibraryThing

What is Vincent Nolan hiding? From the moment that Nolan---a former member of the Aryan Resistance Movement---walks into the Brotherhood Watch office to denounce his racist ways and offer his services ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
30
Section 3
52
Section 4
62
Section 5
74
Section 6
83
Section 7
95
Section 8
101
Section 18
262
Section 19
269
Section 20
275
Section 21
282
Section 22
290
Section 23
293
Section 24
302
Section 25
314

Section 9
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Section 10
118
Section 11
159
Section 12
173
Section 13
207
Section 14
225
Section 15
246
Section 16
250
Section 17
256
Section 26
324
Section 27
334
Section 28
361
Section 29
378
Section 30
387
Section 31
408
Section 32
418
Section 33
422
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About the author (2005)

Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.

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