A Changed Man (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald could not have been more wrong when he said that there are no second acts in American lives. To begin anew is the oldest and most persistent of American dreams, having shaped the narrative of much of American literature and defined the character of American religion. In their current incarnations, stories of reform and rebirth, second chances and second actsideally accompanied by revealing autobiography and heartfelt confessionare also staples of the celebrity-obsessed popular media.
In A Changed Man, one of American fiction’s most consistently provocative comic novelists offers another variation on this perennial theme. In recent novels such as Primitive People (1992), Hunters and Gatherers (1995), Guided Tours of Hell (1997), and Blue Angel (2000), Francine Prose has created a series of fearless, funny, acerbic, and humane portraits of men, women, and children and the culture that surrounds and shapes them. She has never been afraid of being politically incorrectin Hunters and Gatherers she mocked New Age feminism; in Guided Tours of Hell she examined the envious vanity of a minor writer and the character of a flawed Holocaust survivor in a visit to Auschwitz; in Blue Angel she showed how charges of sexual harassment could be used as a weapon in the...
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