The Confessions of Max Tivoli
"We are each the love of someone's life." So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli,a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other.Born with the physical appearance of an elderly man, Max grows older mentally like any child, but his body appears to age backwards, growing younger every... show more
"We are each the love of someone's life." So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli,a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other.Born with the physical appearance of an elderly man, Max grows older mentally like any child, but his body appears to age backwards, growing younger every year. And yet, his physical curse proves to be a blessing, allowing him to try to win the heart of the same woman three times as at each successive encounter she fails to recognize him, taking him for a stranger, so giving Max another chance at love.Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, The Confessions of Max Tivoli is a beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, questioning the very nature of love, time, and what it means to be human.
Publish date: February 1st 2005
Pages no: 267
Edition language: English
"We are each the love of someone's life." It took me well over a hundred pages to fall in love with Max Tivoli, but I did. I fell in love with his sad, sentimental story. And Alice didn't deserve him. But I'm glad he got to know his son. The setting of time and place were perfect for this story. Ama...
Thought-provoking...and very sad.
Recommended to me by a friend, this is a good book - but not one that really suited my mood this week. It's a melancholy musing on the futility of love.The narrator, Max Tivoli, was born appearing to be a wizened old man of 70 - and for his entire life, ages backwards, gaining perspective and experi...
“I just wanted the main character to die so that the book would be over.” – a fellow book club memberSo, I didn’t feel quite that strongly about Max, but I did return it to the library as soon as I was finished, and I did thank the book gods that I hadn’t bought it. I was so anxious to be done with ...
It is a delicate task to write a book in which the main character repeatedly ruins the life of and frightens almost to death another major character and to make that protagonist sympathetic. You understand why he does what he does, you see how he fools himself into believing the consequences of his ...