The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
An inventive and witty debut about a young man’s quest to become a writer and the misadventures in life and love that take him around the globe From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliableyet hopelessly earnestnarrator of this ambitious debut novel has wanted to become a... show more
An inventive and witty debut about a young man’s quest to become a writer and the misadventures in life and love that take him around the globe From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliableyet hopelessly earnestnarrator of this ambitious debut novel has wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s irresistible narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s enchanting friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies. As much a story about a young man and his friends trying to make their way in the world as a profoundly affecting exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards will appeal to readers of Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists and Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prizewinning A Visit from the Goon Squad with its elegantly constructed exploration of the stories we tell to find out who we really are. Kristopher Jansma has been named one of Flavorwire's "Up-and-Coming Culture Makers to Watch in 2013" and The Millions selected The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards as one their Most Anticipated Books of 2013
Publish date: March 21st 2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 251
Edition language: English
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This is such a very difficult book to review, as to give away too much of the plot, or say too much about the characters would ruin the reading experience of those yet to read it.Each chapter starts with a quote from a famous author about the art of writing, the art of creating fiction or just lying...
“Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”That quote from Emily Dickinson is the driving force behind this masterful, creative, spectacular debut novel from Kristopher Jansma, and he never lets you forget that, even for a second. It’s divided into two halves: What Was Lost and What Was Found, each of w...
I received an advance copy through Goodreads First Reads.Ok, maybe I'm missing something here that everyone else got, but this book completely missed the mark for me. The premise is certainly interesting: a series of short stories, and even stories within stories, centered around three main characte...
Highly enjoyable. My full review is here: http://mwgerard.com/review-the-unchangeable-spots-of-leopards-by-kristopher-jansma/
I received a copy of this book free through Goodreads first Reads.I work at a Senior/Youth center and donate all print books I win in giveaways to the library. I hope I get a chance to check this one out in the near future!!!