The Visible Man

The Visible Man

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Treating a delusional scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible, Austin therapist Victoria Vick becomes obsessed with his accounts of spying on the private lives of others.

Baker
& Taylor

Treating a delusional scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible, Austin therapist Victoria Vick listens to his accounts of spying on the private lives of others, a situation with which Victoria becomes obsessed to the point that it threatens her career and marriage. 125,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Downtown Owl, “the Ethicist” of the New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman returns to fiction with his second novel—an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient, a man who can render himself invisible.

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman’s favorite themes—the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. Is this comedy, criticism, or horror? Not even Y__ seems to know for sure.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439184462
Branch Call Number: FIC KLO
Characteristics: 230 p. ;,23 cm.

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671books
Jul 07, 2014

Probably one of Chuck's better outings. The book reads well and the characters are believable. Which is saying something considering the book is above invisibility.

Full review here: http://www.671books.net/fiction/the-visible-man/

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VanEpidemic
Jun 29, 2013

This book is fascinating, especially if you like thinking about how people . . . well . . . think. The main character is a pretentious jerk, so take that into account - you're going to hate him. But it's incredibly thought-provoking.

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Poodles
Nov 10, 2011

I love Chuck Klosterman's insight into the human condition and his storytelling style. His nonfiction, especially on popular culture and music, is superior but he's warming up as a novelist. The Visible Man incorporates Klosterman's sociological strengths into a Hitchcockian thriller.

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