Epub ❧ Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear Author Matthew Salesses – Vehikool.co.uk

Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear Smart, heartbreaking, incisive, and absolutely hilarious all at the same time For anyone who has ever felt they ve spent their life straddling two worlds as if they were two people while simultaneously feeling like they re unseen by the majority of society I found myself thinking a lot about the space my body and my consciousness and the person I am occupies in this world, and what I believed about the change I could effect in my life I loved the uncanny nature of the doppelgangers, a mystery Smart, heartbreaking, incisive, and absolutely hilarious all at the same time For anyone who has ever felt they ve spent their life straddling two worlds as if they were two people while simultaneously feeling like they re unseen by the majority of society I found myself thinking a lot about the space my body and my consciousness and the person I am occupies in this world, and what I believed about the change I could effect in my life I loved the uncanny nature of the doppelgangers, a mystery that never quite gets revealed bc that s not the point This is a revelatory book that is thick with ideas, set in today s fraught political climate and heavy with losses, and it does so with gravitas, ingenuity and humor I laughed a lot while reading this book Loved it I like surreal books This book definitely is surreal and introspective 1 5th of the way in I had to stop None of the characters seemed anything but pathetic Like watching the Debbie Downer sketches on Saturday Night Live except all the characters were downers Without empathizing with the people in the book, I lost interest Hopefully other readers will report differently The idea and the story was compelling Adding in the element of adoption also added an element of the human condition th I like surreal books This book definitely is surreal and introspective 1 5th of the way in I had to stop None of the characters seemed anything but pathetic Like watching the Debbie Downer sketches on Saturday Night Live except all the characters were downers Without empathizing with the people in the book, I lost interest Hopefully other readers will report differently The idea and the story was compelling Adding in the element of adoption also added an element of the human condition that made the story very interesting at several layers I simply wasn t interested in the main character or others he encountered Prove me wrong, please I liked the idea I received this ARC from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review I chose the book because it was interesting and would likely have purchased it Disappear Doppelg nger Disappear by Matt SalessesInvisibility is a social issue that doesn t get the attention it deserves It affects many segments of the population, but some groups bearof the burden of being unseen than others Disappear Doppelganger Disappear, begins with an abbreviated list of disappearances governmentally sanctioned limits on immigration, particularly affecting Asian immigration Author Matthew Salesses addresses this burden through character Matt Kim, who has lost h Disappear Doppelg nger Disappear by Matt SalessesInvisibility is a social issue that doesn t get the attention it deserves It affects many segments of the population, but some groups bearof the burden of being unseen than others Disappear Doppelganger Disappear, begins with an abbreviated list of disappearances governmentally sanctioned limits on immigration, particularly affecting Asian immigration Author Matthew Salesses addresses this burden through character Matt Kim, who has lost his parents, family, and quickly losing all sense of himself As a Korean American adopted child, Matt seeks connection He s divorced and estranged from his daughter and seems to be willing to do anything to reestablish connections Like the character in his own novel He was at an age of dwindling options Each choice he made limited the choices he had left Then there are the doppelg ngers written as separate characters There is the Matt who is everything Matt thinks he d have liked to have been, but this Matt has been murdered The girlfriend, who changes her name, though the original Matt sees this change as the creation of another doppelganger The story reinforces the premise that in order to communicate, there must be a share d belief in imaginary things nations, limited liability corporations, money, gender, race It isn t clear what these characters believe in, but clearly, this author understands the nuances of humor.This book is not for the person looking for an easy read It is hard to keep track of the many Matts, including the one named for the author The magical elements, which let Matt travel through space and time though only between two locations and times, are interesting and unforgettable, but difficult as well, taking the form of cracks in walls, yellow yarn and bubbles It is in the existential questions where the universal appeal resides, and it goes beyond a plea for male Asian adoptees immigrants to be seen In this one and only world, messy and circumstantial and shared, nothing is completely free from its opposite You are not only who you are, but who you are not This is an important book for the times in which we live, and probably, for any time Crises change, but the need for human connection and living authentically never disappear, even when we want them to.Recommended to anyone looking for deeper meaning in fiction I read and advanced readers copy of Disappear Doppelg nger Disappear provided by NetGalley The book will be released on August 11, 2020 3.5 4 This is an odd and interesting read, one that I think is ultimately worth the ride, even if that ride takes you out of your comfort zone in ways that may or may not work for you.The issue of minority visibility invisibility in America s state of white supremacy is both timely and timeless, sadly, since we as a country have only ever made small inroads in our institutionalized racism, from politics to law to societal beliefs Matt Kim, the main character of the book, is obsessed with his o 3.5 4 This is an odd and interesting read, one that I think is ultimately worth the ride, even if that ride takes you out of your comfort zone in ways that may or may not work for you.The issue of minority visibility invisibility in America s state of white supremacy is both timely and timeless, sadly, since we as a country have only ever made small inroads in our institutionalized racism, from politics to law to societal beliefs Matt Kim, the main character of the book, is obsessed with his own increasing invisibility, both in society and in his personal relationships.The book is written in first person and opens with a strong sense of the surreal and reads like the stream of consciousness of an unreliable narrator Kim s thoughts, especially in the beginning, are erratic, somewhat extreme, and often removed from emotion The result is a bit disorienting but serves to match the emotional and mental state of the character.The actual plot of the book is slow to unfold and even slower to feelgrounded, and character motivation was sometimes beyond my comprehension However, as plot and family characters are introduced, Kim s journey into his concerns of invisibility, his doppelganger, and his place in the world become a bitcohesive though still surreal I won t adddetail, simply because I don t know what would be considered spoilery and what wouldn t Ultimately, though, the book works successfully with its allegory, symbolism, and philosophical asides to contribute to the ongoing conversations regarding race visibility invisibility issues we face today My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. I DNF d this around 1 4 of the way in I appreciate the surrealist vibe the author was going for, and the synopsis of the book was VERY intriguing, but unfortunately I really did not connect with this at all I m sure there will be an audience who absolutely loves this book, but it just wasn t for me. This book and its narrator were so strange, I felt a bit unmoored while reading it I had no idea what was going to happen from moment to moment Yet throughout, I was drawn in, and I found myself connecting with things about this narrator even as I was confused, even repulsed by him The feeling throughout of being aware of racism that other people can t see was so familiar In some ways, reading this book was similar to a feeling I have after reading a poem, where I can t explain the poem or te This book and its narrator were so strange, I felt a bit unmoored while reading it I had no idea what was going to happen from moment to moment Yet throughout, I was drawn in, and I found myself connecting with things about this narrator even as I was confused, even repulsed by him The feeling throughout of being aware of racism that other people can t see was so familiar In some ways, reading this book was similar to a feeling I have after reading a poem, where I can t explain the poem or tell you what it meant, but it nevertheless leaves me feeling a lot of profound emotions, emotions that I can t fully articulate This one takes some thought and concentration not a light read But it is a good one and told with some humor This author has some other books, so he knows how to formulate a story Recommended for those seeking an intellectual and funny story.Thanks very much for the ARC for review This is an enigmatic and captivating book The way the oddity seemed regarded as okay really set a great tone for me, and wonderfully imagined Loved it. From The Bestselling Author Of The Hundred Year Flood Comes An Incredibly Entertaining And Profoundly Affecting Tour De Force About A Korean American Man S Strange And Ordinary Attempts To Exist Matt Kim Is Always Tired He Keeps Passing Out His Cat Is Dead His Wife And Daughter Have Left Him He S Estranged From His Adoptive Family People Bump Into Him On The Street As If He Isn T ThereHe Is Pretty Sure He S Disappearing His Girlfriend, Yumi, Is Less Convinced But Then She Runs Into Someone Who Looks Exactly Like Her, And Her Doppelg Nger Turns Out To Have Dated Someone Who Looks Exactly Like Matt Except The Other Matt Was Superior In Every Way He Was Clever, Successful, Generous, And Beloved Until One Day He Suddenly And Completely Vanished Without Warning How Can Matt Kim Protect His Existence When A Better Version Of Him Wasn T Able To Or Is His Worse Life A Reason For His Survival Set In A Troubling Time In Which A Presidential Candidate Is Endorsed By The KKK And White Men In Red Hats Stalk Harvard Square, Disappear Doppelg Nger Disappear Is A Haunting And Frighteningly Funny Novel About Asian American Stereotypes, The Desires That Make Us Human, Puns, And What Happens To The Self When You Have To Become Someone Else To Be Seen Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC

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