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The Man Who Fell to Earth | [Walter Tevis]

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Thomas Newton is an extraterrestrial, one of only 300 left on his home planet. Using his superior intelligence and skills, Newton amasses a small fortune and a business empire, but soon must battle unexpected foes: the CIA, alcoholism, loneliness, himself. An utterly absorbing psychological study of one man's struggle to survive on 20th-century Earth.
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Thomas Newton is an extraterrestrial, one of only 300 left on his home planet. Using his superior intelligence and skills, Newton amasses a small fortune and a business empire, but soon must battle unexpected foes: the CIA, alcoholism, loneliness, himself. An utterly absorbing psychological study of one man's struggle to survive on 20th-century Earth.

©2007 Walter Tevis; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 06-10-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "a deserved classic not just of SF"

    Walter Tevis is a great and overlooked writer, look at his work: Man Who Fell.., Mockingbird, Hustler, Color of Money, Queen's Gambit. I wish all of his work was available on audio so he could be more widely appreciated. He is an excellent writer, both stylistically and thematically with some wonderful imagery and symbolism. This is one of Guidall's better narrations, before he got too enamored of his own voice, and though I'd like to hear another version by someone, I can and have listened to this numerous times. & I always find a little more in it than I remembered. think about characters who fall to Earth, Superman, Christ, Lucifer, and of course Icarus and then think about an existential take on that idea and you'll see much more in this. i was struck this time by the anti-superman idea and a loss of identity theme and remembered a line from Vonnegut's Mother Night, "we must beware what we pretend to be, lest we become what we pretend to be."

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    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
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    "Very good read/listen to."

    This is outstanding for its time. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. Good flow to the story it keeps your attention. A must read for the 40 something science fiction enthusiast, for a sample of the beginning of sci fi writing.

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 05-04-09
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2004
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    The narration was good and the story in general was OK, but a bit repetitive; many scenes in which the alien gets drunk.

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