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Being Invisible

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Publisher's Weekly
There is no greater danger to a novelist than the ''bright ideas,'' the seemingly hilarious notion that requires, if it is to come off, steady comic invention, freshness and originality, the sense of something new under the sun. Berger's wimpy protagonist Fred Wagner, a would-be novelist employed to write ad copy for schlocky novelty merchandise, proves unequal to his creator's admittedly intriguing premise. Equipped with the gift of making himself invisible, Fred encounters strange new worldsoffice sex, for example, as practiced by his boss, a woman who ministers to her boss when not more gainfully occupied. Fred himself has as much as he can handle with the blowsy redhead who is his neighbor and the featherbrained colleague who can't write her way out of a subordinate clause. These hijinks fall flat; the sex comedy does not induce laughter; even Berger's (The Feud generally energetic prose is trite. Early on we are assured that ''through being invisible Wagner learned many truths that otherwise would have been invisible.'' Nothing could be further from the truth. (April 15)

Library Journal
are not going well for Fred Wagner, a typical Berger victim. His wife has left him, his job as a catalog copywriter is becoming increasingly unsatisfying, and his novel, after six years, has not progressed beyond the opening pages. Wagner discovers, however, that he does have a talenthe can make himself invisibleand the novel recounts his struggle to make the best of this unique gift. But surprisingly, Wagner finds that whether he is trying to bypass a long line, steal from a bank, or avoid his co-workers, invisibility has its drawbacks; rather than improving his situation, each invisible adventure leads to a further mishap. In subject and tone, Berger's novel is similar to Charles Simmons's Powdered Eggs (1964), but it is less innovative in style and narrative technique. Recommended for larger fiction collections. William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

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Hardback Editions

July 1988 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Being Invisible
Author(s): Todd R Berger
ISBN: 0-413-16970-7 / 978-0-413-16970-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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June 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Being Invisible (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Thomas Berger
ISBN: 0-8161-4446-X / 978-0-8161-4446-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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April 1987 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Being Invisible
Author(s): Thomas Berger
ISBN: 0-316-09158-8 / 978-0-316-09158-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T)
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Paperback Editions

May 1989 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Being Invisible
Author(s): Todd R Berger
ISBN: 0-7493-0019-1 / 978-0-7493-0019-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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August 1988 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Being Invisible (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Thomas Berger
ISBN: 0-14-010871-8 / 978-0-14-010871-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin USA (P)
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Being Invisible: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Berger
Publisher: Open Road Media
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