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Leonard the Liar #2020

Leonard the Liar Just weeks before his wedding Leonard is approached by his dying ex flame who is trying to make her peace with the inevitable Her appearance triggers a chain of circumstances that turns his comfortab

  • Title: Leonard the Liar
  • Author: Nicholas Gagnier
  • ISBN: 1720820864
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leonard the Liar By Nicholas Gagnier, Just weeks before his wedding, Leonard is approached by his dying ex flame who is trying to make her peace with the inevitable Her appearance triggers a chain of circumstances that turns his comfortable world upside down Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 232 pages Published July 15th 2018 by FVR Publishing More Details ISBN 1720820864 ISBN13 9781720820864 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Leonard the Liar, please sign up

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ve read that have had that impact Which is why, reviewing Gagnier s book has been such an unexpected experience His little novella is one of those rarified stories I won t ever forget, alongside Fran oise Sagan s novell As a kid I read a short story in a magazine that has stayed with me ever since, the poignancy of the story was so powerful I never forgot it When you read a lot of fiction it takes a unique tale and way of conveying it to be unforgettable, I could probably name all the books I ve read that have had that impact Which is why, reviewing Gagnier s book has been such an unexpected experience His little novella is one of those rarified stories I won t ever forget, alongside Fran oise Sagan s novella, Sunlight on cold water, which is has quite a lot in common with, whilst not being in any way similar I don t however want to compare this book with others it would be too easy to say Gagnier could be the next Paul Auster but he could or that his writing has hints of Flaubert s tragi heroine Emma in Madam Bovary which it does Neither is it sufficient to note Gagnier has the phantasmagoric echo of older writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez s Love in the time of cholera, and yet simultaneously, is very much a writer of his generation the way the Beats poets captured theirs Nothing will truly sum up his alacrity with words and conveying emotion, you ll just have to read it for yourself I will say, this proves novellas, which are making a strong come back in the field of fiction, are a force to be contended with In many ways it is harder to put into a short story, everything, yet we know by the likes of Roald Dahl Kiss Kiss Over to you , that it s not only possible, it s like an extension of a favorite poem Gagnier has that alacrity of verse, and his characters get under our skin very quickly and stay there Of course the protagonist, Leonard who is not a liar has the greater relationship with the reader, but Gagnier pulls off some very believable and well rounded female characterizations as well as a slew of side fellows who bolster the credibility and believability of his storytelling With the line Death is the ultimate break up, this novel plunges the reader into a fast paced emotional rollercoaster, imminently relatable for anyone who has suffered loss, or queried the fates There are some classic lines that complement the strength of the story, including the retort Do you always talk like you re already dead There is a lot of pathos and dark humor too If he s a douchebag supreme, you re engaged to marry him and he s spending time with dying ex girlfriends behind your back There s also heart stopping matter of fact horror and grief alongside a savvy understanding of the male psyche and human condition, this alongside a backdrop of death, which much like a classic black comedy, the theme of death prevails but is not off putting.When Leonard considers that You are doing this to see how you are, that s the crux of his experience thus far, but not his entirety Leonard is a man who believes dishonesty is the devils playground yet continues to struggle to tell the truth, believing himself a broken soul who only messes up everything good he is given, this therefore, is his story of redemption and discovery As he says of his own catharsis Mom and dad left a house and a gaping hole in the ground It took two decades to build my own house over them Gagnier s storytelling is at once a simple shock to the system, as it is wily and philosophical, it would not do his work justice to say he s a modern author, because he has the informed maturity of a hundred voices previously working their way through his creative process I am reminded of some of my favorite movies in the visuals this story provoked, namely The Rivers Edge, for it has a gritty, bitter sweet undertone of youth turning into middle age, infatuation becoming love, connections transforming to loyalty, and the fragility of life As Leonard says Every moment you spend planning for something to go wrong is one less moment you ll have, in the end, to make things right Fortunately Gagnier ensures his character arc is redemptive and profound, you flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 01, 2018 Leah rated it it was amazing Leonard the Liar is very well written it opens with a hook and the plot races along its a pageturner, and the descriptions within the narrative is one of my favorite parts that s what distinguishes it as literature rather than a beach read The descriptions of the grocery store, cafe, dinner parties, etc made me feel quite amused and less alone as a human being I found myself laughing out loud at times, and glued to the book, throughout This is the first book I ve read front to back since Me Leonard the Liar is very well written it opens with a hook and the plot races along its a pageturner, and the descriptions within the narrative is one of my favorite parts that s what distinguishes it as literature rather than a beach read The descriptions of the grocery store, cafe, dinner parties, etc made me feel quite amused and less alone as a human being I found myself laughing out loud at times, and glued to the book, throughout This is the first book I ve read front to back since Memoirs of a Geisha Pick this one up you won t be able to put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 06, 2018 Kindra Austin rated it it was amazing Nicholas is a class act unpretentious and perfectly passionate, he illustrates the unique human experiences of Leonard the Liar with realistic dialogue and richly detailed narrative Nicholas characters are all breathing beings who remain with me, still That s the mark of an incredible writer flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 24, 2018 Kristiana rated it it was amazing Let me begin honestly There is no hiding the love I have always had for Nicholas Gagnier s work whether that be his poetry or being a beta reader for his novel Founding Fathers, due to be released in the summer of 2019 However, this also meant I approached reading Leonard the Liar with a preconceived notion of Gagnier s narrative voice I hear Gagnier as an angsty yet wise before his time twenty something to thirty something year old, who is both equally in and out of love with the world arou Let me begin honestly There is no hiding the love I have always had for Nicholas Gagnier s work whether that be his poetry or being a beta reader for his novel Founding Fathers, due to be released in the summer of 2019 However, this also meant I approached reading Leonard the Liar with a preconceived notion of Gagnier s narrative voice I hear Gagnier as an angsty yet wise before his time twenty something to thirty something year old, who is both equally in and out of love with the world around him This was not the voice I heard in the opening of Leonard the prologue which lays the foundations for the telling of this story.Gagnier s strength is in his characters His ability to write about the complexity and brilliance of human nature all at once His characters are not metaphors or windows to a bigger picture they are the people, like you and me, living in the bigger picture living in the world we struggle to recognise yet know all too well at the same time Leonard in his fifties appeared to lack this for me but Gagnier soon turned the tide.Each moment and encounter Leonard faces shapes him and reveals secrets, and paths he regrets walking down From struggling to even see Gagnier in the prologue, I soon saw little parts of myself in every character I saw myself in Skylar s reckless yet needy nature I saw myself in Leonard s lies and his endless search for happiness everywhere, except where it already exists I saw myself in Claire s ability to love even if it means getting hurt I saw myself in Luke s short tempered fury but perhaps not in his ability to win a bar fight singlehandedly.I read and enjoyed Leonard the Liar I smiled, laughed and furrowed my brow However, as the denouement opened I forgot about enjoyment and Gagnier s skilful storytelling took hold of me whether by the hand, heart or throat is hard to tell All I know is I felt every last syllable And I cried with both grief and hope because this is what Gagnier does He introduces you to a man we can all relate to A man who has secrets, insecurities and memories he would rather not share A man who lies, loves and loses But, despite all of the heartbreak in this novella, there is light There is light wherever you would like it to be in the happy ending, in the morning sky or at the end of the tunnel.Gagnier always reminds us to Never lose your light and I think for the first time it truly made sense, thanks to Skylar s words I hope you will forgive me the words my darkness spoke, and use them to find your light In short, mid fifties Leonard makes perfect sense by the final pages and my preconceived notion of Gagnier s voice was flipped on its head introducing me again to him as a writer whose voice will always be heard above the crowd flag 1 likeLike 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    1. I want to live inside of Nicholas Gagnier s mind and find a home on his pages Whether he is spilling his soul through poetry or pouring his observations into a novel, Nicholas Gagnier is off the charts brilliant and everyone who needs to get away for a moment or come back to themselves, needs to pick up this book, and every book this man ever publishes He is by far one of my all time favourite artists.

    2. As a kid I read a short story in a magazine that has stayed with me ever since, the poignancy of the story was so powerful I never forgot it When you read a lot of fiction it takes a unique tale and way of conveying it to be unforgettable, I could probably name all the books I ve read that have had that impact Which is why, reviewing Gagnier s book has been such an unexpected experience His little novella is one of those rarified stories I won t ever forget, alongside Fran oise Sagan s novell As [...]

    3. Leonard the Liar is very well written it opens with a hook and the plot races along its a pageturner, and the descriptions within the narrative is one of my favorite parts that s what distinguishes it as literature rather than a beach read The descriptions of the grocery store, cafe, dinner parties, etc made me feel quite amused and less alone as a human being I found myself laughing out loud at times, and glued to the book, throughout This is the first book I ve read front to back since Me Leon [...]

    4. Nicholas is a class act unpretentious and perfectly passionate, he illustrates the unique human experiences of Leonard the Liar with realistic dialogue and richly detailed narrative Nicholas characters are all breathing beings who remain with me, still That s the mark of an incredible writer.

    5. Let me begin honestly There is no hiding the love I have always had for Nicholas Gagnier s work whether that be his poetry or being a beta reader for his novel Founding Fathers, due to be released in the summer of 2019 However, this also meant I approached reading Leonard the Liar with a preconceived notion of Gagnier s narrative voice I hear Gagnier as an angsty yet wise before his time twenty something to thirty something year old, who is both equally in and out of love with the world arou Let [...]

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