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X20 : A Novel of (not) Smoking
X20 A Novel of Smoking - not
Author: Richard Beard
ISBN-13: 9780380731947
ISBN-10: 0380731940
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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Gregory Simpson is thirty and trying to quit, keeping ten fingers glued to a keyboard in order to fight their incessant ache to hold a burning paper tube filled with dead leaves. In twenty entries in twenty days for twenty to a packone word for each cigarette inhaled over the course of ten smoke-filled yearshe examines his life in tense, withdrawal-induced fits and starts: the friendships cemented and defined by nicotine; the intimate relationships crushed or stifled; the acrid, immoral and rebellious satisfactions. But with strength of purpose and improved concentration comes the sobering revelation that his habit is more political than personal. Even if he kicks, Gregory realizes, he's still living in a tobacco world.