Max Tivoli is writing the story of his life. He is nearly seventy years old, but he looks as if he is only seven - for Max is ageing backwards.
The tragedy of Max's life was to fall in love at seventeen with Alice, a girl his own age - but to her, Max looks like an unappealingly middle-aged man.
However when Max reaches the age of thirty-five, with an appearance to match, he has his second chance at love.
But tragedy befalls this star-crossed couple, and desperate measures are required.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/04/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571220229
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Review by LibraryCin
Max Tivoli is aging backwards. When he was born, he resembled an old man. He knows he will die in 1941, so he is aging backwards from 70 years old. When he is 17 (but looks like a man in his 50s), he falls in love with 14-year old Alice. Of course, he can't do anything about it. He loves Alice for the rest of his life and does meet her again when they are both in their 30s. She doesn't recognize him from when she was 14. It was ok. It was sometimes hard to follow as Max went back and forth in time from when he was writing to tell the “confessions” of his life, and the dividing line in time wasn't always clear. I certainly didn't agree with many of the things Max did or decisions he made. I did think the end “fit”.