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An invitation from a dead man propels a Chicago plumber on a perilous journey from blue-collar America to the exotic Far East — and beyond into dangerous, unchartered territory. Stylish, elegant and thrilling, Stuart Cohen's provocative debut draws readers into a treacherous world of artists and smugglers, duplicitous friends and seductive enemies. Invisible World is both a novel of adventure and a mesmerizing exploration of the unseen world.

Andrew Mann's mundane existence ends the day he receives an astonishing communication from his jet-setting childhood friend, Clayton Smith. Over the years, Clayton had sent Andy one postcard after another, chronicling his daring worldwide travels as well as his tranformation into a cosmopolitan, successful artist in Hong Kong. Matters take a surreal turn when Clayton sends Andy an airplane ticket to Asia along with an invitation to his own funeral, dispatched shortly before his mysterious suicide. Clayton's posthumous message to his conventional friend: "I've always been a wild card. Play me."

Set on an irrevocably life-changing course, the reluctant Chicagoan becomes entangled in Clayton's treasure hunt for the perfect textile, an exquisite fabric mapping the "Invisible World" that lies beyond our senses. The lines between the material world and the invisible one lose distinction on this challenging, ciruitous quest, bringing Andy to the awe-inspiring vastness of Inner Mongolia... and the discovery of the strength and power within every man.

Romantic and exciting, Stuart Cohen's graceful and provocative novel is a stunning literary journey. Peopled with intense, fascinating characters set in rich, exotic locales, and accented with touches of magical realism, this exhilarating expedition to the edge of the world will leave readers inspired.

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jfair1, November 11, 2006 (view all comments by jfair1)
Antique textile smuggling in South America, plots in Hong Kong, lost monasteries in Mongolia, and a personal invitation by the protagonist's best friend to his own funeral. This book has everything, but unlike your average potboiler, it's complex and well written.

At the end of his rope in Inner Mongolia, Clayton checks into a hotel in the capitol. "I could see immediately that it was the kind of room people commit suicide in," he remarks to another traveler in the hotel dining room. The man looks at Clayton strangely, but tells him, "I had that room last trip," and they agree that Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is one hell of a metaphore, whichever way you slice it.

In Stuart Cohen's grip, I could feel that region myself just then, located somewhere behind and below my heart, where one's fears lie in wait. What is Clayton doing in Inner Mongolia, anyway? Committing suicide or searching for his Holy Grail? And is it with good or evil intent that he lures his childhood friend to follow him?

I was reminded of The Magus, another book in which another's hand manipulates the characters. But unlike that heart-of-the-60's book, which confounds spirituality with sexuality, this is a 90's book and works at the borderline of spirituality and the desire for possession -- possession of money, of a perfect work of art, of spiritual accomplishment.

High adventure, travel, layers of betrayal, the mysteries of the spirit, and the mysterious plan which Clayton, the now-deceased genius, has left behind him, are awesomely combined by the author. "A good unknown," Cohen writes, "is the best thing you can give somebody." And, he adds, finding a good unknown becomes rarer and rarer the older we get.

With Invisible World, Cohen gives us that rare gift: the book contains a good unknown, in all senses of the word. Cohen gives us just a glimpse or two of that polymorphous, barely imagined, completely invisible world that we all seek.

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ISBN:
9780060392277
Author:
Cohen, Stuart
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
China
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Plumbers
Subject:
Friendship -- Fiction.
Subject:
Inner Mongolia (China) Fiction.
Subject:
Inner Mongolia
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
bk. 2
Publication Date:
19971229
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.60x6.47x1.18 in. 1.42 lbs.

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