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 The Typist

by Michael Knight

"Young Americans like Francis Vancleave in Michael Knight's novel The Typist were posted in Japan after World War II, typing reports and wandering aimlessly through the streets of Tokyo. Van, bewildered and disoriented, is forced to reconfigure his Western view of the world, his ideas of power and kindness ...  Van replays his life and the decisions he has made. He sees his life 'unspooling' like a 'half-remembered dream.'" -- Los Angeles Times