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The Diary of a Simpleton Mark D. Girshin

The Diary of a Simpleton

Mark D. Girshin

Published August 3rd 2009
ISBN : 9781607495833
Paperback
196 pages
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Alec, a new Russian A(c)migrA(c), sees robbers enter the hotel room of a fellow A(c)migrA(c) who has carelessly opened the door to them--and returns to his hotel to await the police. Why didnt Alec raise an alarm, rouse the very full hotel? Why didMoreAlec, a new Russian A(c)migrA(c), sees robbers enter the hotel room of a fellow A(c)migrA(c) who has carelessly opened the door to them--and returns to his hotel to await the police. Why didnt Alec raise an alarm, rouse the very full hotel? Why did he choose instead to become an accomplice to a crime? The reader will find the answer in Mark D. Girshins novel The Diary of a Simpleton. Our hero is Alec, a modest, emotionally defenseless young man. The guileless, self-effacing Alec commands no respect among the A(c)migrA(c)s who are getting ahead in America. They shout at him, cut him off, and find it easy to trick him. But he has a safe haven where he can go to get away from bad people: he writes stories about them, without, however, being terribly concerned about publishing them. A gallery of secondary characters files past the reader: Rita the hairdresser, the careerist Vovas, the sickly boy Lenya, the old lady literary agent, the police, the hotel workers, an American journalist, a college professor, and Gan, an old A(c)migrA(c) and owner of a used typewriter store. Serving as the backdrop is New York City, inimitable New York, where the hero finishes a debate that started on the other side of the ocean, in Russia.