Why did I love this book?
Never, in all my years of writing recommendation letters, have I considered them as a form of literature. In fact, recommendation letters strike me as anti-literature: documents of the bureaucrats, by the bureaucrats, and for the bureaucrats.
Yet here is a fabulous, funny, and rather touching epistolary novel written in the form of recommendation letters.
Our antihero is a cantankerous English professor at a second-rate university, firing off witty missives at institutions and employers. He is a man of words who wants to shape the world through words alone, without leaving his desk—and his results are suitably disappointing to him (though reliably amusing to the reader).