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The Double Life Of Mr. Alfred Burton

E. Phillips Oppenheim

Book Overview: 

Alfred Burton, a smooth-talking salesman, is having a perfectly ordinary day on the job when he stumbles across a strange plant in an old house. What he doesn't realize is that the fruit of the plant, when eaten, will change not merely the entire course of his life, but in fact his very self.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He lived on very little, but the weekly amount must always be sent to Garden Green. There came a time when he broke in upon the last five pound note of his savings. He realized the position without any actual misgivings. He denied himself regretfully a tiny mezzotint of the Raphael "Madonna," which he coveted for his mantelpiece. He also denied himself dinner for several evenings. When fortune knocked at his door he was, in fact, extraordinarily hungry. He still had faith, notwithstanding his difficulties, and no symptoms of dejection. He was perfectly well aware that this need for food was, after all, one of the most unimportant affairs in the world, although he was forced sometimes to admit to himself that he found it none the less surprisingly unpleasant. Chance, however, handed over to him a shilling discovered upon the curb, and a high-class evening paper left upon a seat in the Park. He had no sooner eaten and drunk with the former than he opened the latter. There w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Alfred Burton has a stunning experience with truth. He becomes victim to the beauty of true clarity. I say "victim" because the downside is that he can no longer enjoy the things he used to; all he was and all he once enjoyed has become abhorrent to him once he sees the truth of it all.

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A very interesting premise betrayed by its unfolding.