What a Piece of Work I Am

Kraft, Eric. What a Piece of Work I Am (a Conflabulation). New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1994.

Confessional: I am growing tired of Kraft’s wittiness. Even though each Peter Leroy book is nothing like the others, there is a certain repetition of cunning that is wearying. Case in point: Ariane Lodkochnikov is the subject of What a Piece of Work I Am only Peter has admitted she is the sister of his imaginary friend. Tricky. Tricky because Ariane made an appearance in the previous Leroy story as a childhood crush. Now they are older and Ariane wants Peter to help tell her life story. In telling her story Peter reinvents her a second time (hence the title of the book). But! She’s supposed to be dead as well as imaginary. I have no imagination for this. Odd, I know. Probably the most interesting part to What a Piece of Work I Am is how Kraft incorporates Leroy’s grandparents back into the story. They have an imaginative story as well. Peter’s grandmother is dying of pancreatic cancer but has always wanted to sail to Rarontonga. With the help of Ariane, Peter’s grandfather gives his wife her wish in fantasy form.

Reason read: to continue the series started in February, honoring Kraft’s birth month.

Author fact: I am running out of things to say about Eric Kraft. According to the internet he was born in 1944.

Book trivia: Curious to note: Ariane creeps around the construction site of a resort much in the same way Peter explored his high school while it was being built.

BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Eric Kraft: Too Good To Miss” (p 141). Like all the others, I might add…



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