Jules Feiffer's first satirical novel follows the rise and fall of a narcissistic lothario, Harry, from influential high-society hanger-on to suicidal cipher. "Blessed" by his family's endless bounty of love and hope, Harry is raised to believe he is the embodiment of perfection -- beautiful, infallible, irresistible. Persuaded to become the face of an idealistic political movement, Harry finally realizes the immense power and effect he can have. He attempts to leave his oblivious, self-obsessed ways behind -- but his personality shatters; his looks begin to fail; and women reject him! Originally published in 1963, this scathing, satirical fable comments less on the anomie of narcissism and more on the insecure desire of the world to find a charismatic messiah -- more relevant now than ever.
Important note: Although this book is by renowned cartoonist Jules Feiffer, it is a novel, in words -- not a graphic novel or a cartoon collection.