Using his youthful notebook entries as a roadmap, DelGaudio embarks on a journey through his own past, stopping at the significant signposts that led him into the heart of a world populated by swindlers, con artists, and card cheats.
In Amoralman, Derek DelGaudio’s masterly memoiristic account of lying and self-deception, we start life fully capable of truth-telling ... Amoralman can be seen as a series of illustrations about how we deceive ourselves into believing that whatever we’re doing is right and good. There’s the sense that the only thing we can be certain of is that we’re being deceived. But also, that the real Amoralman, the most amoral man of all, is ourselves.
Secrets are at the center of Derek DelGaudio’s memoir A Moral Man. There are the secrets he chooses to keep and the ones he decides to reveal. In DelGaudio’s telling, family secrets lead to larger secrets and ultimately to his decision to cheat at cards. It is an interesting premise, and once DelGaudio gets into his journey with sleight of hand tricks it works. What is harder to follow is the family back story DelGaudio offers early on. Real life is less real than what happens when magic enters the narrative, it is the magic that makes DelGaudio’s words magical.