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If you've experienced a similar, traumatic death by gun violence, then this memoir might be cathartic but the writing was not as compelling as I hoped. I enjoy getting into a characters psyche, but this book did not do this for me..
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If you could sum up Son of a Gun in three words, what would they be?
I couldn't possibly do that. Even though it is a short book, it gets under the skin of so many issues mothers and sons, gun violence, loss, the beauty and isolation of the desert, and the western ideal of the righteous outlaw.
Who was your favorite character and why?
There aren't really characters because this is a memoir, but the story is about the author's journey, so I'd say he come across as both symapathetic and flawed. You can also understand his lose and how the world he's from affects his ability to grieve his tremendous loss.
Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?
The mom's eccentric ex-fiance who tries to involve the narrator in a pyramid scheme.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This book was very engaging and is also one listened to more than once. Despite the central tragedy, the book is engaging on many levels and is well written. I really liked this book.
Any additional comments?
This isn't a trashy true crime novel that takes morbid pleasure in pouring over the details of a crime. It's a memoir that delves into the height and weight of loss and examines really timely, relevant themes without being preachy or ham-handed. It is well worth the cost of one credit.