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Charged with rage and despair, humor and hope, this unforgettable book is about losing one’s way and finding it again, and the redemptive power of art.
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By NMwritergal on 11-12-17
2 stars? 3 stars?
The audio book was free with Kindle Unlimited. When something is free, I tend to be a little more generous. If I had used a credit, I’d’ve probably given it 2 stars (it was okay).
Good writing, a fast and easy read, not a memoir about something really tragic, e.g., your entire family is wiped out by a tsunami but you survive; held hostage and tortured by __________ (fill in the blank); rape; the Holocaust or other genocides. You get the picture.
At first I thought it was just a “normal guy” story. When I realized the author had actually published 2 works of fiction (I had never heard of him despite the fact that I read/listen to a couple hundred books a year) taught as an adjunct professor, wrote for magazines, AND lived in NY, I was both more interested and less interested. While I enjoy reading about something that I can relate to, I could see this was the “insular writing world” and not the writing world that many other writers inhabit. That his ex was also a writer…I started to wonder about her side of the story and how much was the literary truth as opposed to the literal truth and that leeched some of the enjoyment for me. It started to feel like a “celebrity” memoir, which I generally don’t like—Janis Ian’s was an exception!
Like the last memoir I read, the tone was a little too flip for the emotion to come through (except for the parts about his son). Tone aside, I couldn’t feel too badly for the guy because he seems to have dug his own grave in many cases and was completely inept when it came to getting out of it. I mean, really. If you can’t make your living as a writer (and not many can), do something else. Not everyone gets their dream career.
Still, it was interesting enough that I was never bored. It probably deserves the 3rd star for that alone.
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