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Although Nick Flynn is most renowned for his beautifully morbid poetry and pose, his unique style lent a hand in developing an oddly satisfying memoir. Most would come to object this work of art due to its depressing subject matter, but I find it refreshing. To tell a tale so artistically and in a way never attempted before opened my eyes to a possibly new form of literature. It isn't the subject that is under judgment, it is the way in which it is executed. But, was it worth it? I find myself to be in conflict over the matter on if the book was a good read. I enjoyed it cover to cover, but I do not think it will be on my re-read list. Flynn tells a (true) story, one of which only needs to be heard once, but told a thousand times over. In all honesty, choose for yourself.
May 8, 2008
Every awful thing
This dude has some SERIOUS baggage! Though well-written, due to its subject matter the book is terribly hard to read. Daddy-issues, mommy-issues, depression, addiction, suicide, and homelessness are just a few of the themes here.
Nick Flynn is well-regarded as a poet, and much of this memoir reads like a lovely prose poem, particularly the chapter entitled "Same Again." He goes off the rails a bit, however, with a chapter near the end of the book which is written ostensibly as a play in the model of King Lear, but with all the characters as homeless men dressed as Santa Clause.
I read this for my book club, and am glad I read it, but I wouldn't read it again and would definitely think twice before recommending it to others.
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