Patti Smith pulled me into the world she shared and created with Robert Mapplethorpe.
Simply told, the story grew.
By the time she finished, I was trying to control my sobs, pedaling away on the bicycle at the gym, glad for 10 minutes of silence left in my workout to absorb the experience.
Because it's on the best seller list, I had high hopes for this book. I think the performer does an appropriate job with what he's got. But it is a depressing book about a depressing boy who grows into a depressed young man. After the first quarter I started skipping whole sections, so maybe I missed something important. But the mood was the same wherever I started again. I've given it a 3 rather than a lower score because I think it's well written.
Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.
This book is outdated. Dan Savage and his "boyfriend" got married in Seattle last month on the day same-sex marriage became legal.
By the way, this book has one of the worst first chapters I have ever read/listened to. It is so unpleasant to begin with an extended complaint about his "boyfriend's" faults.
Even though my iPod Shuffle shuffled part of the story, I have enjoyed re-listening to parts I enjoyed the first time.
Performer does a very, very good job with a huge number of characters. Occasionally I get some of them confused, but I think he differentiates them well.
Maybe my expectations were too high after Fall of Giants, but I found this book disappointing. The characters seem predictable, and I know the history too well to be surprised.
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