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Harold's End [Hardcover]

J.T. LeRoy , Cherry Hood
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Book Description

1 Nov 2004
Harold's End is a street hustler power ballad from San Francisco novelist JT Leroy. A young boy finds solace in a gift from an older, seemingly compassionate man. As with other Leroy stories, it goes from dark to incomprehensibly black. Internationally renowned Australian artist Cherry Hood has created eight unique watercolour paintings based on the character descriptions in the story.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp,; First Last Gasp Edition edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867196149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867196146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Harold's End 5 Jan 2014
By kota
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Harold's End is a small, beautifully written and illustrated book of art. Honestly: there are watercolour drawings in it with protective sheets; it has a ribbon bookmark! Where the language seems simple and clear, the watercolour portraits add a deep sense of vulnerability. The ending sold the deal for me... I enjoyed reading this and certainly recommend it.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hes done it again 20 Jan 2005
J.t Leroy is the ultimate in cult writing. Beautiful, striking and heartfelt. The heart is deceitful above all things has to be one of my favourite books, again and again I go back to it.
I don't know why but Harold's end seems to have slipped under the radar in Great Britian. But PlEASE give it a try. The book while only around a hundred pages is filled with beautiful paintings and the story is completely J.T. His writing is improving by every book. I urge fans to get a copy and I urge people who dont know his work to join the cult of J.t.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 20 April 2005
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
After reading - and LOVING - "Sarah" and "The heart is..." I was really looking forward to this book. But, although it's half-way decent, it's very pedestrian by J.T:s standard and WAY too short. Half of the book consists of illustrations, and the pompously written afterword is pathetic. Unfortunately, I hear that the next full-size book is going to be illustrated as well...hopefully, it will include some text as well.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh...yeah, right, sure. 8 Feb 2006
By Shaz - Published on Amazon.com
Thanks for dropping in, Laura, and singing your own praises. Otherwise, this book isn't very good at all, regardless of who wrote it. But if you do think it's amazing, you might be needing to read a few more books.
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars scratching my head now that the hype has been squashed 28 Oct 2005
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, I always figured there was something suspect about Leroy's background. Now with the cat out of the bag, I have to confess that there's something about the writing that will perplex me for a while to come: When I believed SARAH, HAROLD'S END, and HEART were written by a young wunderkind with a heartbreaking past, I allowed myself to forgive much about the writing that seemed forced, over the top, and just downright questionable. Now that it's been revealed the writing comes from a 30-something woman who opted against the understandable use of a moniker and decided to pass Leroy off as real (ten points for the marketing coup, but minus fifty points for manipulating so many of us who felt real empathy for your invention), I just can't take this writing seriously anymore. Instead of coming off as the creative purging of a painful childhood, it now just reads like what it has become: the ramblings of someone who never was a child prostitute, never an addict, and never lived the life she is writing about and claiming to be real.

Perhaps J.T. is the product of a troubled woman with multiple personalities, and if that's the case there's at least a couple of more books she can write about along those lines.

Anyway, I'm very sorry to learn about Leroy being hoax. And, yes, it does make difference for how I feel about the writing.

By the way, I'm still giving HAROLD'S END three stars, but that's only because I really think the illustrations are beautiful.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If Valuing A Hoax Should Be The Most Important Thing... 7 Feb 2006
By Tst Task Tst - Published on Amazon.com
No, there's nothing remotely COOL or WONDERFUL about this kind of hoax. The issue isn't about a 40-year-old woman pretending to be a teenage boy, rather the issue is about a 40-year-old woman pretending to be a transgendered, HIV+, abused, drug addicted teenage boy--and then using that persona to gain access, success, and sympathy from others. Some might love that she fooled "the genius literary elite," but that speaks more about someone's own resentment toward those who've made honest names for themselves as writers, etc.

In truth, it speaks volumes about the writers, artists, publishers, editors, and others who went the extra mile to help a young man pull his life together and get his work published and read. There's nothing cynical about creative people doing that for a person (in fact, I'd argue it is admirable that they would go out of their to do so), but it is incredibly cynical and cruel to take advantage of those intentions. By doing so, Laura Albert has probably made it impossible for a real young person with real problems and real talent to be taken seriously by those who were duped. Her sins aren't in the books or the quality of the writing, but in her intentions to shortcut her success by co-opting the problems of others who rarely have a voice and by lying to those who would seek to help those people. And, of course, don't forget she then went to incredible lengths to discredit anyone or anything that sought to reveal the truth.

In other words, real abused children feel real pain, and stunts like this only serve to avert good intentions that should go to the right places.

So judge the books on the merit of the writing, if you want. But please remember the one unerring mark of a sociopath is, essentially, that they'll try to make you feel sorry for them even as they're screwing you over.
30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of crap 12 Oct 2005
By Natalie James - Published on Amazon.com
I always suspected this guy was a fake, and now it's all come out. Whoever wrote this book knows nothing about life on the streets. It's full of cliches and pure BS, and isn't interesting on any level. Steer clear of this fakery.
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