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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 Dec 2013
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I heard Dan Burt on BBC Radio with Libby Purvis and he made his book sound an excellent read.
Not only was it a short book but I found it really dissapointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The way out from corrupt Chicago, 11 Dec 2013
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The autobiographical subject of this short books sounds interesting - how a man raised in the corruption of Chicago in the 1950s makes his way out, through a love of reading and writing poetry, to Oxford University. I heard the author talking about the book on Radio 4 and he made his background sound fascinating - following in his father's footsteps as a butcher while other relatives lived off the proceeds of gambling, prostitution, violence and other corrupt behaviour. His father is, perhaps, the book's most interesting character - a man trapped into a corrupt family life and a loveless marriage who, despite his anger and violence, shows signs of being a thoroughly decent man. For example, he stands up, one day, for a black waiter who is being humiliated by another diner. But the book is a sad one in the sense that the author has never, as he admits, got over his anger. Most books of survival are enjoyable to read because the survivor comes out a better and stronger person. But Dan Burt writes, for instance, of how 'half a century on', a 'rage' stays on with him about being looked down upon and rejected. He is clearly not at peace with himself or the world so the book makes an uncomfortable read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moaning at the bar, 29 April 2014
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Half of this is ripped off from We Look Like This (Carcanet, 2012). Was Dan Burt ripping off Notting Hill Editions, or are they ripping off us? Whatever, the chutzpah (carelessness??) is breath-taking and probably actionable. With added fishing ('how to jig for weakfish, cast for stripers, chum blues, troll tuna') but whether you fish or not (and I don't) Fishing in Utopia by Andrew Brown should hook you first
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You Think it Strange by Dan Burt (Hardcover - 14 Nov 2013)
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