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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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Initial post: 29 Apr 2014 18:20:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2014 14:33:02 BDT
Plus some of this is recycled, uncredited, from We Look Like This, Carcanet 2012. If only those bits had been highlighted I could've skipped 'em. Sharp practice
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