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This book is not particularly well written, it is sometimes awkward and lumbering and in places downright boring. I do like Rosie Boycott, at least the person she is now. Tell me how many people can actually afford to book into a private clinic to get help - a tiny minority. I consider myself left-leaning, well I read The Guardian everyday! But there is far too much stuff about Spare Rib, water beds, sex - I'm not that interested. Nevertheless, I am at fault for failing to realise the book is a memoir as much as a book about a struggle with addiction and I am simply not interested in most of the memories. This is not a book that would be of any use to an ordinary person who just happens to be an alcoholic. It is, to my mind at any rate, too far removed from ordinary lives. I agree that people from all walks of life fall foul of alcoholism but this book will only be of interest to a small number. Far too esoteric to reach further.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2009 22:55:25 BDT
M. L. York says:
I completely agree with you. I was very disappointed with this book as I would expect something much more lively, characterful and, moreover, well-written considering it's the memoir of a writer and publisher. The text is poorly edited and it is often, as you say, lumbering and awkward. I hated the way the chapters alternate between the present day, where Boycott is recovering from her alcohol addiction, and her mostly very dull childhood/schoolgirl memories. I wish someone had pointed out to her during the editing process that it's who she is now that's interesting to the reader, not all the very run-of-the-mill background she rakes over - in the third person, too! "Rosie was feeling this/Rosie was feeling that..." I couldn't find a single reason for these chapters to be written in the third person; it sounds ridiculous and pompous and completely disengages the reader. There's definitely an interesting story to be told but it's in Rosie's reactions to her addiction - I wish someone had just chopped out all the chapters that slow that decent story down.
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