Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 15 Dec 2010
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"'What a piece of work. I don't usually like memoirs, but if they were all like Nick Flynn's - eloquent, funny, unsentimental, and bravely inventive - I'd read them by the truckload.' Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River; 'No one who reads Another Bullshit Night will ever walk through a city in the same way again.' Michael Cunningham" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn is a dark but humorous memoir, recounting with a raw authenticity and playful prose the eerie trajectory that carried Flynn into the homeless shelter in which he met his father - for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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What makes it so enjoyable is the writing, which is truly excellent. I hate to use the word "poetic" because it might turn some people off - and I don't mean to imply "arty" or "vague" - but there is definitely something lyrical about how the author recalls incidents of his boyhood.
Let me put it this way: the writing is intense. It's concrete, tight, simple -- the prose of an author who is also a poet. But please understand it isn't flowery or flighty. It's very focused work. Substantial.
Also, I appreciate the short chapters, and frequent paragraph breaks which make it very easy to take. Some people have called this memoir depressing. It's not. Besides being a father/son relationship, it's also the story a "failed" writer: the author's father wanted to be a great American author but ended up as a self-deceiving drunk. This is life. For me, the book is realistic without being too grim.
More importantly, it's a book about survival -- the son's survival to adulthood. As a memoir, I found this book to be much better than A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius because it's lot more focused and "compressed" and not so full of self-conscious "irony." Anyway, pick up a copy this great book. Another book I need to recommend is called The Losers' Club: Complete Restored Edition by Richard Perez, a much lighter book -- but a very substantial, enjoyable and fun read.
The novel is a memoir of father and son, the impact growing up without a father had upon Nick Flynn as a boy and the complex psychological reaction and range of emotions Nick is put through when his absent father suddenly becomes a present client at the homeless shelter at which he works.
This book has a completely unique story to tell, I have not read a story like the situation Nick Flynn is faced with before. His father Jonathan, as described by him reminded me immensely of Joe Gould from the Joseph Mitchell portrait of the homeless character on New York's streets.
Jonathan similarly is full of grandiose beliefs and claims, including being related to the inventors of various things, and being descended from the Romanov dynasty. A failed writer he is racist, conceited, bombastic and rude, you pity Nick Flynn completely for having to deal with this man, for having to have his colleagues, friends and girlfriend know his father for what he is.
But, Another Bull**** Night In Suck City rises entirely above the plethora of "my awful childhood" books that dominate supermarket shelves because it is wonderfully written and literary in style. I empathised with Nick strongly throughout, like when he tends to homeless men in the street, gives them food and blankets and does not know if the man in the next doorway will be his own Dad. Or when from inside his house he spies his father alone, walking, and is guilt-ridden for not inviting him in but knows for the sake of sheer self preservation he cannot.Read more ›
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Love this, funny, sad, just an honest acount of where life goes wrong.Published 29 days ago by J. Hynes
quick delivery, but the book was less than engaging, worst read for a long time....avoidPublished 22 months ago by Bally