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The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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The prose is strikingly raw... the cumulative effect is curiously touching. (OBSERVER)
This book is like everything else Pete Doherty has ever done - at times brilliant, at others annoying, but never less than interesting. (SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO)
These diary entries, childhood reminiscenes and prose from 1999 onwards prove that under the drug hoover's brow there's a unique brain. (Q MAGAZINE)
witty and sensitive (SUNDAY TRIBUNE)
there are moments of joy, humourand, of course, real darkness (IRISH EXAMINER)
At times a curiously affecting work, it chronicles Doherty's transitionfrom aspiring poet and flowering teenage talent to a man increasingly fighting to shine through a chemicaly induced haze... Doherty can write beautifully (Steve Cummins IRISH DAILY MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Pete Doherty's journals from 1999 to the present day - an intimate insight into one of the music world's most talented and controversial figures.See all Product description
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Also, I feel like the writing lacks any contexts... there should be some sort of commentary/explanation.
Everyone seems to have a strong opinion on Doherty it seems that the vast majority of these reviews are based entirely on that. Yes he does have substance problems, and yes he has created some good music. But surely the review should be on the text?
Right, that said, this book is not one which can easily be picked up and enjoyed by just anyone. A lot of people seem to have said that they read the book in an attempt to 'get' Doherty. That is not what the book is intended for. This really is a work to be read solely by people who love the music he has made. It has nothing to do with 'getting' him. If you do not already like what Pete has done musically then dont buy this book. If you do then you may find it a worthwhile read, just.
I personally like much of his music, though not to the point of worship as some people seem to. Try listening to 'The Blinding Ep' or 'Shotters Nation' if you actually want to give him a chance. This book however is a step too far. He may have won national poetry competitions in his youth and studied English Literature but sadly this does not automattically mean that he is capable of such an ambitious project. I gave this book a chance though, and sadly what I found was a talented song writer trying too hard to be intellectual. However it is safe to say that this is a far better read than much of the 'celebrity' written texts intodays market. Kerry Katona's autobiography anyone?
Give this a miss if you are not already a huge fan of Doherty. If you are not then PLEASE dont read this book, and leave the reviews alone if you haven't read anything further than the 'Daily Star's' opinion on Pete before making your judgement.
I have been extremely happy with Peter Doherty's "The Books of Albion". I was very surprised to see bad reviews. I knew going into this read that this was a compilation of excerpts from his diaries. The people who wrote negative reviews didn't seem to understand that, and were expecting more of a polished autobiography. This book is far better than that. This book is of Peter's raw thoughts and feelings, written in his diary, in his own hand. It's exciting and brilliant. I am honoured that Pete is willing to share such personal writings with us. I don't know of any other celebrity who shares himself with the public this openly and honestly.
Oh, how much more wrong could I have been? Not much.
Apart from the difficulty of transcribing the meanderings mentioned elsewhere - did the editors of the book actually make an effort to think about the reader/user? - it is, put simply and unequivocally, bland, "sixth-form adolescent", posturing in places, and simply bland in most other places.
Disturbingly dull from a man who is supposed to have lived life to a point beyond full. Maybe that is the problem...perhaps he cannot remember what has happened or it means nothing to him. If the latter, fine, but why waste effort and paper putting into the marketplace.
This book contains many a lucid moments painted as snapshots into peter's daily life, which seem all the more brighter knowing they were written without the knowledge of a future publication. But it's chronology is not its strongest point, and to see it as a novel or autobiography would disguise what it really is - an organic insight into the changing mind of an artist.
Perhaps I'm reading it wrong and not giving it the time it deserves but I have and still do thoroughly enjoy it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Certainly. But as it is - a clippings from a man's diary.
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