Thursday, March 7, 2013

Memoir v. Story

I read "Miles from Nowhere" on a flight from Chicago to Oklahoma City.  Yes, it's a fast read.  Reading the back of the book about the author and then the story I wonder if it would have been a memoir pre-"Million Little Pieces".  I felt like I had to read the story fast because some parts of it were so disturbing.  I don't know if I would have survived the experiences of the main characters.  It's not great writing.  Some of it is too observational where the author just strings together words of an impression about a person or location.  And then some descriptions are so raw.  It was a jarring reading experience.  I finished it because it was not long and I was stuck on an airplane.  Now that's a damning review if I ever read one!


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