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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City A Memoir Author:Nick Flynn "Devastating....Ranks with Frank Conroy's Stop-Time."Michael Cunningham"Sometimes I'd see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my own slow-motion car wreck would speed up."... more » Nick Flynn met his father for the third time when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled, was living alternately in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. In bold, dazzling prose, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives and the trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other.« less
This book was on my wishlist for a long time. I was glad to finally have it in my page turning hands. I'm not sure now, if I really enjoyed the book all that much. Some nights I was held captive by the gritty, true life memoir of Nick Flynn and his homeless/alcoholic dad. Other nights I was glad I was sleepy, giving me an excuse to put the book down. A mixed bag. I am left with so many questions, it is like I walked into a movie a half hour late, or left before the ending, or both. I thought this book would be as good or better than "The Glass Castle" but sadly, it was not. BUT... worth the read anyway. It is unique.
Sandy C. reviewed Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir on
Helpful Score: 2
Memoir of a young man working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter when he met his father who was a client in the shelter. Well written. Named one of the New York Public Library's Top 25 Books in 2004. Winner of the Pen/Martha Albrand Award for Memoirs.
I found this book rather lacking in insight. It's an interesting story, of course - what do you do when your own father shows up at the homeless shelter that you work at? But the author reacts like a teenager, so caught up in his own embarassment and anger at his father for putting him in this situation that he can't spare a second's empathy for the guy. He's too immature to either help the situation and or to stand back and ask someone with a healthier attitude to step in, so he just goes on self-destructive drinking binges. I know we all act irrationally around family, but this guy just seems to be wallowing in spiteful anger and blaming his own self-absorbtion on his absentee dad.
I could have done without some of the "prose" and "fancy writing" *laugh* but the story is fascinating. He never comes out and gives a word to the mental illness his father surely has, and to me, he didn't come out as being very sympathetic to his father either. But. I thought about it for a while after I finished this. Would I? Would I be sympathetic to a man I hardly knew who ranted and raved randomly? I finished this a few days ago and I'm not sure if I liked the book. It was well written, but it left me feeling very empty, unresolved. I cannot find the line in the book, but the author says something about the book his father was to write and that perhaps HE is writing the book for his father, I found that interesting because while the author is not homeless, he seems to be as lost and falling into bad habits as his father did, the addictive personalities of families.
Oh, I don't know. Anyone else out there read it? I'm just not sure what I thought of this at the end of the day. Read the Q&A with the author in the back too... that was interesting as well.