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.
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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.
Well, I had a dang hard time getting into reading this book. Yet another where the author thinks that writing in a weird tense makes it more dramatic. I found the style and voice so annoying that I wouldn't waste my time going much beyond page 20.
A sad but touching memoir. An alcoholic father and the son who seems to be making the same mistakes, yet can't quite forgive his father. There is more to it, but I don't want to give it away.
While not a fun or easy read, I enjoyed it just the same. That says something as I hardly ever read non-fiction.
I am going to pass this along to my mother and sister, and then decide if it is a keeper for me.
This book was a fst read.. A I cnat put this book down read.. It's a story of a man who had a great family and home and lost it all to alcohol..... Its the story of a man who works at the pine street in in Boston and one day has to deal with the heart ache of his father be homeless.....
While difficult to get into, this book was a really interesting look into the life of Nick Flynn. It talked less about the shelter than I expected and more about his life events. The writing is a bit scattered and difficult to follow but once you get started it becomes charming and unique.