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Lost Son

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Spanning western Europe from 1875 to 1917 and presenting a gothic historical Paris that subverts our old assumptions regarding the City of Light, M. Allen Cunningham’s new novel brings a brooding atmosphere and human complexity to an intimate and imaginative portrait of one of the most uniquely sensitive artists of his time, a poet whose odd childhood and difficult early l ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Unbridled Books (first published April 3rd 2006)
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Still trying to decide exactly what I think of this book. I love this genre of novelesque pseudo-biography, and I certainly learned a lot about Rilke (things that made me rather sad for him, to be honest). But I'm not as sure that I love this guy's approach to the genre, and the book requires a significant time investment. Also, I wanted to know about Rilke's whole life, not just up to and slightly after his involvement in the war. But it's definitely worth a read if you're a Rilke fan.
This biographical novel of the life of poet Rainer Maria Rilke contained I think too much detail. The author I think was hampered by a lack of raw material and was therefore forced to make too much of the letters and other sources he had. It was interesting mostly in its depiction of the life of a starving poet in Europe and the relationship between Rilke and Rodin provided an unusual insight into the famous sculptor.
Josh Karaczewski
A book that should be drank slow as an aged whiskey: it requires a patient and refined palate to process all of the overtones of solitude, the origins and sacrifices of creativity; how difficult and anxious the attempt to express the flavor of your experiences; the dangers and doubts of the path you've chosen. Drink it too fast and the language will inebriate you, dulling your ability to appreciate every nuance.
Alfred J. Garrotto
Novel based on the life of poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Stunningly beautiful writing! An amazing young talent, While I don't find Rilke a particularly interesting person. I am pull through the book, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph.
Couldn't get into this one. Two renewals and wasn't even half way through. To cerebral I guess. On to fluff!
Apr 11, 2011 Terrah is currently reading it
So far, beautiful prose that is perfectly characteristic of the poet himself...
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