Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that?
I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things dow...more
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Zach is a high school senior. He is also an alcoholic. His mom is depressed, his dad is an alcoholic, and his brother is abusive. Zach has so much pain in his young life that he blocks out the events that led to his stay in rehab.
With the help of a kind and sympathetic therapist, and his roommates, Rafael, a 53-year-old alcoholic further along in his recovery, and Sharkey, a 27-year-old drug addict, Zach begins to confront his past and discovers that life is worth livin ...more
Anyone who has given this book a high rating clearly has no understanding of addiction or teenagers. The language in this book is tedious and obviously contrived. He uses the same expressions over and over in an effort to sound young, or cool, or edgy, but it mostly just comes off as obnoxious. If I had to guess, the author writes "That really tears m ...more
Zach finds himself in a rehabilitation facility with no memory of his past. He struggles with the monster living in his dreams and inhabiting his thoughts. There are people that help him though - like his therapist Adam, who is always the optimist, and his roommate Rafael, a 53-year-old man with the eyes of a young boy. Through his time at the treatment center he tries to conquer his isolation and vanqu ...more
I decided to pick this up when I found out that the author was working on the sequel of his multi-awarded novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I just wanted to get a feel again, of how this author lured me the way he did with Ari and Dante’s stor ...more
More than a ...more
As for a satisfying ending, some people like non-endings, like how "The Giver" ended. Some people, like G.R.R. Martin wants everyone dead and long forgotten as time marches on. I, more or less, like happy endings.
And believable, even if its paranormal/mythical, there ...more
This book is heartbreakingly underrated, so if you’re doubting whether or not you should give it a go, do it. You won’t regret it.
"Look," I said, "all I know is that only thing I'm in charge of is Zach."
Adam smiled. "And how are you doing with that?"
"I'm doing a pretty shitty job if you ask me."
I wanted to ask her if she was better. I mean, if she was getting well. I wondered if something changed inside of you. I mean, there was this talk about change all the time and I wondered how an ...more
Then, after an intense journey of heart-stretching, mind-opening scenes of pain and love via real, honest and perfectly paced storytelling, there was this:
The ending was a miracle, like a breath of oxygen-rich air after rain.
Edit: ...still thinking about this book, a week later...
The day I returned this book, I gushed to the librarian how spectacular this book was. She inquired, "What's it about?" I stumbled through some ineffectual, inane, bumbling description. Only later, ...more
This book is heavy, but luckily it is written in this really beautiful, poetic way that allowed me to still enjoy it as a literary work. Also, thank goodness, there is some sun shine peeking through those dark clouds by the end. So much of it ...more
I have it in my he...more
Benjamin Alire Saenz didn't shy away to vividly write the anguish of those troubled people. It was a disturbing and heartwrenching read to know that this is actually happening in real life. That there are these actual people who suffer from tremendous pain.
Eigteen-year-old Zach suffers from alcoholism and anxiety and doesn't remember anything what he is doing in a rehabilitation. He doesn't want to remember because remembering ...more
The book didn't focus on his addiction or anything, and not too much on his family life. Sure, both things are in the book but really the book is about Zach's journey through reh ...more
If I was going to rate my pain from the scale of 1 to 10, whereas 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, I would rate this an 8. That's high enough for a book. It doesn't made me ugly cry, just teary eyes, but it hurts so much that I felt someone was squeezing my heart until it stops beating then suddenly releases then did it all over again. Probably that someone was Mr. Benjamin Alire Saenz. That's how painf ...more
Even as I sit here,
he stands behind me
colossal hands on my shoulders
and bends down
and whispers to my neck,
From now on,
you write about me.
I re ...more
I remember the plot dragging, the overuse of words and how slowly I went through this book. Seeing my rating, it is clear that the emotive and explanatory ending resulted in my high rating. This wasn't excellent, but the issues seen through many characters not just the protagonist was likely to have increased my rating. I would probably rate this 3/5 stars because I know I didn't LOVE the book, but the ending was good.
I don't know; it was beautiful and dark and profound and really really touching.
After reading the absolutely wonderful Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I had to read more of this author’s work.
And so, we have Last Night I Sang to the Monster, published in 2009, and detailing the time in rehab spent by 18-year old Zach, who is an alcoholic with a traumatic past and cannot remember how or why he got there.
I have it in my head that when we’re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people’ ...more
· I love you for writing this, and know how to connect and touch me like you only know how an amazing author can connect with his readers. You're unique, and I love you, and hope that's okay.
· I hate you for making me cry of joy with this book. Is the second time a book of yours made me cry of joy like that. I hate you for that.
(Ambas cosas hacen referencia al libro).
La manera de escribir de Benjamin es hermosa, cualquiera que haya leído ...more
I like the words that are beautiful and in this book.
There is a pattern in this authors writing style, in the way he ties words together that seem like they don't even belong in the same world. I liked the ongoing theme of god dictating your life through the words that he places on our hearts. I don't actually believe in any certain religion, but I do like the idea of it- it makes me feel sad and vulnerable. I like its change to allowing the people around you to affect you too. I th ...more
Beautifully written and extremely sad.
Zack, 18-years-old, wakes up in rehab and cannot remember how he got there. And he does not want to know. Of course, in rehab old scabs aren’t left alone. They have to be picked at and allowed to fester all over again in the name of healing.
Typical stuff in a novel about addiction so I’m not sure what makes this book so memorable. But memorable it is. Highly recommended.
***spoilers/favorite lines/things I want to remember***
pg. 11: I don’t like ...more
Do you like my song?
When the moon pours hard and cold on the veldt
I sing, and I am the slave of darkness.
Over the stone walls and the mud walls and the ruined places
and the owls, the moonlight falls.
I sniff a broken drum. I bristle. My pelt is silver.
I howl my song to the moon – up it goes.
Would you meet me there in the waste places?
You see, reading Zach's words brought that hyena to ...more
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He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humaniti ...more