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The Hilliker Curse by James Ellroy
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Oct 19, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

If you've read Ellroy's fiction and My Dark Places, then absolutely read this book. If you are short in one field or the other though, correct that before picking this up. Unlike My Dark Places, there's no mystery to drive the narrative, only the author's personal demons, and they're much better understood with the background of the author's earlier efforts to face them. In particular, he talks about how his life has played out since My Dark Places, while also discussion the books he wrote since its publication (the American Tabloid trilogy) derived from his inner turmoil at the time, which makes the book intriguing to fans. The narrative of his personal life is well done, containing more of Ellroy's fearless self-disclosures that arouse their trademark mixture of admiration and discomfort. It is a profoundly sad and honest book, the unabashed self-appraisals of a man stuck in a pattern who keeps repeating it even (or especially) when he thinks it's finally broken.


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