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Cocaine's Son by Dave Itzkoff
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Feb 20, 11

it was ok

I so wanted to like this book. After all, I'm a big fan of stories of recovery and redemption and one of my guilty TV pleasures is the A&E show, INTERVENTION. But the book was a disappointment from the very beginning. For a topic so freighted with the potential for drama (a childhood shadowed by the specter of addiction), this was curiously bland. The writing, although it was competent, clear, and simple, was also colorless and flat. The author seemed to ramble and never develop themes that might have become interesting (e.g. he mentions becoming kind of obsessed with counting syllables, but never does anything with the idea). The book seemed to go on and on in a voice I would say could be best described as a monotonous drone. What did the author want me to feel? The worst thing about Cocaine's Son is that I never felt any kind of sympathy for the characters, not because they were not worthy, but because the author never gave me any reason to.
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Fasterpussycat Moore Thanks for this review - I too read a lot of these types of memoirs and was planning to read this one, but I think I'll skip it

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