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The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
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Mar 16, 2008

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Here is the conversation I had with my husband the other night when I was on my way out the door to book club:

HUSBAND: What book are you doing?
ME: Last Days of Dogtown.
HUSBAND: Cool… I still want to see the movie.
ME: I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been made into a movie (trying to picture how a modern day director might handle such scenes as public urination and “pipe playing”).
HUSBAND: Yeah, you remember… I think Heath Ledger was in it.
ME: Oh, LORDS of Dogtown (relieved to finally be understanding).
HUSBAND: Right, that’s not what you’re reading?
ME: Not even close.

Given the choice, I’d pick this character-driven story over the history of skateboarding any day. It was a smooth read, and not as depressing as I had assumed once a few of the characters found their way out of misery and into the warm (if brief) light of genuine happiness. It reminded me of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in the way I found myself rooting for some of the inhabitants of Dogtown. I found it to be a light touch on the subject of race, but what there was on that topic was thoughtfully rendered. Overall a good read, good enough to rob me of my well-earned sleep a few nights in a row.
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message 1: by Jen (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jen I just had the SAME conversation with my boyfriend!! Haha!

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