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Down and Out on Murder Mile by Tony O'Neill
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Mar 22, 2009

liked it
Recommended for: escapist twenty somethings from the suburbs
Read in February, 2009

I love the voice. The tone. The structure. The pace. I would love to have Tony O'neill sit on my couch and tell me stories and shoot up and read poetry and listen to music. But some of that same feeling let me down. It left a sour, metallic taste in the mouth. Namely (and I can't believe I'm about to say this, misogyny in literature apologist number one) treatment of the female characters was one-dimensional. The junkie life stuff is probably only shocking/interesting to those who haven't been. And the hip references like mentioning rock stars he meets, etc I find lame. Also, the content, the thrust of the story itself, this idea of love as redemption I just don't buy. Maybe all that says nothing about the book and everything about me, but hey it's my review. I still think it's a fun read and I'd still fuck Tony any day. Far as reading though, I might just stick to his poetry.

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