Nov 03, 09
Read in October, 2009
I'm not entirely sure which audience Kleist aims for in his Johnny Cash, but it seems to bounce all over the place. At one moment, it's mainstream (even kiddie)-friendly (a la 'Walk the Line' -- the book even begins at Folsom prison) and the next it's delving into Cash's disturbing song psyche. It makes the book uneven. The song illustrations are amazing, though, putting Cash's face to most of the song characters' faces, so when a man gets shot in Reno, it's Cash doin' the shootin'.