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Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis
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Nov 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, biographies, growing-pains, music
Read in November, 2009

This was never going to be laugh a minute stuff. I'm assuming that anyone remotely interested in Ian Curtis knows the ultimate outcome, so it's not a spoiler to say that a book about someone who commited suicide was never going to be light reading.

The book starts with mentions of his teenage years, with little or no reference to his early childhood.

I found it a fascinating story about young love, a man trying to make everyone happy and failing, badly at times.

This book isn't for anyone who wants to idolise Curtis, as he doesn't come across as a saint in this book. He sounds controlling and selfish, even taking into account his wife being the author.

It put a lot of events and details in context and makes for uncomfortable reading in places: certain people could have done more and know it.

The book also contains lyrics, both published and unpublished which only serve to highlight the fact that someone should have picked up on his problems a lot sooner.

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