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My Dark Places by James Ellroy
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May 10, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: amazingnotyetreread
Read from April 22 to May 03, 2010

Unspeakably raw and honest. This guy rips his guts open and smears his personal demons on the wall for all to see. I loved those LA Quartet Ellroy books, and watching Ellroy be just as unforgiving of himself as of his characters is just white-hot amazing. How did this man LIVE?

The Dahlia obsessions, the mother obsessions, the true-crime third-person terseness splattered with obscenities, all AMAZING. The deep and rich sense of LA social history as lived, AMAZING. Yet also SO writerly, such a clear sense of the escape into story, the sense of overlaid worlds (in his case an overlay of crime and murder and sex crime and noir.

Finally, a bonus scene in an apartment house I know VERY WELL.

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Reading Progress

04/22/2010 page 99
23.19% "Just read section 1, which is like a more twisted Edna Buchanan reporting on HERSELF. I love his fiction, but this promises more..."

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