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My Dark Places by James Ellroy
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Oct 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, biographies, crime, life-but-not-as-we-know-it
Read in November, 2009

A very aposite title for the book, there are no belly laughs in this one.

Before I re-read all Ellroy's books, I thought I'd give this one a spin again, to set the scene, so to speak.

This certainly does that, and Ellroy pulls no punches in what he reveals here. At times it felt too open and honest.

How anyone deals with the brutal death of their mother at such an early age is never going to be easy, but Ellroy lets you know how hard he found it, in no uncertain terms.

His style of writing and connections throughout his books become obvious and certainly added to my understanding of his work.

His style of writing is not for everyone, and this book is no different, but in terms of understanding how a murder victim's relatives cope and live their lives it is a revelation.

He is graphic in terms of how he felt about his mother and the chaos his life descended into, and there is little self pity or moralising within these pages.

I was thinking I needed something a little lighter to read next, but then I picked up Ian Curtis' biography....
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