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Hollywood Park: A Memoir Audio CD – CD, May 26, 2020
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1250757614
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250757616
- Product Dimensions : 5.06 x 1.16 x 5.97 inches
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged Edition (May 26, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’m a mystery/suspense/thriller fiend and I bought this book on a whim. I had just finished a new book by one of my favorite mystery writers when I decided to dig into Hollywood Park. I expected to have a tough time reading it, simply because it wasn’t my favorite type of book and because I’d just finished such an incredible mystery.
And wham. I became immersed in the story immediately when I started the book yesterday afternoon and got up at 4 a.m. this morning to finish it.
First of all, Mr. Jollett can flat write. I was amazed by his fluency, his descriptions, and most of all, by his raw honesty. It takes guts to lay it on the line as he does. To say his upbringing was brutal doesn’t begin to describe it. Yet I couldn’t look away, I think because he related small pockets of love that kept him going.
I also kept going because Mr. Jollett writes with such compassion, love, and generosity. His mother, who harmed him grievously, is treated with understanding and gentleness. He forgave and forgives her for the disorders compelling her to neglect and abuse him, for making his trauma all about her. He has risen above who did what to whom and has claimed as his own the life he had which in turn empowered him to do the hard work to heal, to change. He is no one’s victim and he got there, it seems to me, by refusing to blame anyone for what happened. He simply comes to understand what makes him tick and he sets about to remodel his interior so it is habitable.
This memoir is well worth buying and reading. I wish I could say something more profound because the book certainly deserves it, but I’m not the writer Mr. Jollett is. All I can say is don’t miss his story.
The author is definitely a writer. He told his story with much emotion and empathy regarding his unusual upbringing but his soul came through perfectly.
He reached out to us damaged people living under similar circumstances but he did so with much love for those who entered his life in one way or another.
I found this to be a moving read and am grateful that he has found the capacity to relate his experience through such powerful writing. I hope he plans on writing more in the future. His voice needs to be heard.
It's safe to say that this book does not disappoint. It is written just as beautifully as the lyrics to ATE songs. Mikel is able to tell his story in such a way that you can't help but feel his pain with him while reading. And the positive and triumphant outcome of a difficult childhood make the book so much better.
Top reviews from other countries
He seems a nice enough guy but still an awful lot of whining. He also thinks he is some sort of TS Eliot in the making. He isn't. His flights of fancy in the book are embarrassing. Avoid
"Hollywood Park" ist dabei autobiografisch geprägt und berichtet von Jolletts Großwerden in den Fängen der Synanon-Sekte, der Flucht sowie dem anschließenden Leben in derart zerrütteten Verhältnissen, dass man als Leser stark emotional involviert ist (und es vermutlich auch wäre, wenn man nicht dem Schaffen der Band seit langem folgen würde).
Ihm gelingt es auf bravouröse Weise, in sein Kindheits-Ich zurück zu gehen und aus den Augen eines einsamen Jungen zu schreiben, gleichzeitig schafft Jollett es, eine Brücke zu seinem jetzigen Dasein zu schlagen. Besondere Bedeutung kommt dabei seinem rebellischen, aber liebenden Vater zu, ebenso seiner Mutter mit einer stark narzistisch ausgeprägten psychischen Krankheit sowie seinem lange Zeit suchtkranken Bruder Tony.
Nicht umsonst ist dieses Buch in Oprahs Liste der Bücher aufgetaucht, die man 2020 lesen sollte und nicht umsonst ist es umgehend in die Top 10 der Bestseller-Liste des New Yorkers aufgenommen worden. Jollett gelingt es, unglaublich emotional zu werden, ohne dabei pathetisch zu sein. Ihm gelingt es, traurig zu sein, ohne kitschig zu werden. Ihm gelingt es, Kind zu sein, ohne unnötig auszuschweifen.
Als Resümee bleibt mir zu sagen, ebenfalls ohne pathetisch zu werden, dass ich als mittlerweile 34-jähriger Mann an zwei Stellen im Buch Tränen in den Augen hatte, was mir in meinem bisherigen Lese-Leben noch nicht passiert ist. Zudem erläutert das Buch implizit (teils auch explizit) vieles, dass den Gedanken hinter The Airborne Toxic Event und deren Musik erklärt.