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The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Audio CD – Unabridged, April 5, 2016
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- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1504710932
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504710930
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.7 x 5.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,482,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This could have been compelling but it mostly fails for me because the author's lack of focus and self-indulgence are too much of a distraction. There's no other way to say it: she comes off as a self-centered, narcissistic drama queen. She somehow takes a story about her murdered aunt and the man on trial for it, and makes it all about herself. Her avowed purpose was to "bear witness" to the trial, but she actually seems to have been rather bored by the trial, provides only scant detail about it, and instead treats us all to long, meandering daydreams about her lovers, ex-lovers, books she's read, other books she's written, childhood anecdotes, etc. There's an incredible human drama unfolding around her in this case, but most of it takes a back seat to what Nelson really cares about: her own precious insights and memories about tangential matters.
There are also some episodes of self-aggrandizement that don't ring true. There are times when Nelson represents that she's so distraught by her loss that goes off alone and does things like walk around in the pouring rain, or lay down in the mud staring at the sky just thinking, thinking... But remember that Nelson's aunt died before she was born. She never knew her. Now, if an aunt or uncle I never knew was murdered, I'm sure I'd feel some sorrow over that and I'd especially feel sympathy for my parents, grandparents and other relatives who were more directly affected by it. But would that murder really haunt me throughout my life, would it cause me to occasionally lay down in the mud and stare at the sky? Of course not. It was during these moments of The Red Parts where the term "drama queen" comes to mind.
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if you are looking to read a straightforward true crime then this isnt for you. it has a very simular feel to "the fact of a body " in that its a multilayered inquiry into tragedy and how it resonates throughout the lives of the people involved within it.
she captures so well how these things can unroot us from the ground we stand upon. my favourite quote reflecting this is "a dark crescent of land, where suffering is essentially meaningless, where the present collapses into the past without warning..............where grief lasts forever and its force never fades"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2021