It seems as though Angie wasn't as fond of this book as the first one she reviewed. I know that I read 6 Memoirs in May and I found some worth the time reading and some rather bazaar! My life seems so ordinary after reading some of these memoirs!!!
Book Review: Blood Runs Like a River...
Title: The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Adult Nonfiction/Memoir….Well was supposed to be, really it is fiction I am told
Summary Via Goodreads.com:
"A searing book as powerful as the life experience that inspired it, THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS transports readers to the majestic landscapes and hard Native American lives of the desert Southwest. Born to a storytelling Native mother and a roughneck, song-singing father, Nasdijj has always lived at the jagged-edged margins of society, yet hardship and isolation have only brought him greater clarity -- a gift for language and a voice of searching honesty. "In a prose style that could almost be chanted" (New York Magazine), Nasdijj writes of his adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy, and of his own chaotic childhood; of his struggles between two cultures and his pursuit of the writing life -- as a lifeline. A powerful, unforgettable memoir, THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS will "wash over readers and often take them by surprise" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)."
My review for this book will be short. Why you may ask? Well to be frank it was not that great of a book in my opinion so I feel no need to rant and rave over it. Also, after having finished, what I thought was an ok book…not great, but ok…I found out that it is said to be a work of fiction instead of a real memoir. The author wrote it and sold it as a memoir, but after some readers did some deeper looking at it after reading it, they actually came to find it a work of falsehood. I am counting this as a memoir read for me, as this is what I fully thought it to be…until after reading it. Therefore the review I feel comfortable writing is on the writing itself and NOT the story, so a bit of a different angle for my review than usual. The writing, I would classify as, ok. Again, not the best, but not the worst I have read. It was a bit hard to follow at times…a lot of the time for me. It was shifted from present, past with his child, past with his family, and past as in his childhood. Now this would have been ok, had it not all been shifted to all these parts in one chapter and sometimes even one page. I felt like I was talking to a great aunt I had in my family when I was younger. What do I mean by that? Well, she would start a conversation talking about one thing and then, without even ending that sentence sometimes, would all the sudden start talking about something else entirely different. That is how this book was for me. Some of the chapters gave me mental whiplash! Why did I continue reading? The concept of the book and the author (who I thought was real at the time of reading) was intriguing to me and I thought it would get better. I think that is all I have for you on this book front though.
Counts toward challenges: 1,000,000 Pages Read and Cupcakes War Challenge.