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Almost Home: My Life Story Vol 1 0th Edition
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Having said that, this book was not as satisfying to me as the Paradise Lost docs and Devil's Knot. There are a number of reasons why this book bugged me.
1) It was too short and not detailed enough, particularly about his childhood. Now, I know it's difficult to remember every insignificant detail that happens, but I would have liked some more depth to the description of his relationships - especially with his mother. I just felt like he focused a great deal on his poverty and how much he hated Jack, and there was little else substance.
2) The prose was extremely imitative. I got a good chuck of a way through the book with this nagging feeling that I have read this "voice" before and it was not until I got about until the point where he moved into the tin roof hut that I realized this was the style that Stephen King used in his memoir "On Writing." I know Damien Echols is a big fan of Stephen King and all, but I just couldn't help feel that right before writing this memoir he read "On Writing" and tried his best to emulate it. It came across as contrived and empty.Read more ›
Then in a town where "nothing happened", something happened to Damien Echols. He was sentenced to death for the murder of three 8 year old boys. This resulted in Damien spending the next half of his life on death row, 10 of which were spent in isolation. To say he has had a very limited experience of the world is somewhat of an understatement.
If you've reached this page, you probably know all listed above. Also if you're here, you probably already picked a side on whether or not Damien Echols is a murder or an innocent men who lost half of his life at the hands of an unrelenting system of justice. For clarification purposes, I will openly state that I believe Damien Echols is innocent. That is not to say, you should not read this book if you believe him guilty of the crime.
This book will not give you any answers that might shed light on the accusations. It is simply a story of a man's life. What will add or detract from your enjoyment of the book is whether or not you like Damien Echols as a person. So if you haven't done so before, maybe listen to a few interviews before investing. I like him. I liked him before reading the book and like him even more now.
I'd like to address a few of the criticisms this book has received. First, that the narrator is self absorbed.Read more ›
I've been following this story from the start..my kids were small in fact. I had family members that couldn't believe my stance on this.
These three are innocent of the crime they have been accused of..period. Since my stance has not changed and my children are now grown, my family thinks I may have a point.
I'm an 80's child and we all wore hideous clothes back then and it scares me to think just what can happen to someone based on appearance and lack of monetary funds to fight with.
The state of Arkansas and the powers that be need to retrial. It's ok to make a mistake..but for God's sake correct it! Good read! Get it.
If Echols rereleases it, I'd say go for it, otherwise it's not really necessary to read this if you've read Life After Death
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Damien Echols's story (and all those of the West Memphis Three) is compelling, and his voice comes out clearly in his first book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Haley White
Damien is an excellent writer! I loved every minute of this book and read his next one as well. He is very talented.Published 18 months ago by Justjana
Came brand new, and the story is amazing. Definitely worth a read. Gives you more insight to Damiens side of the storyPublished on October 9, 2013 by Kristy
Damien Echols' story continues to give me chills. I've been a juvenile public defender for years and he is spot on about our justice system. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Suzanne Hayden
I was too young to know about the West Memphis Three when the murders and trials happened in the early 90's. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by The Lovely Librarian
Loved the book, arrived in excellent condition, great insight into the life of Damien Echols. This was a Christmas present and a good one.Published on February 5, 2013 by Beckie Birdsong
This was written by Damien Echols about his own life..............it is well written, keeps your interest completely, and helps you to understand what happened in the injustice... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Boxermusic