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Burning in Paradise Paperback – June, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1888277067 ISBN-10: 1888277068 Edition: illustrated edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Incommunicado Pr; illustrated edition edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888277068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888277067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni A. on August 9, 1998
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Well, it would be far too easy to blurt out something like "the best since Bukowski" and stuff. Truth is Michael Madsen is a real good actor, a fine poet, and probably a very tormented man (don't wanna get into inane psychobabble here, anyway). BURNING IN PARADISE is life as it happens: not such a pretty sight. Oh, and forget all the other actors-cum-poets (or singers, novelists, whatever) wannabes. Madsen is in a class all by himself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
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This book is worth double the price. Michael Madsen has an absolutely amazing way with words and looking at life as it is. You can not read this book without having it hit you somewhere deep inside, even if you don't want to admit it. This man can see through all the layers of life and captures them perfectly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
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Fantastic look inside a part of a man's soul. This book touched me unlike any others as some of it hit very close to home. Madsen doesn't shy away from the truth, no matter how brutal or beautiful. Particularly liked 'Virtue'. From a woman who appreciates hearing an honest opinion from a real man ... thanks Michael. Hope you write more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NICHOLE MANFRA on March 1, 2000
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I THOUGHT THAT THIS BOOK TOUCHED MY SOUL IT MADE ME CRY FOR THE SITUATIONS I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN AND FOR THE ONES I'VE BEEN IN. HIS WRITING MADE THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF MY NECK STAND ON END IT GOT TO ME THAT MUCH. AT LAST A BOOK THAT MADE ME WANT TO READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
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Although many will not find Madsen's poetry to their taste due to its hard edges, these poems are multi-faceted dark jewels. There is a definite edginess to his poems, encased as they are in matter-of-fact language, but the emotions filtering through them seize your heart, cast shadows on your soul, and, sometimes, bring a smile to your lips. In a nutshell, Madsen's poetry is shadowy, gripping, soul-searching, elusive, thoughtful, and beautiful. His poems are black-and-white photographs of his life, but they contain elements with which I am also very familiar from my own life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "byrnz" on March 9, 2000
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I never really liked the rain, it was an obstacle in my life that I never dealt with. I heard back in 94 that Madsen had a book coming out called Beer, Blood and Ashes so I looked forever for it, until last year I found it under the name Burning in Paradise. And so after I read it, I forced it on everyone i know, I can't seem to quit smoking cause of him. and now when it rains, I go walking in it, and I take my time doing it so I am in no rush to my destination. And I gave vodka another chance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madcage@aol.com on April 15, 1999
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Michael Madsen delivers to his readers truth, dare and hard edge consequences. He makes us look deep into our souls and ask ourselves some of lifes most difficult questions. Burning In Paradise will wake you from your dreams and make you remember your nightmares.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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I never thought I could possibly relate so purely and completely to poetry as I can to Michael Madsens' poems and short stories. Yes, it is raunchy and he writes street-language even I can understand and yes it is better than Kerouac, but most of all he paints a pictures of thoughts and emotions I thought noone else could ever understand. It truely feels like finding a kindred spirit and like there would be no further need of talking if we ever met, because we would share the same thoughts and the pain and the darkness of life would be in our eyes.
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MICHAEL MADSEN is most notably recognized for his role as the sadistic killer, Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. His career spans over 25 years and over 170 films. He has played memorable characters in a myriad of box office hits, including Kill Bill, Sin City, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, The Doors, Thelma & Louise, and yes, he played the loving father in Free Willy.

Michael is an accomplished poet and has a international following, his first book Burning In Paradise won the Independent Firecracker Award in 1998 and was recently translated in Norwegian in 2008. He has been recognized worldwide as a poet and invited to the International Poetry Festival in Genoa, Italy and Mexico to be honored for his Bukowski style poetry. The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol. I 1995-2005 (C. 2005 13 Hands Publications) is the only authorized book of Madsen's poetry dating up to 2005 and Signs of Life (C. 2006 13 Hands Publications), dedicated to Chris Penn was Michael's first ever book of photography. His recent appearances have been on The Today Show, Larry King Live. American Badass (C. 2009 13 Hands Publications)book was released in September 2009 and is available on Amazon.com; he dedicated this book to the memory of the late David Carradine, his friend and Kill Bill co-star.

Madsen was most recently the Guest of Honor at the 2010 Crossing Border Festival in The Netherlands. His latest release is "Expecting Rain" (C. 13 Hands Publications) which includes an Introduction by Jerry Hopkins (Co-author of "No One Here Gets Out Alive" the definitive Jim Morrison bio). This book is dedicated to the late Dennis Hopper and includes a special Q & A with Michael and never-before-seen photos.



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