- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Last Gasp (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 086719586X
- ISBN-13: 978-0867195866
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DOUBLE DUCE Paperback – October 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Then there will be those who would be completely lost in this type of environment but who are willing to take a virtual stroll among the squatters and "slum it". Finally we come to the majority of the population who either won't "get it" or who will look at these people as layabouts and bums while muttering "get a job". These are the people who have never had to go without and think everything comes as easily as it has in their pampered lives. I'd still recommend it to those people just to annoy them for my own amusement but would not expect them to take anything away from the experience.
Aaron Cometbus in Double Duce is a singular voice from a time and place long since gone and now open to a kinder look back. But his writing will remind you it wasn't a Hollywood portrayal of punks on parade all dressed in painted leather jackets and wearing enormous liberty spikes. These were real people fighting to stay alive in a determinedly alternative, but every bit valid lifestyle.
Not only does Cometbus weave an enthralling tale though, the way he writes is smooth and enjoyable. All of the characters become like personal friends, because you feel so intouch with their personalities. Cometbus is a master at reading people, and a total "fly on the wall" kinda guy like a good writer should be. I was a little pissed at the text at first, the "handwritten" look of it is a bit harder to read than your average novel, but once I got a few pages in and my eyes adjusted, I was lost in the drumps of Berkley. I ordered "Despite Everything" the day I got this book because I wanted to read more Cometbus ASAP. I was really glad be included the WDH stories after the initial story is over... the one where the Christmas tree burns down the Watertower that Aaron and Willy live in was my favroite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think, having read his zines steadily for Lo, these twenty years, that Aaron has more heart and a more truly punk soul than just about anybody. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by brujaja
This book is very good. The stories are funny and much like stuff me and my friends would talk about. The font is annoying, but overall, it's a good book for sure. buy it used.Published on February 6, 2009 by Skye Evans
SF Weekly's blurb (on the back of the book) says that Cometbus helps define the soul of the Bay Area. Read morePublished on October 15, 2006 by S. Funk