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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: 3 Swallys Press (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988230003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988230002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jamy Ian Swiss on November 5, 2012
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Lunatic Heroes: Memories, Lies and Reflections
By C. Anthony Martnetti

In the introduction to Lunatic Heroes by C. Anthony Martignetti, singer/songwriter/musician/rockstar Amanda Palmer writes, "Anthony is a therapist, and a good listener."

That succinct characterization, included in a moving introduction about her lifelong relationship with Martignetti, whom she has known as a "mentor," "guru," [and] "best friend" since she was nine years old, describes in accurate and deliberate understatement the narrative voice of this powerful storyteller in his book, Lunatic Heroes. The title, which refers to his boyhood family, in reality, of course, describes all of us who suffer as fellow captives in the Human Condition.

This collection of stories both long and short amounts to a memoir of Martignetti's youth, growing up in the outskirts of Boston amid his Italian-American forebears. A sensitive boy who often felt isolated and outcast, his innate discomfort and alienation was reflected in early habits of nail-biting, self-afflicted hickeys, and a general resistance to most of the food his family routinely ate, "including, but not limited to: whole-roasted goat head ... pigs' feet, congealed blood pie, baby cow stomachs ... [and] "[g]arlic, garlic, and more garlic, garlic out your butt." As a result he was routinely insulted and beaten by his narcissistic mother, who would at other times smother him in love he craved, but whose mood would rarely last the day without including a dark turn. "Home was the place of love's promise," Martignetti observes, "and also the place where the wounds of love churned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Child on October 5, 2012
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So much this Irish Catholic identified with in this deeply moving memoir of an Italian-American growing up in North End of Boston and elsewhere in New England. 15 essays, that take checkpoints from childhood to the death of the author's mother, arouse hilarity and heartbreak in equal measure. I was introduced to characters that are odd, eccentric, fat, stem-skinny, comical, wise, lunatic, and heroic, and when I was done, I knew them, and I miss them. Subtitled "Memories, Lies and Reflections," I couldn't help recognizing that, within the lies the author might be referring to, there are deep emotional truths. Given the dark and sometimes disconcerting tales, surprisingly enough, I found it all comforting. Sharing nostalgia with a time and place I didn't know, but recognized, and a time and place I know now. Reading to know I'm not alone; very, very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Bogart on October 18, 2012
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The voice of the author lifts from the page and into our hearts like prometheus railing against the gods. The stories resonate with something deeper: wish fulfillment, confession, a cry for redemption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warrior Girl on April 8, 2013
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"If your words were a roller coaster I could ride... I would raise the safety bar and stand and scream with arms outstretched during every climatic peak."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By APLP on April 28, 2014
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I wonder how many of us would be able to crack open our minds and hearts and let the contents come pouring out on the pages of a book for the world to read. This book exposes the author's private and very personal childhood and tells a beautiful and haunting story of growing up in an environment mixed with love and fear. This book is truly exceptional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Bevan on February 21, 2014
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I couldn't put this one down. Each chapter has that undeniable ring of true story, even though you know it's memories and real life that you're reading about. I felt I was right there, even though much of it takes place in a time and setting far from my own childhood. But maybe not that far - and that's the power of the storyteller, isn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Worth on February 18, 2013
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This is one of the best things I've ever read. It's brutally honest, funny, and sometimes heart-breaking. It's impossible not to like this book, and in turn, Anthony Martignetti.

I seriously recommend reading this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Pal on January 9, 2013
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Lunatic Heroes is one of those books that you just can't put down. Martingnetti's imaginative and engaging stories of mid-century teenage angst propel the reader through the range of human experience from heartbreak to defiance, and from compassion to sympathy with a whip-smart sense of irreverence. I found relief in its pages from my own lingering doubts of many a childhood misstep. The author doesn't trivialize how a child's mind relates to the world around him or how that relationship ultimately defines the development of self. He doesn't tiptoe around the messy - often ugly -reality growing up can sometimes be; his open and honest writing universalizes the experiences which have made us who we are. Well done.
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