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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: 3 Swallys Press (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988230003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988230002
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,704 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Hiler on December 21, 2012
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Lunatic Heroes is an unexpected new favorite of mine.

While reading the beautifully told memoirs I felt myself often on the verge of laughter, tears or both. Wishing I could know this person and listen to his stories over coffee each morning. While there are some stories in here that do not seem extraordinary in and of themselves, the way Anthony Martignetti explains them or the emotional impact they left makes you feel as though the world might be just a bit more beautiful than you thought going in.

I can't write about any of these stories without spoilers, but I have already read a few of them through second, third or even fourth times. I devoured this book quickly initially and then allowed myself more time to pour over the finer intricacies later.

I would definitely recommend this book, and will be gifting it to a few loved ones myself this winter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMH on October 25, 2012
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Lunatic Heroes can make you laugh, cry, feel anger, feel empathy and look inside yourself sometimes all on the same page. Story telling is a lost art; Martignetti brings to life a lost craft with passion and soul in contrast to today's world of sound bites. Family, culture, religion, life lessons, love and therapy all in one sitting. This is too quick a read; you'll need to read another 500 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 18, 2012
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Loved this collection of vibrant stories about growing up in a confusing world, looking back at your past and understanding yourself as an adult survivor of a painful yet beautiful childhood. Martignetti's writing style is always fluid and natural, more like listening in on a fascinating conversation rather than reading words on a page. The characters we meet: an artistic but frustrated mother with deep resentments brewing inside; a force-of-nature father who giveth and taketh away; an array of often well-meaning but occasionally cruel family members, friends and passersby will feel familiar readers. But in Martignetti's hands they become the vehicles for unflinching self awareness. These stories are truly beautifully told, each and every one. Favorites include: Force Fed, Lunatic Heroes, and Hate (a pivotal scene toward the end involving birds, a woman, and a snow covered field is unforgettable).These tales and others will stay with you for a long, long time. Looking forward to volume II.
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