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The Dark Path: A Memoir Hardcover – September 12, 2013
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He's fluent with the swear words, but I believe that is for the purpose of exhibiting very strong and impassioned feelings, not for the sake of the language itself. There's lots of sex here and that's to be expected considering his obsession with women.
So if you're willing to read the thoughts of a person who very well may reflect some of your own, this is the book for you. The writing is truly good and your reading will be easy, so if you're not all that sensitive to the language and sex, this is for you. (Otherwise, it's not)
One of the main threads, suggested by both the cover artwork and the Salon review that got me interested in the book in the first place, is in regards to spirituality and religion. If that is something that caught your interest too, prepare to be disappointed.Read more ›
I couldn't help but fall in love with his absolutely brutal honesty. He writes with candor that most people can't even use in private. He swears a lot, but I felt like it was to convey the strength of a thought or emotion and not gratuitious. His use of language made you feel what he felt, and for the most part, you really could experience his life through his writing in a raw, totally honest way. I admire his honesty and his transparency. He's real and you walk away feeling like you knew him, walked in his shoes, and suffered some of his pain, and experienced some of his victory.
He's also an absolutely incredible writer. Both the story and the writing are captivating. I literally read the book in one day - I couldn't put it down.
If you're the type of person that needs to agree with what the author's writing this may not be your cup of tea, but if you can appreciate a memoir on its own and someone's perspective about it, I can't recommend this one highly enough. I wish I had 10 more like it on my shelf.
For those of you who do decide to read this, there is a passage when David is about 25, comes home for a visit and his sister sets him up with a girlfriend who was very meek in high school. The next morning, David is sitting at the breakfast table and has a conversation with his sister and mother about the previous evening. I laughed so hard that everyone in the house came running into the study to find out what had happened (I don't often laugh until I cry, sitting in a room by myself). I thought it was one of the funniest things I have read in years. If you did not think it was that funny, let me know... please!! (I am thinking it was so funny to me because it was so absolutely real - I can see how my family would have reacted in the same situation :))
If you are dogmatic or don't like rough language or light blasphemy, this book might not be for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend this peek into such a creative mind and how Mr. Schickler got to be where he is... This is a guy I would sit down and drink a beer with any day!!
All the best,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“Sometimes I want someone else to see what I see. Other times I want to be the only one.”
I enjoyed this book, although in setting out to write this review, I could not... Read more
This book is the intertwining of one man's spiritual and maturation experiences during his young adulthood. He is contemplative yet witty at the same time.Published 18 months ago by Valerie
This is indeed a very “Dark Path” which the author revisits again, and again and again, so much so that you start to feel you no longer want to hear any more about that dark and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rich in NYC
My older brother is a Catholic priest and my oldest sister is a Catholic nun. When I grew up watching my older brother discern the priesthood, he did it in a thoughtful, weighty... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Adams
The story really lets you into the thoughts and feeling of a man trying to make a very hard decision, and in the end you can see why he ended up where he is todayPublished 20 months ago by Susan
I enjoyed reading his bio until the end where he became a little too self absorbed but his humor kept me reading.Published 21 months ago by Korner Man
I had a hard time relating to the man, David Schicklee, who has written this memoir in regard to his crisis of faith. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Meg Sumner
A rare memoir. Both honest and compelling. How does someone live in the word within the rules of the Catholic Religion, and also have honest self directed experiences that help... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Amber FLYNN
A young man is drawn to opposing interests - girls and God - in this coming-of-age and finding-of-focus memoir from author and screenplay writer Dave Schickler. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by J. Loscheider