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The Fall to Freedom Paperback – August 29, 2012
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Bix might come from an affluent background but you can see that he is trying desperately to make it on his own and find his own path. He is incredibly self-aware and determined to overcome his demons and that is why it is so easy to root for him. I thought the book left just enough to the imagination to allow the reader to create their own world and the story ends at the perfect place (both as a stand-alone novel and potentially as book one to a sequel---I'm rooting for the latter so that I can see what happens next to this amazing character!)
All in all, I am incredibly impressed by this first-time novelist. The writer clearly knows how to tell a good story and it seems to come effortlessly to him, as you never get that feeling that his prose are "trying too hard."
Buy this book! You won't regret it!
I don't know if I can evaluate this book objectively, but I know that it killed me in all the right ways. The suffering of being young, suffering that rich kids are not exempt from, the self-doubt and self-criticism, the easy access to the harder path, the trauma and drama of first loves that turned out not to be love after all, at least not love like you would want it when your own need for drama faded. We only know the interior life of the narrator, Bix, in this novel, but that is part of the power of Walzman's portrayal of the hopelessness and helplessness of all of the characters. There are a few brief conversations where another character reveals some suffering, but mostly everyone keeps a little distance and suffers internally. Most of the relationships in the novel remain on the surface because all of the characters are guarded. No one in the book is doing well, even those whose experiences would indicate otherwise. Bix noticed this early on. "I found it interesting that my druggie friends stayed in L.A. and my less-druggie friends left to go to four-year universities. I wondered what that said about us."
Even the mother, who is trying to love her son and help him through addiction, and who has probably cried and suffered in private, and who has probably consulted with professionals and all of her friends, maintains a careful, professional demeanor while she holds her son accountable.
This is a great book. It got under my skin, affected my dreams. I'm proud of this young author's debut novel and will look forward to the next one.
All three went to a private school in Santa Monica, California although this story could take place in "any town" USA.
I do have to say .... some parts were a bit shocking, and hard to read (most likely due to my age...) ! But a must read for all parents in todays world, even if your child is a straight A or B student, or a star on a sports team at school.
You never know ( even when you think you do) what is really going on in their lives.......they can be amazingly adept at fooling you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well paced. The narrator manages to bring out true humor at times in this darkly funny and yet naive coming of age tale.Published 11 months ago by Erica
If you want to know of life after rehab, drug trade, casual sex, tenacious youth of LA, first love, snorting oxy and perhaps gain a valuable insight on how men think, read this... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Mia Ford
Walzman's, Bix brings moments of heart and soul to the Westside and belies this E-ride through privilege, narcissism and self loathing. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Lauren G Jacobs