- File Size: 7351 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943784124
- Publisher: Hightower Press, Berkeley, California (December 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0193MV7DO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Broken Places: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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As if his teenage upbringing wasn’t troubled enough, the story of the erratic and at times emotionally destructive attitude of McBride’s parents towards their eldest son almost deserves a book of its own. The passages on the author’s dysfunctional family give credence, as if it were needed, to the English poet Philip Larkin’s much quoted poetic observation that ‘they (expletive deleted) you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do’.
The author should be congratulated on recounting in explicit detail what was obviously a painful and traumatic period in his life. It deserves a much wider readership and I would urge those more familiar with McBride’s celebrated film writing to take a chance on The Broken Places. You won’t regret it.
McBride's description of his Catholic school sex education brought back not-so pleasant memories of my own 17 years in Catholic schools.
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This book is somewhat in the style of Girl Interrupted, but is...Read more
I found Joseph McBride’s book, “The Broken Places,” to be profoundly moving, sad, heartwarming and uplifting.Read more