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Broken Poems: Stories, Poetry & Drawings Paperback – December 30, 1899

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tropen Verlag (December 30, 1899)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3932170172
  • ISBN-13: 978-3932170171
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sandra Granzow on June 24, 2000
The stories are greatly moving and many are heart-breaking, like "Shoot Me," "Bust Your Nose. Tickle Your Toes," Even "Playing Hooky," "Walking Feet," and "Take My Word For It," where the loneliness is interrupted by magic. They have great plot twists. I completely believe them and empathize with the characters.
Parents can get so caught up in their pride and need to exercise authority, so confused about how to help the child, that they are oblivious to the child's own pride.
My favorite is the one where the boy sells his parents' furniture. Where did you get the idea for that? Why I like it: he gets revenge in a way that makes me laugh and feel terrible at the same time. He doesn't shoot someone or get shot and make me really cry; instead I just feel uncomfortable. But I love all the other ones, too. There are so many incredible lines, like "Burger picked his nose steadily for most of his life."
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This book is a great example of what made Mark so loved in the skate community. There are probably 6 or 7 stories in here and they all leave you feeling a sense of trueness and reality. The poetry section is great, they are poems that you can read over and over and feel different meanings for them every time. The stories have all appeared in THRASHER magazine, but even if you have read them, this is still a great book to have. Long live the gonz!
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By A Customer on December 22, 2002
I got this book because Mark Gonzales is the greatest skateboarder ever. Once I read it, I realized that every story is great, and you can read every story over and over and over again. I love it. It's in my top 3 books of all time and probably will be forever.
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I loved the stories. They are greatly moving and many are heart-breaking, like "Shoot Me," "Bust Your Nose. Tickle Your Toes;" even "Playing Hooky," "Walking Feet," and "Take My Word For It," where the loneliness is interrupted by magic. They have great plot twists. I completely believe them and empathize with the characters.
Parents can get so caught up in their pride and need to exercise some authority, so confused about how to help the child, that they are oblivious to the child's own pride.
My favorite is the one where the boy sells his parents' furniture. Where did Mark get the idea for that? Why I like it: the boy gets revenge in a way that makes me laugh and feel terrible at the same time. He doesn't shoot someone or get shot and make me really cry; instead I just feel uncomfortable. But I love all the other ones, too. There are so many incredible lines, like "Burger picked his nose steadily for most of his life."
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I have to agree with the one person who commented on this book being far from a great piece of literary work.
Other than that, the book is fun read though that does get you to think a little bit. Not very demanding on the reader, but at the same time it is able to hold your interest while your reading. As much I'd hate to admit I actually found myself going back to read some stories again after I was done with them.
All and all a good read.
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