- File Size: 988 KB
- Print Length: 127 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088E29H2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,901,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus: Diary Of A Punk Kindle Edition
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The diary style holds the story back a little, skipping events and glossing over scenes I wanted to see, but it is full of great details and the final chapter/entry is very worth the ride.
Frustratingly flippant one minute yet profoundly philosophical the next, Lauren is the kind of girl a well-to-do, working-class stiff like myself might sneer at in the company of my colleagues, yet occupy my mind the rest of the week. She's like a Salvador Dali painting; flamboyantly shocking on the surface, yet filled with a deep, emotional, sensibility underneath. Although her appearance may be designed to repel, underneath, I believe it's true intention is to draw you in for a closer look. It certainly did this for me, anyway.
The minute I picked up this book and started reading, I couldn't help but feel closer and closer to Lauren and deeply moved by her desperate cries for attention. As I got further along in the story, all I wanted to do was reach out and wipe all that crap off of her; the hair gel, the piercings, the makeup, the eyeliner--I wanted to tear it all away and find out what was really underneath all of that bravado.
Fortunately, the author, Kate Rigby, does a brilliant job of taking us inside the mind of her tragically-flawed anti-heroin. Through a series of vividly -drawn, intimate diary entries, we learn things about Lauren that probably would never have surfaced through a conventional first-person narrative. The result is an upfront and personal account of a sweet, little English girl driven to anarchy and rebellion, by a poverty-stricken family with a drunken, vile, waste of a human for a patriarch.
The details are so precise, so brilliantly executed, it felt like I was right there with Lauren in those beer-soaked, blood-stained music clubs of Wareham, England. In fact, right after I finished reading this book, I went and put on my favorite album from that generation--London Calling by The Clash. Since then, I've taken a break from my usual melancholy ambience, and embarked on a detour into the confrontational, hellishly-rampant sounds of The Sex Pistols, The Damned, even the Velvet Underground. I'd almost forgotten how much I used to love this music. It's nice to be reminded. Guess there's still a little punk left in me after all.
Anyone looking for a break from the genre-driven, series-saturated conventions of the book industry should go and pick up a copy of The Flamingo Circus by Kate Rigby today. While you're at it, you might also want to check out her newest contribution, "Down the Tubes", which I here packs an even harder punch. Happy Reading!
-Andrew Seaward, author of SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS