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Memoirs of a Dilettante - Volume One
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to smile when they read. To anyone who loves Star Wars and John Hughes. Especially to anyone who wants to hum along while they read. (Morrissey, Jeff Buckley, the list is endless. This book should have a soundtrack.)
There’s quite a bit of tragedy in these stories, for both Helena and her niece Penny, but their relationship pulls them through. I thoroughly enjoyed Helena’s saber-sharp wit, her alliterations, her annotations which were as much fun to read as the stories. Whether the Memoirs are fact or fiction is irrelevant, especially in the face of such entertaining and insightful writing. I highly recommend the paperback version of Memoirs: the cover is beautiful and the whole design is pleasing to the eye. The ebook version works very well with the annotations; you never lose your place. I am truly looking forward to Volume Two.
The book abounds in educational references and it is one of the main reasons why I like this book so much, because it touches upon a broad individual and sociality character pallete and it often feels like a time capsule, commemorating and paying tribute to one of the best things that graced society.
I would recommend this book to people who are not affraid to come out of the mainstream mould and who are willing to take the dare and meet Helena, Penny and a plethora of other characters face to face and be sucked in into the adventure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a entertaining book in many ways, and the pop-culture references are amusing and perceptive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Loves To Read
Memoirs Volume I verbally paints a mural of the lives of Helena and her engaging niece Penny. Additionally, it also brings you, the reader, up to speed on pop culture through a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pthomas
I don’t know if Helena Hann-Basquiat is a real person or not, or possibly a committee like the one that produced the works of “Shakespeare. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin Brennan
First of all, this book isn't perfect.
But I loved the quirkiness of it anyway, so I'm willing to look past a few things and still give it 5 stars. Read more