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- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 5, 2008)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2008
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001DXNZ9Q
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own. Kindle Edition
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Good question. Indeed, it's the question that prospective readers of "The Night of the Gun", Carr's warts-and-all memoir, will have to consider --- because this is that book.
A talented kid without much direction graduates from high school pot smoking to cocaine at college.
He starts a career in journalism that has him reporting on police and government officials by day --- and freebasing cocaine at night.
He hooks up with a woman who deals dope. Driving to see her, he's so wrecked he almost crashes into a station wagon filled with kids. He skids into a ditch, has to spend the night in jail, misses his girlfriend's birthday. When he finally shows up, he gives her what can't be bought in any store: a black eye and a broken rib.
He introduces his girlfriend to crack. She gets pregnant. They become so thoroughly addicted that, just as her water is breaking, he's handing her a crack pipe. Their twin daughters are crack babies.
He splits with his girlfriend, and, because he has a nice job, keeps the girls with him. This does not stop him from locking them in the car while he runs into a dealer's house to score.
The gun: As he recalls it, he was so out of control that his best friend not only has to call the cops but wave a gun at him. His best friend remembers it another way --- as David's gun.
In detox, his arms are so nasty that the staffers have him reach into a tub of detergent so they don't have to touch him. It takes a full month for the drug psychosis to wear off.Read more ›
So the angle that Night of the Gun takes is attractive. That's the good news. The bad news is that Carr can't quite deliver. For starters, the book is way too long and so the episodes Carr recounts (often with cinematic speed and compactness) tend to become repetitious. So there's a lot of words but not a lot of depth. Moreover, the lack of depth is reflected in the tough guy, Mickey Spillane style Carr chooses to write in, a style that comes across as inauthentic and, within just a few pages, incredibly annoying. Perhaps the point of the style is to create a living-on-the-edge ambience. But it doesn't work very well.
Ultimately, and most seriously, it's difficult to see what the point of Carr's book is. Is it to draw attention to the mysterious ways in which our memories deceive us? But if so, there's precious little real reflection on the issue, and most of it consists of unenlightening one-liners. (What a lost opportunity.) Is it to impress upon us the terrible things that drug and alcohol addictions do? But surely this has been done a bazillion times already in other memoirs as well as in films and novels (read anything by Hubert Selby, Jr., for example). Is the book intended to be a sort of celebrity confessional?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Engrossing. The author gives a journalistic view of a segment of his life. His writing shows his journalistic training. It's a fluid ride with a n expert observer.Published 2 months ago by Thomas Anthony Agoglia
Full disclosure: I knew David and he was incredibly generous with my undergrads and teacher institute students at Stony Brook University. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dean Miller
I'm late to the party here, but this was a compelling, raw tale of addiction and 'recovery'. Recovery in italics because he died at a fairly young age due to years of abusing his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PracAdemic
A drug memoir that will ruin you on all the other run-of-the-mill drug memoirs. Brilliant.Published 3 months ago by Marcus
One of the most skillfully written books I've read in a long time. Uncomfortable, painful and honest, an autobiography which meditates on the nature of memory, self-creation and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by E Waller
A very interesting chronicle of the descent into addiction and some of its effects on those around us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fixed Gear Tom
David Carr was such a gifted writer and reporter. This book is a sad, poignant and sometimes funny recounting of his personal hell, and the road back.Published 5 months ago by tritobeme
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