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Still Singing, Somehow Paperback – April 13, 2010
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"Journey into the dark places of alcohol abuse, prison time, and subsequent redemption; Rob finds new purpose and a more spiritual, meaningful life."
Steve Rumsey, Editor of The North Columbia Monthly
--The North Columbia Monthly
From the Author
I began writting this inspirational memoir seven years ago in prison, so my estranged son of divorce would know how and why I ended up in such a place. However, I soon discovered I was really writing for myself-to somehow forgive myself for the life I created. This book is a truly unique look at one soul's karma and redemption - laced with humor, bizarre experiences, foreign travel, spiritual insights, gut wrenching honesty and more than a touch of hippie wisdom. The truth is always stranger than fiction and Still Singing, Somehow is proof of that! --From the Author
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Rideout's book arrived via UPS on a Wednesday and from the time I opened it, was finished by the following Friday afternoon. It is a thick read. His style of writing is a bit unconventional, as he does not separate his movements in chapters, but more of a pre-amble intro written in bold that addresses a new line of thought. But it was refreshing in my opinion because it provided a seamless feel to his story, almost like reading someone's private journal.
And his story was beyond remarkable to me.
From his details of beautiful spaces he built in beautiful places with help. All of which he lost. To skid row trailer parks and crazy characters that he befriended. To wonderful vistas he truly appreciated and described so well. His narrative always kept a glimmer of hope that any person can relate to in his or her own life. That is because his gambit covers everything from the mildly dumb luck to the self-deserved consequences that will make you think, hey Rob, you are a blind idiot.
Still Singing Somehow is a great read. It show's a true unconditional love for a son which spanned across the country from North to South. It gives a very accurate picture of a free spirit who has presented his experiences in colorful, exquisite details that span many islands, continents and eventually prison.
You will only dream of experiencing a brief span of his early life. Some people will also feel his pain and feel fortunate.
This is a great read for anybody who appreciates a rather colorful account about pain and the path to redemption.
I think he's getting close. If you ever read this Mr. author, keep singing for us listeners who can't.
Narcicism permeates nearly every page. The author's lack of empathy did little to indicate to me the he has truly recovered, (or experienced enlightenment), in a lasting and meaningful way. He does simulate an attempt to accept the responsibility for his numerous failures, but can't quite escape the conviction that it was the other alcholics he surrounded himself with, (in his own words, sicker or more advanced in their desease), who were truly to blame.
What might have become, in a more gifted and sensitive author's hands, a comedy of alcoholic errors is given in this little book the gravity of a Greek tragedy. I found it as shallow as a bathroom sink, and guite a bit murkier.
This is lite reading suitable for the jail cell or a short stay in rehab. There is nothing her to tax the intellect. Apart from the author's friends, (no doubt hoping to find themselves on the printed page), "Still Singing" might possibly be of interest to the freshly sober person convinced of the need for at least the illusion of spiritual guidance. It can't begin to compare to works of real depth by authors who have had similar experiences. Ken Kesey's Demon Box comes to mind, even Michener's The Drifters comes to mind. I would not recommend this book to anyone whose literary experience has progressed beyond The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Hazelden publications or, for that matter, the "Reader's Digest".
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