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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City By Nick Flynn Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston As a teenager he d received letters from this stranger father a self proclaimed poet and con man doing ti

  • Title: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
  • Author: Nick Flynn
  • ISBN: 9780393329407
  • Page: 112
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  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City By Nick Flynn Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston As a teenager he d received letters from this stranger father, a self proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery Another Bullshit Night in Suck City tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter,Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston As a teenager he d received letters from this stranger father, a self proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery Another Bullshit Night in Suck City tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter, and finally to each other
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    1. Nancy on said:

      Posted at Shelf InflictedThe bold and colorful title and cover caught my eye at the library I wasn t sure I wanted to read another depressing memoir about homelessness, but since it took place in Boston, a city I m quite familiar with, I decided to give it a go There were some darkly humorous moments, as I d expected from the title Overall, this was a poignant, honest, and intense story about Nick Flynn s relationship with his absent, alcoholic, and delusional father I learned after I started re [...]

    2. Jessica on said:

      I don t actually think this book is bad at all, but I put it in this section because I couldn t get through it, despite really, really wanting to In my opinion, this book has the most brilliant title in recent memory, and the cover art is simply gorgeous I so badly wanted to like it, at least enough to get through it, so I could at least carry it around with me and enjoy its black, green, and yellow loveliness Sadly, I could not This probably has less to do with the book itself, which I m sure i [...]

    3. Jim McGrath on said:

      I love this book It s a dark, beautifully written look at a guy working at Boston s Pine Street Inn whose dad happens to frequent the shelter For all the crappy memoirists out there, I m glad we have writers like Flynn who remind us that the genre doesn t necessarily have to be a haven for terrible writing that hides behind real life experience This guy could have practically coasted on his hard luck life story, but instead he knuckled down and produced a kick ass book.

    4. britt_brooke on said:

      Even a life raft is only supposed to get you from the sinking ship back to land, you were never intended to live in the life raft, to drift years on end, in sight of land but never close enough This was a reread via audio The memoir is as good, maybe better, than I remembered, but I wasn t a huge fan of Scott Brick s narration I much prefer the print version and the original title as ridiculous as it sounds It just fits better.

    5. Imogen on said:

      Nick Flynn is a poet, and I don t really read poetry I don t have a criticism of poetry as a whole, obviously I mean, I might say I do, but if I did that would just be to be provocative and a pain in your ass it s just hard for me to pay attention in the way you have to pay attention, and to really understand what a poem is doing We could argue about it, but trust me, it s my problem and it s not resolving So it was really hard for me to get into this book Nick Flyyn is a poet, and he writes lik [...]

    6. Dave on said:

      I was reluctant to give this five stars it s not an easy experience But it s definitely amazing Don t confuse it with just another quirky family memoir it has emotionally raw and real things to say about alcoholism, mental illness, heredity, and the homeless Each person from the shelter is drawn so distinctively it makes you realize how reductive and dismissive the term the homeless really is.I make it sounds harsh and dark which it is but there is also a deadpan sense of humor running through i [...]

    7. cathy on said:

      The credit for this book s colorful title goes to Nick Flynn s dad, the main protagonist in his memoir of coming to know himself through a chance reunion with his father The story initially focuses on the early parallels between young Flynn and his estranged, alcoholic father The author then brings us to a Boston homeless shelter where he held a minimum wage job for 5 years after living alone on a houseboat near Boston Harbor Father and son s lives fatefully intersect in the shelter when his dad [...]

    8. Cheryl on said:

      Now here goes a book that is creatively non fictionIf you want to read a book that breaks all the rules, while hearing the survival story of a boy who is abandoned by his mother and homeless father, read this book No chronology here in fact the writer abandons form as you may know it but the writing doesn t need it Hardcore and straight forward as if you can t tell from the title Not your average book, and this is what makes it a good contemporary read.

    9. Annie on said:

      With a style vaguely reminiscent of the Beat generation novels, Flynn tells a story that s purely his to tell 10 points for referencing many Boston locations I m familiar with, including the Pine Street Inn, one of the largest homeless shelters and now, long term housing providers in the area.

    10. Debbie on said:

      I spent a lot of time while reading this wondering who I know that will be resigned to a fate similar to that of the father in these memoirs Who will wind up past the prime of their life having talked for years of what they will accomplish and have really accomplished nothing I can unfortunately name a decent sized handful of people who run this risk at this point in their lives Closer to thirty than to twenty, and wasting months of their lives on drinking binges, babbling about their potential, [...]

    11. Oriana on said:

      Oh god this book is so incredibly good One of the endorsements on the back says something like, Finally someone whose life is worthy of a memoir happens to be talented enough to write a good one Yes, yes I wish I had come up with that line Just finished reading this book again After the disappointing mess ofThe Frog King, I had to read something I knew was phenomenal, to reaffirm my faith in literature And oh, thank you,Nick Flynn, I love you so This book is simply stunning, devastating, perfect [...]

    12. Kathy Lam on said:

      Nick Flynn s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City tells the story of himself as a confused young adult who struggles to avoid following his long lost father s footsteps to homelessness and misery The book is set at Situate, Massachusetts, also known as Suck City , to the city of Boston around the time of 1960 s to 1990 s, when Nick s father, Jonathan Flynn, was a young adult to present time when Nick, himself, is a young adult Trying his best to avoid becoming the town s drunk and failure just li [...]

    13. Adam Floridia on said:

      The verdict Strong 3 3.5 stars.I saw the movie first Being Flynn before even knowing it was based on a book The movie was fair, yet I m glad that the book is very different Whereas the movie focuses nearly entirely on Nick s relationship with his father once dad shows up at the homeless shelter, that is only a small part of the book In that sense, the structure of the book is akin to Moby Dick In Moby Dick, the eponymous whale doesn t appear until the last fifty pages The story of the whale appe [...]

    14. Emily on said:

      At first I didn t like this book, but as it went on, it got better engaging, which I think says a lot about its overall quality For the first couple hundred pages I was annoyed by the tone The humor was a bit off Things that were intrinsically hilarious though horrifying were given a bit of humor but then too quickly turned around by pathos, even melodrama Also, Flynn creates long, long passages of abstracted language, which isn t my thing, and there are enough comma splices here to make any wr [...]

    15. Ben on said:

      So this book is kind of like Joseph Mitchell s Up in the Old Hotel except that 1 it is relatively contemporary 2 it is about Boston and 3 it is autobiographical Which is to say that, on the outside, it is nothing like Up in the Old Hotel Except that it is what I call a mood book that gets you in the Boston mood like, a tableau than a novel Yeah, you like that I wrote tableau didn t you I was trying to fit the term geist in but I am too lazy to think up a sentence for it, other than, maybe, this [...]

    16. Abe Brennan on said:

      Nick Flynn s pathos packed memoir is part coming of age story and part counter culture chronicle, part mental illness menagerie and part generational reconciliation project His poetic past serves him well, manifesting in image shards and lingual leaps that strike chords that vibrate in a reader long after she puts down the book Like life, there is no tidy resolution to this story, no miraculous recovery for his addled dad as the narrator ages and matures, he s just able to manage better and take [...]

    17. Sara on said:

      I first fell in love with this book as a college Junior in my first Contemporary American Literature course I loved its nonlinear structure, experimentation with mixing genres and poetic allusions I now return to it about once a year, particularly when I m struggling with my own alcoholic and perpetually absent father, as a kind of sense maker for my own world.

    18. Robert Vaughan on said:

      I devoured this memoir while I was taking Nick Flynn s Memoir as Bewilderment course at Omega Institute this week Another Bullshit Night in Suck City is part poetry, part flash essay, part memoir, all insightful and revealing This is a talented artist who takes risks I look forward to reading of his work.

    19. Colin McKay Miller on said:

      Nick Flynn s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City may have a juvenile title, but it s still the best memoir I ever read Most memoirs fall into two categories 1 Sentimental, heartstring reads that tug the rig with hardships, terminal diseases, and enduring tales of lovers family friendship regardless of how messed up they are or 2 sensationalized hard knock tales of crime and possibly redemption Nick Flynn s first memoir doesn t go either of those routes It s cool, slightly detached, a bare murmur [...]

    20. Christine Fay on said:

      This book is a memoir by a guy who did not have a relationship with his father until he met him serendipitously at a homeless shelter where Nick worked Flynn s writing sometimes waxes poetic with his small anecdotes about growing up without a dad, and the trouble that he often found himself in The Patty Hearst Story and Creature Double Feature are familiar events to my childhood as well, which makes for a nostalgic moment This was made into a movie starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore it is [...]

    21. Andy Weston on said:

      Rare for me to read a memoir, and especially one that isn t sport related, but Nick Flynn s book was recommended on a couple of the blogs I follow, though published in 2005 A large part of the book deals with his relationship with his father who despite having been successful in his earlier life becomes homeless, is heavily involved in drugs and alcohol and spends some time in jail Flynn therefore becomes aware than the average person of the problem of homelessness and works in Boston s first H [...]

    22. Stephen Durrant on said:

      Nick Flynn s unflinching and unsentimental account of his largely absent and totally pathetic father and of his own work in a Boston homeless shelter raises many questions Chief among these, at least to this reader, is what we owe, if anything, to another human being with whom we happen to have a direct genetic relationship in this case, a father I confess to going back and forth between two poles as I read Flynn s disturbing memoir At one pole, a voice was saying, He s your Dad, dammit Try a bi [...]

    23. Mary on said:

      In Flynn s 2004 memoir, in which he details his relationship and history with his father, he keeps the reader solidly grounded in time and place by the use of several devices, including switching verb tense, point of view, and adding dates at the beginning of chapters, or in letter and log excerpts Flynn sets the stage in the first chapter, when he describes his homeless father s efforts to use an ATM booth for shelter at night, by leading with the date, 1989 Flynn can toss the reader from the p [...]

    24. Christy on said:

      I m not sure why people are considering this a post modern book It is not a book that plays games with language or with the reader This book is a very felt, lyrical act of imagination on the part of the writer to try to understand his parents alcoholism and mental illness He calls himself his father s uncredited, noncompliant ghostwriter, and I think he means that fully sincerely Much of the book is not about Nick Flynn at all even though this book is subtitled, a memoir but is an attempt to ima [...]

    25. Brian on said:

      A book this honest could easily be taken as bleak and depressing, but Flynn weaves the story of his relationship with his father with the look towards redemption and hope that make this an amazing memoir.

    26. Kevin on said:

      It s as good as everyone says it is I like his ability to write pretty straight forward passages and then do some weird poetic tangents.

    27. Greg on said:

      I started out intending to make note of which pages contained a memorable passage or witty line, and it wasn t long before I found myself dog earing every page I hope the library people don t come after me for abusing this book, because by the time I was done it looked like an accordion I read it in two sittings within the same day The only books I manage to finish in one or two sittings are those that have a certain flow to them, books that don t feel stilted or forced, that create a universe a [...]

    28. Andrea Homier on said:

      Nick Flynn has written a powerful memoir in prose and poetry, poetical prose His words reached my heart and moved me, both with his exquisite mastery of craft and his exposure of self, writing to tell his story and ours He tells us of his coping, as a boy and then a man, with a childhood where love and care of some sort existed, and yet basic emotional needs were unmet, needs of which a child cannot understand, but with lack registering in every fiber He tells us about some of his escapades, his [...]

    29. Merry on said:

      First heard about this book when it was highly recommended to me by lauded book blogger NonAnon aka Citizen Reader a reliable source of good reads and someone who doesn t pull any punches for bad ones But I dragged it home from the library three or four times and dodged it Why I had trouble getting into it The first paragraph just turned me off Now I knowyou just have to get into or get past that peculiar first page stay with it and you will be snagged Exquisite, painful, gorgeously written I am [...]

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