Friday, April 29, 2011

an odd boy: volume one by doc togden


Volume one of an odd boy is a memoire of an eccentric aficionado of Bach and Blues, poetry and painting. A portrait of the artist as a lad, set in the experimental cultural ferment of the late 1960s. It is a coming-of-age adventure, both surreal and innocent, humorous and poignant, depicting an era when the Arts set a generation’s imagination on fire. The author’s life is a rare roulette wheel of childhood wonder and tragic debacles; a debilitating stammer and a powerful singing voice; bad luck and fierce good fortune. At 16 he’s travelled far in human experience from the midnight expedition he made to the crossroads at the age of 12.

I received this ebook through the Librarything Giveaway program and although it started off with in an interesting fashion, it soon lost some of its shine.
There's nothing wrong with the writing itself. No huge issues, grmmatical or otherwise. It's just, well, quite dull. I hate to stick those words to its tail, but I have no other way of describing its faults. The main character shows no real spark of life, and he just glides through the reader's imagination without leaving real, lasting mark.
There are some pretty tedious descriptions of guitar names nd technicalities that add nothing to the story, actually taking away the reader's already thinning interest.
I don't want to keep harping on the same thing, so I won't. If you've got time and patience, you might enjoys this book. It didn't do much for me.


1 comment:

Linds said...

I really liked this review, even though you didn't like it and it wasn't your cup of tea you didn't abuse it to death.

I get what you're saying though. Like its to the point where the words are just bleeding together on the page. =/