Set in 1993, Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger chronicles the last night of the iconic poet as he struggles to end his haunted past or salvage himself from the crash and burn of living in a state of desolation and terminal sadness for too long. Psychologically trapped in his room and hiding from the chaos of a massive New Years Eve party where over-zealous hangeSet in 1993, Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger chronicles the last night of the iconic poet as he struggles to end his haunted past or salvage himself from the crash and burn of living in a state of desolation and terminal sadness for too long. Psychologically trapped in his room and hiding from the chaos of a massive New Years Eve party where over-zealous hangers-on have turned his home into a hostel for degenerates, Salinger challenges Fate to decide the outcome of his contemplated suicide as he pens a poignant epitaph for a generation that celebrated the belief that it was the last, and laments the 1980's SoCal Punk scene and lifestyle. Through sincere prose, he exhumes the deep and lyrical themes of the Punk and Beat Poet subcultures to create a poetic tribute to the tragic end of a doomed era and the death of an elusive American Dream. It's an anti-hero's emotional descent into a white-hot madness to convince the audience in his mind that everything is special, everything matters, and that "Sometimes, life's greatest mystery is ourselves."...
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Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger Reviews
This is not your standard, formulaic, happy feel good narrative. With that said, I found this to be one of the more intriguing reads I have ever gotten my hands on. The prose is unlike any I have read before. The author really gives you a glimpse into another person's mind, I mean he really takes you there, and it is a very different lens to look at the world through. Creatively this is a gem. Overall this is an excellent read. I give it five stars both for originality and ease of reading. For 5 bucks, you can buy a happy meal that lasts a few minutes. Or, you could buy this book on Kindle and have a reading experience that will be with you forever. Do your cholesterol a favor and buy this book!
I judge a terrific book in one of two ways. The story either had to be very compelling, making me turn page after page, or it had to bring out an emotional response in me. Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger succeeds on both accounts. I really felt like I was in the apartment with Johnny the entire time I was reading. It is a dark tale. But as Johnny recalled the memories that led to the setting of the story, not only did I find myself feeling the same emotions he was feeling, I began to recall some of my own darker memories, and I began to question whether I handled certain situations the best I could. This is a book that will make you think about life, how precious it is, and how quickly and unexpectedly our paths can change forever by forces outside of our control. In summary, this book deeply moved me, and made me ask questions about life I had been afraid to ask until now. I will not forget this read anytime soon!
I loved this book.
A Poet’s ValedictionJack Deadmen’s “Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger” is one night in a poet’s life, the night he decides to die. Johnny Salinger is a poet who may have achieved fame and success too early in life and decides he can’t deal with his life any more. He has set it up that he’s only one doorway away from someone saving his life, the question is, will anybody open that door?Johnny Salinger is a rarity, a poet in the Lord Byron vein, young, lauded for his literary gifts both by critics and the general public, and damned, by his own words and actions, he seems more an amalgam of poets from past generations and a rock star, but rock stars have become our poets and voices of our generations. Jim Morrison wrote “words got me the wound and will get me better, if you can believe it,” Salinger has the same conflict as Morrison, the hope that he can write his way out of his existential angst, but also the sinking feeling of skepticism about his ability to do so. Salinger has set the scene of his suicide in one of the rooms of his mansion while a party rages on just outside his door, and has committed himself to die unless someone, anyone can prove they care enough about him to just come into the room.Through the narrative we learn that Salinger has lived a life without regrets, he has lived his life to the fullest, taken advantage of the opportunities and people that have come into his life, but his discovery is that living a life without regrets only leads to another set of regrets. The story takes the form of diary entries, poems and even an internal screenplay, at first the negatively connotated phrase “throwing everything in including the kitchen sink” may come to mind, and in the hands of a lesser writer you may be right. But what Salinger and Deadmen have done is divide up Salinger’s psyche as he watches the movie in his mind of his indiscretions. Deadmen is still going to throw everything he has at you, but Deadmen is a good writer bordering on great and in his hands, these tools are used skillfully to give you the sense of Salinger, the decadence he has courted that has brought him to this point. One startling example of this is a description of a huge snake and crows that comes close to rivaling Jack Kerouac’s “Dr. Sax” vision of a huge snake whose skin splits open to reveal it is only a husk hiding a flock of doves.Some have classified this as experimental writing but don’t let this scare you, good writing is good writing, and while Deadmen isn’t going to lead you down a traditional path the journey is worth the cost of the trip. “Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger” may be an opportunity to see a young writer who has mastered the basics and now dares to take himself and his readers that one step beyond to an emerging writer that is someone to watch and read.Note: The Kindle version has some issues with formatting, at first I thought it was part of Deadmen’s technique, it turned out that it wasn’t despite that “Nobody Special” is still worth the time and money to read.
I won this book through a goodreads first read's contest. This book is something that I don't want to ruin - I don't want to post anything other than it was (well, still *is*) amazing! I hope you all can enjoy the book as much as I did!
I won this novel on the First Reads contest, and I must state that I was pretty fortunate to have won it. The novel is definitely different from most novels I have read recently, and its distinctiveness does not detract from its quality. When you read so many books about the "sunny side of life," it is nice to read about the underside of urban life, and "Nobody Special" provides a vivid glimpse into the lives of those inhabiting it. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to everyone.
This is a deep, thought-provoking book. I have to say I was unsure about it in the beginning as the scene is set, and the description of a partying household is talked about in depth. But as the man of the story, Johnny starts talking about his life and pondering the many things that have happened, somehow I began to get into the story. Sometimes it is dark and disjointed, because, after all, Johnny is at the end of his life, and there are so many parts of him to view and for him to write about in his diary. It's sad at times, but then gets inspirational, as he gives advice about living. I personally felt the strongest place was when he wrote about treating every moment as your last. Focusing on what's happening, how you feel, cherishing the people and moment, because it may be the last time. It's worth reading this book for the deep, poetic moments in it. Thanks to the author and goodreads for providing the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is so dark and intriguing. It's written in a way I'm unfamiliar with, but I found myself loving it. It's a really good book and I hope that I might find something similar one day.