1982 Hardcover – Sep 18 2012
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"Heartfelt and well told tales of Lolas and Golden Star burgers and escaping the suburbs with one's dreams intact." - Geddy Lee, RUSH
“1982 is a funny and compelling read … a nostalgic love letter to the 1980s …examining the meaThning of cool, and the role music plays in who we become and who we love.” - The Globe and Mail
“A truly great read.” - Toronto Star
“ is equal parts an exercise in Generation X nostalgia … romantic comedy and coming-of-age tale.” - National Post
About the Author
Jian Ghomeshi is a broadcaster, writer, musician, and producer. He is the host of the national talk program Q on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. The show, which he co-created in 2007, now has the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada. Ghomeshi was a member of the multi-platinum-selling Canadian folk-rock group Moxy Früvous. Born in England of Iranian descent and raised in Canada, Ghomeshi now lives in Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
So... I could not wait to dive into this book. Sadly I have to admit to being quite disappointed. I tried to love it and I did enjoy some of the 80's nostalgia and had a few giggles of the "yeah...that was totally the way it was" variety. But the honest truth is... It is just not very good. How can a man who is so good with words on the radio write something like this? It sounds a bit like a 15-year-old's unedited diary. Too bad!
That said, he really disappointed me with this book. It was very clear from beginning to end that he had a VERY poor editor (this person should be fired), and that his Canadian celeb status is what led to the publishing of the book, because it has minimal literary merit on its own. While the description of the 80s was funny at times, the writing prose was very repetitive and redundant. This style could have worked if he was reading this over the radio, but in written form, it sounded amateur.
A memoir should recall interesting people in your life, and your memories of them should bring them alive with focus and clarity, and make you feel like you know them by the end of the book. Ghomeshi's book depicted all of the characters in his life as very flat, one-dimensional people. His mother was described repeatedly, in three to four paragraphs, "as very polite" and "very nice". His sister Jila he never really describes at all, other than her being a theatre student. No conversations, conflicts, moments of bonding ever discussed. His father has more descriptors than the other two, but even then its very flat.
Finally, the intended audience of the book is confusing. He writes in the narrative style of a 14-year old, and while many authors have done this successfully (the perspective of a youth can expose the hypocrisies and quirks of adults in a very sharp way), in this book it comes across as juvenile, almost as if you are being talked down to.Read more ›
One star is the lowest possible rating, but this book does not deserve even that.
If ever you run into ghomeshi on the street punch his ugly face.
before you buy this book youtube moxy fruvous. If you like what you see maybe you are stupid enough to enjoy this read!
Most recent customer reviews
I am puzzled about why a person would think that others would want to read through 300 pages about normal adolescent life. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2014 by Dave
The reviews of this book are so harsh. There are repetitive moments, but truly, if you love music and remember the eighties, you will love this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2014 by mamatoabc
I enjoyed this book very much. Fun stories with some poignant moments. Some reviewers have noted that it can be repetitive, which is true, but if you read the chapters as... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2013 by to416
LMAO at all who paid for this book. I admire Jian's interviewing skills.
His essays make me ill and i am offended that he can preach to us on a public
network. Read more
As a teenager, I was obsessed with music. Most of us are at that age. But few of us turn their obsessions into fulfilling, inspiring, careers. Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Andreina Romero
Was expecting a little more after all the hype. I am not loving the book and will likely not finish it.Published on March 27 2013 by Paul Orzech