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1982 Hardcover – Sep 18 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066483
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

“[1982] 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jo on July 2 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to this book both as a fan of Jian Ghomeshi and being a child of the 80s. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. The book truly lacked substance. For example, to go on for 2 pages in Chapter 1 about the types of sprinklers people had in Thornhill was truly pathetic. I did finish it, but I found myself skimming through portions of it in the hopes that it was going to get better, but sadly, it didn't.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maria C on June 28 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love Jian Ghomeshi! I really do. I listen to Q every morning and I am always amazed at the high quality and standard he consistently adheres to. I was also lucky to once meet Jian in person and he does not disappoint there either. He is pleasant, intelligent and amazingly generous with his time.

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!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Laura on Oct. 22 2012
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This book was terrible. The content was weak and repetitive. It constantly stated the obvious "In 1982, we didn't have facebook". Also, I'm not sure who this book is written for; people who were alive in 1982, people who are 15 now? I would not recommend this book to either of those groups. This book could have been shortened to a nice little essay suitable for the Walrus and it would have been lovely, but instead Jian (and his publishers) got greedy and took a little bit of content and streched it over 270 painful pages. If anyone other than Jian Ghomeshi wrote the book, then it would have never been published,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mona on Aug. 7 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Jian Ghomeshi's radio program "Q", and think he is one of the smartest, most genuine media personalities out there. His interviewing style is brilliant, and the Q essays always make you think.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sensible reader on Jan. 25 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have to think the only way to enjoy this book is if you are already sold on Ghomeshi. Most intelligent readers will think Ghomeshi is incredibly arrogant, and snotty. His book is just more shameless self promotion. I couldnt stand it. I have to recommend that you do not read this book. he has nothing to say. Only Jian's level of arrogance allows for thinking a book about his own uninteresting adolescence is somehow worth the canadian reader's time. He is a tabloid journalist at best. If I hear him tote his own wares as "a coming of age classic" or "quintessentially Canadian" one more time I will open his worthless book to the "about the author" page and puke on it.
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Johnson on July 29 2014
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Status: Read. Well, no, actually - made myself read 100 pages, but it didn't improve, so I stopped. Wish I hadn't read any of it - I quite enjoy Jian Ghomeshi as an interviewer and broadcaster, so I really didn't need to know what a poor writer he is. Takes a bit of the bloom off of the rose. The book is lame. As in, 15 year old guy lame. Just because he was writing about his early years, it doesn't mean he had to write as though he were a teenager (and I've read much better teenage writing). Repetitive, cute for the sake of being cute ( but it doesn't succeed), superficial, self-indulgent, boooorrrrrring. One example of a combination of these dubious qualities: the book is punctuated by lists, as in,"here's a short list (or shortlist) [his little joke, which he uses in more than one list intro]", followed by a list of the records he liked most, or who he wanted to be, or what his mom did or didn't want him to turn out like, all in 1982 - you get the idea. Over and over and over again. And if there was an editor, he or she should never be hired again, by anybody. Glad I checked it out of the library instead of buying it, but sorry that I urged the library to acquire a copy.
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