Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me Paperback – Sep 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Millar (Lonely Werewolf Girl; The Good Fairies of New York) is laconic as ever in this loving tribute to disaffection and the hopefulness of youth. It's 1972, and for 15-year-old Martin Millar, who narrates, it's a time of hazy ambivalence and chronic dissatisfaction. Millar and his best friend, Greg, vie for the attention of Suzy (though she has a boyfriend) and play make-believe games in which they are masters of the Fabulous Dragon Army of Gothar. The defining event of their young lives, a Led Zeppelin concert in Glasgow, is, of course, awesome, but after the postshow glow dims, Millar's personal life takes a few harsh blows. The author's prose is deliberately oversimplified (I know you have a short attention span, he explains), and while the result effectively portrays his resigned melancholy, the reader is often left in want of deeper self-reflection. Still, the character's passionate nostalgia for his one encounter with the best band in the world is an endearing reminder that fleeting happiness is better than none at all. (Sept.)
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I was way off base with this worry. This title is far above and beyond what I could have dreamed.
It's a painfully honest look at what it means to be an adolescent boy, complete with all the humiliating flights of fancy, vicious spiteful wishful thinking, and ludicrous plotting that goes through a 14 year old's head.
Led Zeppelin is NOT the focus of this book, it could have been about any band. The point is more about how they affected him as a child, not what they sound like. Fill in your own favorite band, if Led Zeppelin doesn't do it for you.
Unlike most of what I read, I strongly recommend this to everyone.
I have read reviews that say this book captures the epicness of seeing
any band that is a favorite, but with its many, many Led Zeppelin references,
only a Led Zep fan can fully appreciate it. A must read for anyone that 1)adores Led Zeppelin,
2) relates to teenage angst, and 3)is a fan of Millar's minimalist writing.
I read this book in one day and will definitely read it again!