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Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me [Paperback]

Martin Millar

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Sept. 1 2008
Set in 1972 Scotland, this novel takes readers on a ride through Martin's angsty and fumbling youth, when Led Zeppelin comes to Glasgow and rocks Martin's world, and through his angst-ridden and fumbling adult years.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593762003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762001
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #634,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Zep... or, just fans of wonderful writing July 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading it last night, and read 33 chapters before having to put it down. It is excellent! Mainly because of the author's writing style. Cynical, funny, and to the point. It's the semi-autobiographical memoir of a 14 year old Led Zeppelin fan living in Glasgow, Scotland in 1972. I, for one, really like it. And when an author does a good job, I like to spread the word. So there it is!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I could have hoped! May 6 2009
By Coy R. Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having only lately discovered Mr. Millar, I wasn't sure if Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me would be as ...er... up to snuff as his other works.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic book! Aug. 31 2009
By L. Pittner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me is a beautiful work. The title caught my attention because I love Led Zeppelin.
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!
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