- 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: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
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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.
The highlights of the book were his humiliating experience being made fun of in school about wearing eyeliner (I'm sure we can all relate to moments of shame in high school), his experiences with theatre, and descriptions of the music scene in the 80s. But even his constant Bowie references got really annoying very quickly.
Again, this book would be great if it was read aloud as a series of short essays over the radio, with accompanying music related to the chapters. But as a piece of literary work, it was very amateur and mediocre, and it's very obvious that this book was based on promoting a celebrity rather than publishing a good book that would be enjoyable to read. Also, the "positive" reviews by Toronto Star, National Post, etc are highly suspicious. Anyone who reads this book would at least agree that the writing was very poor and in need of serious editing. Therefore, its clear that the media reviews were about promotion and advertising, because when you read actual reader reviews, the poor writing is consistently mentioned.
I really hope Jian improves his writing style and gets a good editor next time, or keeps his writing style targeting to the radio audience through Q essays.
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His essays make me ill and i am offended that he can preach to us on a public