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Auf dieses Buch bin ich durch den Blog des Autors - theminimalists.com - aufmerksam geworden. Ich verfolge JFM schon eine Weile und finde bemerkenswert, wie er seinen Bürojob hinter sich gelassen und zum Autor geworden ist. Seine Bücher werden zunehmend besser.
Der Anfang von As a decade fades zieht sich eine Weile. Es dauert einen Moment bis man genug über den Hauptcharakter Jody Grafton erfahren hat, um mehr über ihn wissen zu wollen. Das Buch erzählt das bewegte Leben eines Musikers - von den Anfängen bis zu den 15 Minuten Ruhm und wieder zurück. Dabei ist offensichtlich, dass vieles - wenn nicht gar das meiste - autobiographisch ist. Vor allem diese Frage: Was ist wahr und was erfunden, ist sehr spannend.
"Joshua should stick to essays," is something I hear often. Not so. While at times it becomes clear that Millburn borrows heavily from his own life, some passages appearing exactly as they do in other works, he is surprisingly good at writing fiction. The mixture of reminiscence, the jumping storyline, even the mixture of alternate writing formats all combine to create a piece of fiction I was able to just lose myself in for a day.
I wish there was more fiction by Millburn to talk of. 'As A Decade Fades' was surprisingly good.
This was a difficult book for me at the beginning. At first I didn't understand the pace of the book with its chapters with songs lyrics or news articles from magazines. It was not something I was used to, maybe.
The tone of the book is very melancholic and when I started reading it I thought it was too sad for me. So I abandoned the book for a few months, stopping at around 15%.
I eventually read some more later and thought that maybe I was too judgmental of the book. The story is about Jody Grafton, a singer and songwriter that seemed very real to me, because he has his flaws, uncertainties and is just trying to get along with life.
I was completely hooked by the story at around 40% of the book, and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It was emotional with hints of sadness but also it had that realization that life is simple and we are the ones who actually complicate it.
I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this book. Most of it I devoured, taken along with the story and wanting to know what happens next. But there were two brief periods later in the book where I stopped caring what happened to the character, mostly when the character Jody is recounting his experiences on some tangential topic to another character. It made me think that the author, Joshua Fields Millburn, had obviously put time into researching and coming up with a backstory for Jody's previous music career and was going to darn well include that research and backstory in the book, come what may. I put the book down, and didn't expect to pick it up again. And yet, a couple of hours later, I found myself reading again. I couldn't keep away. Apart from those interludes, I found it very well written and engaging. And, more surprising to me, the character stayed with me for days after I finished the book. Jody's not the most sympathetic character, yet all his flaws and uncertainties make him undeniably human, and thus you start caring about where he's going with life, and hoping he's going to make it in the end. And, in a way, it gets you thinking about your own flaws and uncertainties too - just what a good book should do.
Fields Millburn has created a slice of modern life, with all of its complexities, plenty of darkness and some well placed rays of light. Great characterisation demonstrates the author has a deep understanding of human nature and especially human foibles. The novel has interesting shifts in style and approach throughout. Well worth a read.