The Hilliker Curse

The Hilliker Curse

My Pursuit of Women

Book - 2010
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The legendary crime writer unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought "Her."
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307593504
0307593509
Branch Call Number: 813 EL59h
Characteristics: 203 p. ; 22 cm

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filmgoerjuan
Jul 05, 2011

Best to avoid reading this if you're a fan of Ellroy's fiction and want to preserve any illusion that he's not as messed up and disturbed as you might have suspected. While you start off feeling sympathy for Ellroy's situation as a child; his behaviour as an adult (and justification of why he's such a jerk and serial adulterer) grows increasingly disturbing and wearisome. It's not aided by his hypocritical claims of religious conviction. All-in-all, this feels like a cathartic exercise for Ellroy and an unsettling one for the reader. He should be telling this to his therapist, not to us.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

The writer of politically intertwined meta-crime novels like The Black Dahlia reveals his very complicated relationship with women throughout the decades, which he traces back to the murder of his mother when he was a child.

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