The Ticking Is the Bomb

The Ticking Is the Bomb

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession--a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery--of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393068160
Branch Call Number: 811 FLY F
Characteristics: 283 p.

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Aug 11, 2012

Superb book with wonderfully crafted sentences - that emphasize the duality of our human nature.

jmcgrfx Jul 24, 2012

I picked this book off the shelf for two reasons: first, the relevant title, and second, I recognized the author's name in connection with a recent, reasonably well thought of film with Robert DeNiro. The Vonnegut-like graphics on the cover give it away; this installment of Nick Flynn's continuing autobiography is very much in the fragmented, time-jumping style of the Master, Kurt Vonnegut. As such, any number of interesting topics are touched on; it can be a litle hard to follow at times, but I found it no problem to read the whole book in one sitting. Some expletives, adult situations throughout.

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