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My Dark Places by James Ellroy
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My Dark Places (original 1996; edition 1997)

by James Ellroy

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Title:My Dark Places
Authors:James Ellroy
Info:Vintage (1997), Edition: First Paperback Edition, Paperback, 427 pages
Collections:Your library, Lieu Vidauban
Rating:****
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My Dark Places by James Ellroy (1996)

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Too long and goes nowhere. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Varios meses sufri las idas y venidas de la investgacion de Ellroy .

Muchas historias pertubadoras sobre crimenes paralelos a la pelirroja Jean . Muchas mujeres muertas solo por el hecho de ser mujeres . MUchos hombres que impusieron crueldad solamente porque podian , porque la sociedad lo permitia . Muchas , interminables injusticias que ELlroy explora sin esconder detalles . Mucha maldad , machismo y violencia de genero que brota por los poros del mundo y en particular , en esta nacion violenta que recorre el autor de viaje en viaje . Aca estan esos horrores documentados con la imparcialidad de un ajeno al dolor ; es eso , es lo explicito , la honestidad brutal que hace que este recuento de evidencias y hechos , mentiras y verdades , sea la excelencia que es .

ELLROY X ELLROY . COn todas sus rarezas y todos sus defectos , que sin querer queriendo da catedra sobre quienes son las oprimidas y las victimas de siempre . Y como la gente se acosumbra a que lo sean ( y eso es lo peor de todo , no?)

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Estoy en una racha de crimenes sin resolver que no puedo parar ( La mujer de Isdal , Mary Rogers , el caso Taman Shud , ENTRE OTROS apasionantes misterios sin resolver de esos que te sacan el sueño...) y cai en esta autobiografia del autor de L.A. CONFIDENTIAL , cuya madre ES un cold case .

Veamos que tal esta ... ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
A driven, ambitious, talented and successful crime author cashes in on his mother's murder. Does he get away with it? Not quite. The clue is in the final sentence of the book's final chapter. Nevertheless, a fascinating and unique literary failure. "Dead people belong to the live people who claim them most obsessively," writes Ellroy. One wonders if this is either fair or true, altough I have thought the same thing myself.

Also interesting in My Dark Places is Ellroy's off-hand dismissal of his earlier novels. ( )
  Quickpint | Aug 7, 2014 |
Ho comprato questo libro dopo aver ascoltato un'intervista con Ellroy. Poi l'ho lasciato lì perché ho un'allergia per le storie vere, dichiaratamente autobiografiche. Ora l'ho letto, e posso dire che è più romanzo che documento. Ellroy scrive dannatamente bene, Ellroy sa universalizzare in maniera superba la sua personale vicenda, ma non è solo questo. E' che queste pagine sono di un'onestà umana e intellettuale che lascia allibiti. Talmente allibiti da dimenticare che è una storia vera, la sua, perché non ti pare possibile che qualcuno abbia la forza di mostrarsi così. Più che nudo: inerme. Ellroy ha deciso di scriverla, questa storia, e lo fa fino in fondo, senza risparmiarsi nulla, senza nascondersi.
Davvero notevole.
  Lilliblu | Aug 4, 2012 |
Note: I read this several years ago.

James Ellroy, author of such evocative noir as [L.A. Confidential] and [The Black Dahlia], reveals the dark mystery in his own life, the murder of his mother when he was 10 years old. Ellroy uses the horrific event as centerpiece of his own noir history, and shows us the roots of his dark and violent art.
  ffortsa | Feb 7, 2010 |
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James Ellroy's trademark is his language: it is sometimes caustically funny and always brazen. When he's hitting on all cylinders, as he is in My Dark Places, his style makes punchy rhythms out of short sentences using lingo such as "scoot" (dollar), "trim" (sex), and "brace" (to interrogate). But the premise for My Dark Places is what makes it especially compelling: Ellroy goes back to his own childhood to investigate the central mystery behind his obsession with violence against women--the death of his mother when he was 10 years old. It's hard to imagine a more psychologically treacherous, more self-exposing way in which to write about true crime. The New York Times calls it a "strenuously involving book.... Early on, Mr. Ellroy makes a promise to his dead mother that seems maudlin at first: 'I want to give you breath.' But he's done just that and--on occasion--taken ours away."

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Jean Ellroy was murdered in 1958. Her body was dumped on a roadway in a run-down L.A. suburb. The killer was never found. The case was closed. It was a sordid back-page homicide that nobody remembered. Except her son. James Ellroy was ten years old when his mother died. His bereavement was complex and ambiguous. He grew up obsessed with murdered women and crime. His life spun hellishly out of control. He ran from the ghost of Jean Ellroy. He became a writer of radically provocative and best-selling crime novels. He tried to reclaim his mother through fiction. It didn't work. He quit running and wrote this memoir.My Dark Places is Jean Ellroy's and James Ellroy's story - from 1958 to all points past and up to this moment. It is the story of a brilliant homicide detective named Bill Stoner, and of the investigation he and James Ellroy undertook to find Jean Ellroy's killer. My Dark Places is unflinching autobiography and vivid reportage. It is no less than a treatise on 38 years of American murder. It is James Ellroy's journey into and through his most forbidding memories.… (more)

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