Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel (Unabridged)
by David Rakoff
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Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014 From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal. The characters' lives are linked to one another by acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter of Irish slaughterhouse workers in early-20th-century Chicago faces a desperate choice; a hobo offers an unexpected refuge on the rails during the Great Depression; a vivacious aunt provides her clever nephew a path out of the crushed dream of postwar Southern California; an office girl endures the casually vicious sexism of 1950s Manhattan; the young man from Southern California revels in the electrifying sexual and artistic openness of 1960s San Francisco, then later tends to dying friends and lovers as the AIDS pandemic devastates the community he cherishes; a love triangle reveals the empty materialism of the Reagan years; a marriage crumbles under the distinction between self-actualization and humanity; as the new century opens, a man who has lost his way finds a measure of peace in a photograph he discovers in an old box - an image of pure and simple joy that unites the themes of this brilliantly conceived work. Rakoff's insistence on beauty and the necessity of kindness in a selfish world raises the novel far above mere satire. A critic once called Rakoff "magnificent", a word that perfectly describes this wonderful novel in verse.
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A journey through a life unknown you may seek,
stop right here, the outcome will not be bleak, if you you just
take a look inside these pages, I implore, Rakoff always
leaves you asking, wanting, begging for more.
Listening is the way it should be experienced!
I had looked forward to this for so long, that I feared it could not possibly live up to the hype. THEN, it was even better than imagined. The story is a little like LOST in the way characters interact, although may not know each other. Worth every penny as well, because unlike many audiobooks it can be listened to over and over gaining depth and meaning every time. Mr. Rackoff's voice is softer but remains emotive and subtle and quite honestly amazing. I could have bought this to read, but I feel the better experience is hearing it. This audio has a few extras at the end, which is nice because you simply don't want the book to come to an end.