Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. I read an article where he was interviewed 3 days before his death where he said he didn’t want to be known as a dead hero like Sid Vicious and James Dean. How horribly prosaic of him. I always thought the Ballad of John and Oko was kind of an omen as well where he says, “they’re gonna crucify me” – and he was- in a way. Interesting that he must have known he wouldn’t die of old age in his bed.
Check out the article here: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/lennon_eerie_last_interview_2ue4q2eCPHjDWWY8YaEc4J
I just finished the book named Dimiter by William Peter Blatty. This is the same man that wrote the Exorcist, among other books. I like lots of different genres and thought this one sounded like a good read. Alas. It was below my expectations.
This book was a little slow to catch my attention. There were a lot of characters with a lot of strange names. It was difficult at first to keep them straight and it didn’t get much better. I had to keep going backward (not easy to do on an e-reader, by the way) to be sure I had the right character in mind.
It was a depressing tale as well. There was a bit of redemption but not enough to make me happy. The reviewers called it a thriller- sorry, I didn’t see that at all. Nope. Kind of dull and scholarly in my opinion. No thrill there.
As to the New York Post reviewer, Jennifer Shaw, it would be my opinion that she either didn’t read the book or the hard cover is a totally different story than the e-book. She named some of the characters but she obviously had no clue as to their relationship. Sounded like she read the book jacket and moved on. Should’ve been what I did.
In all, I give this one a thumbs down.