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Beautiful Children

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    God's obligation was his presence within us

    This book deserves its distinction as one of The New York Times Best Books of 2008. It is well-written and organized in such a way that readers understand these characters as people and not as caricatures. Not only that, but Charles Bock has a keen eye for social critique and many of his characters provide insightful commentary about society as well as a developing sense of their own reasons behind their actions. For example, Lestat appears earlier in the novel and the reader is repelled by him, but later on Bock allows the narrative to pick up Lestat's voice and the inner workings of his mind and suddenly the reader is given a new perspective on this character: "The sane sober businessman does not walk down the street talking out loud to himself, but the crazy homeless man does...Over time Lestat had also grown to understand how the former becomes the latter. How all your thoughts and frustrations can inch closer and closer toward one uninterrupted rant. How the chasm between a person and the world around him can grow, a shell forming between the life you once had and the life you are living." This situation is true for the characters in the novel. Each one is dealing with a chasm that either developed while he/she was consciously or unconsciously oblivious or is coming to terms with the fact that the chasm is developing at that moment, based on a particular decision that needs to be made. This, for me, is the best part of the book--that the philosophy and vision behind it are so satisfying. Who hasn't at times felt like Kenny on the side of the road, raising our hands in the air and wondering "What am I supposed to do now?". I like the nun's answer in this novel: You must question how you might be more than you are. Like Rilke writes in his poem "The Archaic Torso of Apollo," You must change your life. I agree. You must also read this book.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The Grey Line Tour

    Have you ever wondered what happens to the rejects from the Jerry Springer show? The damaged, the destroyed, the sad, the failed folks who couldn't even cut it with America's sleaze fighting show? Neither have I. But Charles Bock has and he doesn't believe that what happens in Vegas stays there, and we're lucky for that. Otherwise we might have missed his brilliant writing, his elegant portrayal, the irony of beautiful children being written about as if they were something other than that. It's a tour of Las Vegas like you will hopefully never see, but if you believe Bock, we are all on that same bus, and it's not always a pretty ride, but one you wouldn't want to miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Good effort but Seriously Flawed

    Beautiful Children is a first novel and a good attempt at providing insight into the underworld of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the lack of a story to drive the reader forward, combined with pretentious and almost narcissistic writing caused this book to be a complete disaster (my eyes glazed over many a time during long passages that went nowhere and I just didn't care about anyone in this book). I really do appreciate the attempt though. Hopefully in his next work the author will stay with Las Vegas as a setting but focus more on creating a story that makes you turn the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Amazing!!

    I absolutly love this novel! It took me just a bit to really get into it, although, I can honestly say that this is not a novel to regret!

    Add me as a friend! z a r a t e . l u z 1 3 2 6 @ a t t . N e t

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