Crazy Heart: A Novel

Crazy Heart: A Novel

by Thomas Cobb

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ISBN-13: 9780062325525
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 917,306
File size: 520 KB

About the Author

Thomas Cobb is the author of Crazy Heart, which was adapted into a 2009 Academy Award-winning film starring Jeff Bridges, and Shavetail, among other books. He grew up in southern Arizona and now lives in Rhode Island with his wife.

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Crazy Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
57 More than 1 year ago
I do not know where I was or what I was doing years ago when this book came out but it saddens me I waited all these years to read it. I loved it. It is a definite keeper. Bad Blake is a down on his luck, womanizing, alcoholic performer. With every 2 steps he takes back up he falls back 5. I read this book in 2 settings and wanted to turn right around and read it again. It really touched me, and by the way, the movie stays very close to the book. I recommend it too.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb is about this washed up country singer named 'Bad' Blake. Bad Blake has been on the road doing concerts in bowling alleys and bars, while on the road he finds romance.Unfortunately, he also has some vices to deal with.Crazy Heart sort of reminded me of the film Walk The Line, only replace Phoenix with some old dude. Essentially country music isn't all she stole my pick-up truck now I'm going to get a dog and drink a beer, twang twang twang. Really, it's about the life of the unglamorous, and Bad's life reflects this. Bad spends much of the book drinking Jack Daniels, reminiscing about being screwed over by Tommy Sweet. This book was about how there's a seedy underbelly within country music. Oh, and also continues on the theme of how fame doesn't last, and how most people are not glamorous and just doing the best they can.The writing was fairly solid, I mean Cobb has got some style. However, I felt an emotional disconnect with the characters. Perhaps I have trouble relating to a guy who spends most of his time inebriated. Now, this is not to moralize, hell no. I just didn't connect with Bad Blake. I thought he got himself into a lot of situations, and didn't have a whole lot of pity for him.On the one hand, I doubt it was the author's intent to have the readers pity Bad. I think as readers we are supposed to have a glimpse into how ordinary heartland folks are, and how unaware people are of the drug/party scene of such a 'safe' genre. Also, we are supposed to see how dependency can really mess up your life, and how hard it is to give up the 'crutch.'To be fairly honest, I am quite lukewarm on this book. While it kept me flipping pages, it wasn't the greatest book I've ever read, I'm not an evangelist for it. But, in saying that it is also not the worst book, either. It was sort of ah, well that was an alright read. I think if you've had dependency issues, maybe you might love this book. Or if you love some old time country music. Or hell, if you are just passionate about music, you may love this book. I'm not any of those things. I like country music, I also like music, but I'm not passionate about either. That aside, I am curious as to how this book translated on the silver screen. I will definitely check it out when it's on DVD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one time I preferred the movie to the book. What I liked better about the movie is the ending. In the movie the fact that he loses her doesn't affect his working with AA to remain sober. I think this is a more realistic ending for an alcoholic who truly gets sick and tired of himself as Bad did. The book ending diverges quite a bit.
CercaTrova More than 1 year ago
...partially because I didn't see it coming, partially because I was glad it was over. It is an easy read that took me no time at all- I finished it on a long flight. I would NOT say this is the most exciting book I've ever read. Simply put, I would say that it was underwhelming. In fact, 2/3 of the way through, I thought, "come on..." It dragged along in a few places and then BAM it was over. The ending was somewhat shocking for me- I never saw it coming. And that is the only reason I liked the book as much as I did. I hope the movie is better.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Bad Blake was once a big country singer, but now he plays small clubs and bowling alleys just to get by. He has numerous ex-wives and is poor. He also likes to drink his whisky. Thomas Cobb has written a bittersweet look at life on the road for a has-been musician. He pulled me in and made me feel for Bad. CRAZY HEART is heart wrenching and is a skillfully written novel.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
At one time Bad Blake was a country-and-western superstar, but years of alcohol have taken its toll. In his late fifties, his best has long passed. Even his personal life has been a failure with four broken marriages and a son he has not seen in decades. Bad once got Tommy Sweet gigs, but now the roles have reversed with the young superstar having Blake open for him. Reporter Jean Craddock meets Bad Black for an interview and they are attracted to one another. As they fall in love, her young son Buddy is the impetus for Bad to look up his son. That reunion like his entire life goes bad, but Bad moves on. Alone with Buddy, he loses his girlfriend's son when he stops for a drink, which will cost him much more. With a nod to A Star Is Born, this is a character study of a self-destructive person who failed to cope with fame and fortune. The slight story line focuses on Bad, whose irresponsible behavior adversely impacts those who care about him, but learn quickly the cost is too high as he drives them away with his out of control actions. Fans will enjoy Thomas Cobb's bittersweet look into a Crazy Heart. Harriet Klausner