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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Merle Miller Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455886081
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Child prodigy Joshua Bland’s life has been anything but bland. Joshua’s father abandons him and his mentally imbalanced mother when he is a young boy, leaving him to be raised by a cynical, hostile, and self-doubting stepfather. When Joshua loses a national knowledge competition, his family’s reaction puts him on the path to becoming a World War II veteran, bestselling author, successful producer, and absentee father. A Gay and Melancholy Sound is a stark, witty portrait of a man who has had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, yet no emotional connection to any of it. Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960–2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR Commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 upthetrellis McCreery | 11/29/2013

    " "P.S. If I find out what truth is, I'll drop you a line." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Teague | 11/13/2013

    " Very well written account of a young man that never learned to make emotional connections. An angry mother, a results at all costs oriented stepfather and his own foibles are explored. Certainly, an interior book. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 11/5/2013

    " An intense and self-revealing journey into the life of one, Joshua Bland. Although, Bland struggles to love the people that have "floated" through his life, Bland is able to be sympathized with, if not partially understood, at certain points throughout this wide-ranging book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebrookbank Brookbank | 11/4/2013

    " God, this book was depressing...but also so good! The main character feels like a family member or good friend by the end, his voice and personality is as real as anyone I've ever met in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 10/22/2013

    " I just finished this book and for a book about suicide, it's pretty funny. I purchased this book initially because it was a Nancy Pearl (Book Lust) selection. It's the story of a childhood prodidy grown up and unhappy with his life. I have a pretty dark sense of humor and could appreciate this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maude | 10/17/2013

    " I have not enjoyed a book as much as this in quite awhile. The writing is not overdone and it flows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Henning | 8/4/2013

    " Loved this. All the more intriguing for its semi-autobiographical touchstones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 8/3/2013

    " Couldn't put this down. Complex, sad, smart narrator and a poignant story about his successful but lonely life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/23/2013

    " A slow read for me. Kept me interested enough to labor on through to the end, but not really my kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Conklin | 1/24/2013

    " I'm giving this up without finishing it. I don't do that often. I don't like this whiney, sniveling, arrogant little man. He's so arrogant he thinks the world would like an account of every nuance of his life instead of a short suicide note. Goodbye cruel world! Get on with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Preisinger | 12/30/2012

    " Liked it but would only recommend it to certain readers. Have to be intrigued and understand mental illness and the vice it can have on a mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 11/25/2012

    " A wonderful memoir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geni | 8/5/2012

    " Dark, tragic, utterly depressing; in my current state, I couldn't finish it. "

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