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Lobster Boy av Fred Rosen
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Lobster Boy (urspr publ 1995; utgåvan 1995)

av Fred Rosen (Författare)

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Fred Rosen researches the shocking true story behind the murder of Lobster Boy?and finds his own life at risk In his account of the sensational life and murder of Grady Stiles Jr., also known as the legendary carnival (3zsfreak(3y sLobster Boy, author Fred Rosen explains how Stiles?s death was engineered by his wife, Mary Teresa, the carny known as the Electrified Girl. Rosen describes how Mary Teresa arranged for her husband?s murder after years of physical and emotional abuse. The narrative is full of appearances from the couple?s colorful acquaintances, including the World?s Only Living Half Girl, Midget Man, and the Human Blockhead. During Mary Teresa?s dramatic trial, Rosen becomes a character in his own book. When both he and the prosecution are threatened by Mary Teresa?s daughter, who Rosen believes was a co-conspirator although she was never indicted, the writer risks his life in pursuit of the truth and the evidence that leads to Mary Teresa?s conviction.… (mer)
Medlem:amoderndaybelle
Titel:Lobster Boy
Författare:Fred Rosen (Författare)
Info:Pinnacle (1995), 331 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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On Sunday, January 25, 2004 I wrote about this book: (Not much alas)


I did not plan to read this book after the first pages,did not seem like a great book, but after a while I wanted to know more of the story of Lobster boy.
So I am reading it right now and after that will send to Bug007

Okay back to now. I remember the story was great and very interesting but the writing was not that good. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
Grady Stiles, Jr., known to the world as “Lobster Boy” was murdered by his family, in a kill-for-hire scheme. This book lightly touches upon his life, painting a background where you can easily image Grady as an angry, abusive and selfish man.

Overall, it was interesting to peer into the world of carnies. I felt very sorry for Grady’s family, as they struggled to live and survive in his world. Rated 3 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jan 7, 2016 |
This book is, unfortunately, one of those instances where the writing doesn't live up to the story.

Let's begin with the good stuff. The content is fascinating and the author obviously put a lot of time into the research. We're taken through three generations of a dysfunctional family. We're shown what life is like for families who are part of traveling carnivals, particularly back when physical disabilities were considered human oddities that people would pay to see - and mock.

Now on to the bad stuff. The writing is truly terrible. We have constant misused tenses, with inappropriate shifts between present and past. The sentence structure is often awkward and uncomfortable to read. Much of the story, particularly during the cover of the trial, is nothing more than a recitation of facts. This quickly becomes repetitive and dull, as if we're reading a trial transcript.

There is a certain amount of subjectivity in Rosen's account of this story. He clearly has a vested stake in the trial, as he proudly injects himself into the center. This is done with a sense of self-righteousness, in the name of justice. He also makes several statements that show his ignorance and prejudice on certain topics.

I read a lot of true crime and, while the facts of this case are disturbing, that's to be expected. The details, though, felt chosen for effect. I couldn't help but think we were missing something. We were shown a kind of one-sided view. For one thing, I think the author missed an important opportunity to explore the issue of battered wife syndrome. Sadly, this was one of those areas where the author was closed off and showed a bit of ignorance.

In the end, this is a fascinating case and that is the only reason I got through the entire book. With a talented editor, or maybe a ghostwriter with a good sense of storytelling, this would be a riveting story.

** I was provided with a copy of this book by WildBlue Press in exchange for an honest review. ** ( )
  Darcia | Sep 29, 2014 |
Classic!
  lovejunkie | Aug 1, 2008 |
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Fred Rosen researches the shocking true story behind the murder of Lobster Boy?and finds his own life at risk In his account of the sensational life and murder of Grady Stiles Jr., also known as the legendary carnival (3zsfreak(3y sLobster Boy, author Fred Rosen explains how Stiles?s death was engineered by his wife, Mary Teresa, the carny known as the Electrified Girl. Rosen describes how Mary Teresa arranged for her husband?s murder after years of physical and emotional abuse. The narrative is full of appearances from the couple?s colorful acquaintances, including the World?s Only Living Half Girl, Midget Man, and the Human Blockhead. During Mary Teresa?s dramatic trial, Rosen becomes a character in his own book. When both he and the prosecution are threatened by Mary Teresa?s daughter, who Rosen believes was a co-conspirator although she was never indicted, the writer risks his life in pursuit of the truth and the evidence that leads to Mary Teresa?s conviction.

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