Blunt_Goddess, July 19, 2010 (view all comments by Blunt_Goddess)
Quite possibly the best book I have ever read! If more people had her attitude about life the world would be a much better place! Every woman young and old needs to read this book!
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This is what rankles me. What's the big idea comparing her with literary giants like Henry Miller? Jack Kerouac, in my opinion, is vastly over-rated. He's no literary giant. His writing is impenetrable.
I don't know. Maybe I will read her book. Might learn something, (but I kind of doubt it).
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MissLynsey, October 20, 2009 (view all comments by MissLynsey)
I absolutely loved this book! Its a must read for every college age person living their dreams in Portland. Especially for those of us who have spats with our parents about what we are doing vs what we "should" be doing.
Viva writes with such a creative flare and passion for her story and of the stories of those around her, her passion is infectious. My favorite aspect of her memoirs is how she never makes excuses or rationalizes her behavior or the experiences she's had. Viva definitely makes Portland proud.
by Andrei Codrescu, Jealous Witness: New Poems,
"Viva's memoir/novel is as affecting as Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, and has more than a passing kinship to the work of Anais Nin and Jack Kerouac. Hers is the classic American tale of wanderlust, updated for the 21st Century with additional layers of heartbreak.... In the sea of memoirs... Viva's story is an island. You'll circumnavigate it breathlessly, like I did, reading first for the titillation then rooting, with increasing sympathy, for the utterly charming and oh-so-hip and so-sad ingénue."
by Nick Tosches, journalist and author of King of the Jews,
"Seeing life through this broad's eyes is a strange and beautiful blessing the likes of which words bring."
by Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love,
"Magic Gardens is no mere memoir — all snap, verve, and eloquence, it is the how-to manifesto of a Diva of the Demimonde, and a love song to life on the shady side."
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