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on April 12, 2010 :
Mailer provides the reader with an uncensored look at a population rocked back onto their heels by catastrophe, and at times the reader almost wishes the work was fiction. The realities news coverage revealed during Katrina were difficult for outsiders to accept, and the portrayal of life in the Big Easy post-Katrina will be no easier. Mailer acknowledges the lives beyond the tourist brochures and concierge recommendation, and offers a glimpse at a dark but honest reality of life in the big city after tragedy.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on March 30, 2010 :
Author John Buffalo Mailer (son of Norman Mailer) was once commissioned by Playboy to write an article about post-Katrina New Orleans. Numerous editorial policy changes ensued, and the article eventually reverted to him.
Mailer chose to publish this gritty look at New Orleans exclusively as an eBook, and I feel privileged to have read it. His prose is evocative, and the interviews with the strippers and bartenders show the gritty underbelly of a city that is still trying to recover from disaster.
I will say that this book is not for the faint of heart. There are discussions of murders, sex, prostitution and drug use. Mailer pulls no punches in showing the darker side of recovery in a devastated city.
A short read, and well worth exploring.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)