Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip

Rated 4.86/5 based on 8 reviews
A solo journey into trauma, spectral visions of an apocalypse, a moment when the sense of a world teetering on the edge of cataclysm or renewal was very real. And very fragile. More

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About David Antrobus

David Antrobus was born in Manchester, England, raised in the English Midlands and currently resides near Vancouver, Canada. He writes music reviews, articles, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The lessons he learned from working for two decades with abused and neglected street kids will never leave him.

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Review by: Linda Rae Blair on Aug. 28, 2012 :
This is a work I knew would be great, knew I would regret if I didn't read, knew would be painful to read--so, what did I do? I put it off, kept it neatly tucked away in my Kindle To Be Reads where it haunted me like a personal ghost. Well, I was yanked from my frozen state into action when someone else's review crossed by screen. "Coward," I called myself and reached for my Kindle. Half an hour later, with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, a knot in my stomach, I knew I was right to read it. Glad I didn't try sooner, but glad I had finally gotten beyond my own PTS. David has done a tremendous job, putting his own perspective to this painful topic, as well as jarring us into facing our own pain in the memory. Thank you, David. It was beautiful, sad, and oh, so very accurate. And, as a southern neighbor, I am so very glad you took the trip that I have yet to face.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Parents' Little Black Book Reviews on March 18, 2012 :
While on the surface, Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip is a true story of the author's journey from the Canadian west to New York in the week immediately following the terrorist attacks, the story is about so much more.

I am lothe to discuss the particulars of the story because the author, David Antrobus, has written something so hauntingly personal that I believe each reader will experience it in a unique way related directly to how the reader experienced the events themselves. I clearly remember arriving at work and just before I turned off my car hearing something weird about an airplane crash in New York. I experienced that and the sudden loneliness of it all again as I read this story, the loneliness of sitting around one desk at work with my all of my coworkers trying vainly to get video images on the computer. It brought me back to one of the most crystal clear days of my life and made me examine more closely who we are as Americans.

That is the true brilliance of this short story. The story is the author's and yet it is the reader's as well. It is a collective history captured in a Jack Kerouac, On the Road style. At the end of the story, the author questions who we are as Americans and our relationship with the world through the eyes of our neighbors to the north. It asks us to look inside while we focus so much on the outside.

Brilliantly conceived and executed. I hope the author considers a novel length version.

I highy recommend this story with the caveat that it can bring back harsh memories that may be difficult to process.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Aug. 15, 2011 :
A most enjoyable book. Filled to the brim with heartfelt feelings. We take a trip into America and feel the pain as if we are there. A visual read. That will leave you thinking.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Lee Parish on Aug. 14, 2011 :
This is a beautiful mix of 'hauntingly poetic' and harsh reality. David has very eloquently walked the fine line between wanting to understand the pain of 911 and yet leaving those who lost so much with their dignity. His ability to convey the shock the world felt and the grief and heartache of the individual in a few short pages is astounding.

I highly recommend this book. It really leaves you thinking.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Neil & David Yuzuk on Aug. 12, 2011 :
David Antrobus has painted a word picture of his journey from Pacific Canada to the shores of the Atlantic to stand with us here in a post 9/11 New York and share our grief and resolution to be bloodied, but unbowed.

For me, he evoked a time of terrible personal memories and the memory of men and women acting with courage and fortitude.

The sight of the men and women who ran to the devastation as others ran away. R.I.P. Greg Saucedo, one of New York's Bravest.

It is good to be reminded of the worst and the best we experienced that day. Well done David!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathie Borrie on June 19, 2011 : (no rating)
Engaging, harrowing - an interesting perspective about the dissolution of a day and hints of the author's own tragic experiences. Makes one want to read much more. Particularly liked the details of the people he met along the way - chance or not so chance, encounters. Well done!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J. C. Allen on June 18, 2011 :
A Dissolute Kinship, by David Antrobus, is the author’s account of his journey to New York City following the 9/11 attacks. David has beautifully interwoven his own reactions with those of others experiencing the aftermath of the horrors of that fateful event. The resulting story is haunting, yet uplifting.

His writing style is so vividly descriptive; you have no doubt about the sights, smells, feelings surrounding him. You are there with him - deeply involved. This man has a true talent, and has used it brilliantly. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Thomas-Jacob Publishing, LLC on June 16, 2011 :
Antrobus' writing is phenomenal. I ran across this writer on several writers' sites and was immediately intrigued by his story. I'm glad I was.

As an American, 9/11 will always occupy a tender spot in my heart. Who among us doesn't remember exactly what we were doing when the planes hit? It was particularly interesting to see that day from the outside. Antrobus is a Canadian who, on his own journey of healing, decided to visit New York on that fateful day. His descriptions bring back painful memories of my own view of that time. It's very real, and very poignant.

I'd love to see Antrobus develop this short essay into a full length book. I'm willing to bet he could do it, and do it well. I look forward to more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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