My favorite quote: "Chicago divided your heart. Leaving you loving the joint for keeps. Yet knowing it can never love you."
So, why should writers (whether or not they are residents of Chicago) read this book?
- He writes beautifully. It really is poetry in prose form.
- The notes for each chapter help. He did not provide the notes, but later contributors did. If a writer is going to write something complex and not easy to understand on its own, give your readers the tools they need to understand. If you don't, readers get to interpret meaning in any way they wish!
- The author's feelings come through. Since this is an autobiography/historical chronically/ poem, readers really need to connect to the connect.