The One Inside by Sam Shepard

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The One Inside Read Online Free - An extraordinary work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright — a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.

Sam Shepard's searing, evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens and by coyotes cackling far away as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and more, memory is overtaking him: in his mind he sees himself in a movie-set trailer, his young face staring back at him in a mirror surrounded by lightbulbs. In his dreams and in visions he sees his late father — sometimes in miniature, sometimes flying planes, sometimes at war. By turns, he sees the bygone America of his childhood — the farmland and the feedlots, the rail yards and the diners — and, most hauntingly, his father's young girlfriend, with whom he also became involved, setting into motion a tragedy that has stayed with him. His complex interiority is filtered through views of mountains and deserts as he drives across the country, propelled by jazz, Benzedrine, rock and roll, and a restlessness born out of exile. The rhythms of theater, the language of poetry, and a flinty humor combine in this stunning meditation on the nature of experience, at once celebratory, surreal, poignant, and unforgettable.

Title : The One Inside
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ISBN : 045149458X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 172 pages


Trish rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

This gorgeously-conceived and -written memoir is simply delicious to hear. Bill Pullman reads it, sounding so much like Shepard’s remembered craggy, crusty voice crossing the ranges of a human heart on its journey from teen to seventy years. He is sly, self-serving, and somehow sincere, still sex...

Ron rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 06, 2017

After watching a half-century of his legendary coolness, you either believe that 73-year-old Sam Shepard has the right stuff or you don’t. Aside from his steely performance in dozens of movies and TV shows, he’s the author of almost 50 plays, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “Bur...

Lark Benobi rated it ★★★☆☆

March 19, 2017

The foreword by Patti Smith was incomprehensible, which forewarned me that the book itself, when I got to it, would be unusual. Smith was trying hard to channel the rhythm and slant-ness of Shepard's writing, and failed. Her attempt, though, points out the difficulty of saying anything definitive...

Lori rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2017

Perfect pairing of author and narrator. This book, you guys. On Audio. Go. Get it. Now.

Claire rated it ★★★☆☆

March 22, 2017

Beautiful prose, but too fragmentary to really be a novel, or even short stories. The mood is very evocative, dream-like, obscure, and sometimes in the slightly longer sections this really worked for me, but then something very short would cut in, and my mind would want to try to sort it out, whe...

Ron rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2017

Something between a collection of vignettes, surrealism, short story and thinly veiled memoir that stretches in time from a boy of 13 to a man of 70. Atmospheric and haunting.

Bert rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2017

Sam is one of the greats, so you know what to expect here. Greatness. This is a scattered work that jumps around in time, mixes memoir and fiction, these little vignettes mostly focusing on women and being a loner that needs's sometimes a fine line between wanting to go c'mon Sam don't...

Sian rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

Great writing is just great. I love Sam Shepard so much. Is this fiction or did he have lotsa affairs that drove Jessica Lange away? Gosh. He drinks a lot of coffee in this book which I liked. It's kind of a bit dreamy and fiction/memoir. I loved it.

Shaun rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2017

Not quite sure what to make of this book. Is it the rough outline for a new semi-autobiographical play? Or is it a "treatment" for a movie sorta, kinda about the author? Or is it a long short story or novelette about a particularly telling portion of Sam Shepard's somewhat tortured life as he adv...

Samantha rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2017

Shepard's writing is magical, I love him. He writes magic. And he writes feelings. I. Love. Him.

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