The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad nonfiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
This collection brings together more than 60 pieces of Neil Gaiman's outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
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Neil Gaiman has an incredible yet deeply relatable grasp on the real world and the world of art. His writing here gives great insight into his own life as well as the lives of his literary friends. As an English student, I found this book reignited my passion for my subject, reawakening the same drive that wanted me to devote my life to reading and writing stories.
Gaiman's narration is soothing and lovely, like a favourite teacher, with many humorous and moving portions wonderfully presented, including a final moving tribute to his friend and writer extraordinaire Sir Terry Pratchett.
While some of the chapters in the middle can get repetitive as they are largely introductions to other writers' books (which can be a little less interesting than the rest of the collection if you're not familiar with the writers' works) they still give you a great amount of content, and a large amount of new authors to read.
"The View From The Cheap Seats" is like a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and wonder people may not realise is available to them. This charming reading captures all the joy and melancholy within the book leaving you feeling wiser and heavier by the time it's over.
Neil Gaiman's The View From the Cheap Seats is funny, wise, sometimes distressing and always absorbing. Brilliant
Neil Gaiman is a crusader, a sideways thinker with an almost spiritual ability to capture the imagination.
Cheap seats is a collection of his thoughts, written over a number of years and gives snapshots of opinion and emotion cast with the colourful hue brought to all of his work.
Gaiman gives us a chance to peer into the workings of his inner cuckoo clock and treats with his opinions and thoughts on much that is close to his own heart.
The greatest bonus for me personally is the fact he reads it himself. Every inflection is how the author meant it which for a true Gaiman fan makes this audio book worth it weight in gold.
One I will be listening and returning to for many years to come!
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Personally I didn't find these articles very interesting. As he says they are a lot about him. The opening article regarding religion and freedom of speech kind of fails to recognise that religions tend to inspire people who believe in a higher purpose other than themselves. Neil's view that his view and individual views carries equal weight may sound nice but won't mean much to someone who believes they are acting on behalf of a higher power. The rest of the essays are pretty self indulgent and not as inspiring as others found them. Mind you I don't really listen to Twitter or Award ceremonies.
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