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Room to Dream

A Life
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In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

Part memoir, part biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch's own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with 90 of Lynch's friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.

©2018 David Lynch and Kristine McKenna (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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Essential Listening

The format is unique. The biography part and the recollections by David Lynch himself. Funny, moving and a heap of insight into Lynchs life, His breadth of work is too vast to try and encapsulate in a single volume, It conveys more about the mood and approach of Lynch who despite being a master of dark portrayals of strange other dimensions as a person is a very uplifting and inspiring guy to work with. If you're a Lynch fan you'll dig it. If you're looking for an introduction or more background check out this audio book.

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The scales fell from my eyes

I have to say that I never cared much for David Lynch but this book has turned me into a fan. It is very interestingly structured with alternating chapters, the first straight from the biography, the second is Lynch giving his take on what you have just read. This gives the audio version the edge because Lynch himself narrates his chapters, bringing them to life in an extraordinary way. Love David Lynch or hate him, I am willing to bet that after reading this book you will come out respecting him as a major and extremely important artist.

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A great meditation on a life.

Interesting and inspiring, listen to this whilst you work and even on a bad day you feel half way there.

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American Dreamer: Incredible Audio Experience

I rarely write reviews, but this audio edition of Room to Dream is exceptional. It's the perfect blend of memoir and autobiography and the stories and insights from Lynch are riveting. Even the stories of his childhood and adolescence before he became a film-maker are really interesting. It's incredibly special to have Lynch himself reminiscing on each stage of his career. When you see the sheer scope of the projects that he's been involved in, there's little doubt that he deserves to be considered one of the greatest American artists in living memory. If you're remotely interested in the work of David Lynch, you will enjoy this audiobook.

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We are all prostitutes...

David Lynch doing adverts for limited edition Dior handbags doesn't quite square with transcendental meditation and freeing your spirit...its basically hardcore capitalist porn. Yet we are repeatedly told "David never does anything he doesn't care about or just for money" err...YES HE DOES! or just what are the things about a limited edition dior handbag he finds so creatively enriching?What else are adverts for dom perignon!? We are all prostitutes - you dont have to dress it up as part of your art - I'm sure Mr Lynch uses and invests his money wisely, putting into his many creative projects and his transcendental meditation organisation, brilliant! Just say so. Otherwise the book is a disappointment, no grit, no darkness, no real insight into his working memory - the few glimpses and fewer stories are rare splashes of light - but McKenna's deadpan drolery sucks the life out the narrative ..I love David Lynch, I have tattoos based on aspects of his work, he is without doubt a colossus of modern art & filmmaking & this could have been really something, an audio well from which to draw - one would think he would have created a biographical cacophony of distorted, warped memory, voices & noise - another growth of his art..but this well is dry. Opportunity lost.

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Tedious hagiography

Repetitive anecdotes from an admittedly impressive range of interviewees paint St Dave as a damn fine bloke. But whereas the Lynch oeuvre is famous for its surrealist blend of light and dark, this rather plodding, strait-laced account is only interested in shining a halo around its subject. Occasional tidbits hint at the complex character beyond the tightly controlled veneer (anger management issues early on, struggles with monogamy). They're few and far between though and you begin to suspect Lynch's co-author is too frightened of upsetting her subject to present anything like an interesting, rounded picture.

Listening to Lynch is a joy, of course. It's the only reason I made it through to the end and the only thing that recommends this timid account of a fearless director.

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Wow David Lynch!

What a great person. incredibly gifted, much celebrated yet kind and humble. Am inspired to look into trancendental meditation...

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Enlightening

an insightful look into one of the more creative and inspiring film directors of the present day.

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Thorough straightforward account of Lynch's life

Solid and detailed biography/autobiography. Enjoyed Lynch's reading style and it is insightful. Perhaps a little long and rambling at times but never hard work.

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Superb

Really interesting book. Fascinating character. The only problem is that he's so compelling to listen to that he makes the actual book sound less interesting.

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Stories by Uncle Lynch

Lynch is a great story teller and often hilarious to listen to. The dual narration between McKenna and Lynch made it a very pleasant listen.

All in all a great summary of all of Lynch's work.