|Plot Summary of My Dark Places|
|"MY DARK PLACES is a book published by James Ellroy in 1996.
James Ellroy's mother was strangled to death in Los Angeles in 1958. Her murderer was never found. James Ellroy, who was 10 years old then, lived with his father during the following years. He was 17 when his father died.
James Ellroy experienced, on a non-stop basis, drugs, alcohol and prison for robbery on the next 10 years until the day, suffering from delirium, he's hospitalized in an L.A. hospital. He decides to stay clean and put his obsessions on paper.
One of these obsessions was his mother, a secret woman he has never understood. Who was Geneva Hilliker Ellroy? An alcoholic woman obsessed by sex, like her ex-husband said, or a smart woman deceived by life and trying to survive in the Los Angeles of 1958 ?
In 1994, James Ellroy comes back to L.A. and, in the company of Bill Stoner, a retired cop, decides to investigate again his mother's death. During 14 months, both men will find new leads, interrogate dozens of people and try to find the surviving witnesses of the tragic event. If James Ellroy hasn't found his mother's murderer, he will at least be at peace with himself after having learned to know intimately Geneva Hilliker Ellroy."
Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of My Dark Places|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- committing crimes
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- search for family/history
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a teen
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Very much smarter than other people
- druggie/wino disease
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Los Angeles
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
Commentary on society?
- wicked men
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 26-50% of book
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