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  • ISBN: 0767910206
  • Author: Tony Cohan
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1955 kb
  • FB2 size 1892 kb
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Native State is memoir set in the 50s and early '60s that follows a young man attempting to escape the confines of his celebrity-filled alcoholic family in Hollywood, who chooses the life of a jazz drummer in bohemian Europe.

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I had never heard of Tony Cohan before seeing this book, and deciding to read it. The title and cover caught my eye. Interesting life he has had. He is about a half-generation older than I am, and while I remember some of the era he talks about, my experiences were far far different.

Native state: a memoir. Tony Cohan is the author of eight books, including the bestselling travel memoir On Mexican Time and the novels Opium and Canary, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Cohan, whose On Mexican Time discussed events later in his life, tackles his young adulthood in this eighth book.

A captivating, deeply affecting memoir chronicling a journey from a Hollywood childhood as the son of a fading show business figure to a bohemian life in Europe and back to his native state of California, where the author must face the man who had driven him away. Native State - Tony Cohan. Throughout, Cohan brilliantly interweaves and contrasts his past experiences with his present-day reflections on the universal youthful desire to flee home and family, and the simultaneous undertow of origins urging a return. The result is a work that combines unusually rich storytelling with extraordinary literary quality.

Book Description A captivating, deeply affecting memoir chronicling a journey from a Hollywood childhood as the son of a fading show business figure to a bohemian life in Europe and back to his native state of California, where the author must face theman who had driven him away. Summoned from abroad to attend to the father he’s never been close to, writer and musician Tony Cohan finds himself reliving his own peripatetic life-a kaleidoscopic odyssey from California’s sunny postwar promise through the burnt end of the 1960s to the final days of the last century.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Native State is memoir set in the 50s and early '60s that follows a young man attempting to escape the confines of his celebrity-filled alcoholic family in Hollywood.

Tony Cohan is an American travel writer, novelist, and lyricist. His best known work of travel writing is On Mexican Time. His memoir

Tony Cohan (born December 28, 1939) is an American travel writer, novelist, and lyricist. His novel Canary was selected New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and his novel Opium was a Literary Guild Selection. His memoir Native State was chosen Los Angeles Times Notable Book of the Year.

A captivating, deeply affecting memoir chronicling a journey from a Hollywood childhood as the son of a fading show business figure to a bohemian life in Europe and back to his native state of California, where the author must face the man who had driven him away. Summoned from abroad to attend to the ninety-four-year-old father he’s never been close to, writer and musician Tony Cohan finds himself reliving his own peripatetic life—a kaleidoscopic odyssey from California’s sunny postwar promise through the burnt end of the 1960s to the final days of the last century.An engrossing investigation of memory and identity, love and desire, art and fate, Native State vividly portrays the author’s attempts to escape the confines of a celebrity-filled, alcoholic family through music, writing, and travel. His descent into the colorful milieus of musical and literary geniuses and lowlifes, divas and crooks, fortune tellers and culture gods in Paris, Tangier, London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, San Francisco, Kyoto, and Los Angeles coalesces into a distinctive, intimate depiction of a pivotal cultural era. Throughout, Cohan brilliantly interweaves and contrasts his past experiences with his present-day reflections on the universal youthful desire to flee home and family, and the simultaneous “undertow of origins” urging a return. The result is a work that combines unusually rich storytelling with extraordinary literary quality.Poignant, elegantly crafted, and often funny, Native State is an indelible portrait of the artist as a young man, and—as son and dying father grope toward acceptance—a coming-to-terms with self, family, origins, and the elusive American idea of home.

Comments: (5)
Xava
Tony Cohan's attempt to cope with the father who dominated his life has produced this splendid tale of escape into adventures literary, musical, and romantic in lands far and near. Mr. Cohan's abundant talents enabled him to find acceptance among musical and literary figures whose names will surely inspire threads of memory for readers of a certain age, say 60 and older. The memoir thus opens many more windows than would the ramblings of a less gifted protagonist.

The writing is more than equal to the images it is called on to create, and the influence of Mr. Cohan's father is delineated touchingly and understandably as it evolves from early days in New York and Hollywood up to the day of the elder Mr. Cohan's death.
Ceroelyu
I am a fan of Tony Cohan's books about life and culture in Mexico(having lived in Mexico myself ) and wanted to read more from him. Books like this is why I love to read. Intelligent prose, riveting story and insightful awareness.This is a memoir told with finesse and directness.Mr.Cohan's life from a very early age is filled with adventuresome travel , music and musical luminaries , dysfunctional family dynamics and self discovery forging a path of a true liberated artist.I struggle with writing reviews and feel I cannot do this book justice.It seems this book is underrated being in the "bargain " section all I will say now is buy this and enjoy the ride and perhaps you to will be awed by a life well lived and shared.
Priotian
Tony Cohan, an incredibly gifted writer - his account of finding a new life in Mexico, 'On Mexican Time', is a superior contribution to the genre of literary travel memoir - has written a sort of early prequel to that book, a fascinating and heartrending story of one man's search for a meaningful life. This is played out in retrospect as he watches his father die in present day Los Angeles. He takes us back to his boyhood in the shadow of a belittling and domineering man, who shaped him for all that was to come. Young Cohan was an accomplished jazz drummer playing with greats like Dexter Gordon in Copenhagen - and pre-Ringo Beatles in Hamburg! - but he gave this up to follow a trickier path of self-expression as a writer. This led him through the early days of the counterculture that began in the late 1950s and flowered into the sex,drugs, rock and roll, Buddhism of the 60s. Cohan hung out with Paul Bowles in Morocco, Jim Morrison in LA, Burroughs in Paris. But this is much more than a name-dropping memoir. It's the paradigm voyage of a generation, and Cohan is its very best, most moving explicator. A great and moving book.
Gamba
I'm quickly approaching the end of this book and already saddened by that fact. This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read. I'm principally a fan of non-fiction and this memoir has really touched me. If you fancy yourself as musical, nostalgic, cosmopolitan, idealist or perhaps, simply human in the least bit, you will undoubtedly find yourself attached to this book. Maybe I relate to it more than others will but the wanderlust, the music, the cast of shadowy figures, the distance (figurative and literal) between self and family all tug at my heart with a true, visceral immediacy. I found it extremely thought-provoking and wisdom-imparting. With jazz in my ears, misadventure on my mind, and a bittersweetness in my heart, I will be reading this one again and again.
Yainai
This is a favorite for me - a retrospecitve on real life adventures of a man experiencing life with reckless abandon, yet searching for something - meaning, fulfillment, legacy...

Tony Cohan bares his sole, show his flaws, character strengths and character failings. No glossing over the facts, just tells it like it was. Easy to relate to for those with a sense of wanderlust. His failings are our failings. We experience his adventures as if we were there.

A really good read if you like biographies, adventure, character studies...

Cohan's "On Mexican Time" was also a very good book.
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