Book Review: Room to Dream by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna

Why should you read this book?

I fell in love with David Lynch when I watched Blue Velvet for the first time. His world, filled with strangeness, deformity, eroticism, a peculiar beauty and love for the past, resonated with me, right away. Later, when I was living in London, I bought his book Catching the Big Fish that ended up inspiring me a lot.

As I find myself in the search for my creative and authentic voice, I decided to read «Room to Dream» which was written by Lynch and Kristine McKenna (I listened to it on audiobook and highly recommend it). This book surpassed all my expectations and they were many, believe me. I entered it as I would enter a sacred place. A place that would anchor me, help me, give me confidence and guide me. And that’s what I found in this book: from Lynch’s childhood, to his struggles to become a true artist to his creative process, he gave me room to dream. It was lovely to see how many actors I admire (like Laura Dern) talk about Lynch with such love and respect. David Lynch is a man full of idiosyncrasies and I loved hearing all about them.

One thing I really loved about this book was the structure. Kristine McKenna starts every chapter by giving an impartial account of Lynch’s life and work, resorting to quotes from actors, family members and friends. And, then, Lynch gives his own version of those same events. I highly recommend this book!

I’d like to thank 2020 for sending a review copy. You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

David Lynch – co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films such as 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 ninety 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.

Book details:
Publisher: 2020 (Portuguese edition)
Published on: October 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704

5stars

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