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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Autobioscenes & Necrographies: Some Personal Experiences of Life and Death is a work of non-fiction in the autobiographical and memoir writing sub-genres, and was penned by author Norman Weeks. As the title may suggest from the new word coinage by its author, we explore scenes of autobiography in sequence rather than a full narrative of every moment of life. Rather than exploring biographies, we also examine the death stories or ‘necrographies’ of people whom the author has known over time. Between these different scenes, contrasts and similarities develop over the human experience, and we recount a very interesting life indeed.
Through more than 60 short narratives that make up the overall tale, we have an intriguing picture of a very well-traveled man who has experienced all types of cultures, people, and ways of being during his lifetime. Author Norman Weeks takes a truly unique angle on the autobiography, editing together a cinematographic chain of words that transport us from one mood to the next. A feature I was particularly impressed by was the characterization of others, to which Weeks adds novelistic flair in order to bring the people to life as he knew them and display their fully rounded personas for us. The presentation of speech and thought is distinct, with a capable and confident storytelling voice which is sure to keep you as captivated as the stories themselves. Overall, I would certainly recommend Autobioscenes & Necrographies: Some Personal Experiences of Life and Death as a high quality and truly unique work of autobiography.