The first memoir I have read in a while, and certainly not the last!
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺
Do I recommend it : Absolutely yes!
Would I reread it : If I have time!
Composing Temply Sunrise: Overcoming Writer's Block at Burning Man is a memoir written by Hassan El-Tayyab, an award winning singer-songwriter. It documents, like the title says, how he overcame writer's block, Burning Man (THE festival of the year), and things such as the hardships and joys of his life.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
Generally speaking, the book was incredibly interesting and something different for me to read. However, I have a harder time getting into nonfiction and autobiographical books, because I can't look past the fact that the author is talking about themselves. I think I would've preferred if this book was said to be written based on a true story, and not so blatantly called a memoir.
The separation of the chapters did not work with me, because although I liked the length of the chapters as it made the story very fast-paced, I did not like the fact that every chapter seemed as if they weren't supposed to end. If the chapters were all slightly longer, with a more expository ending, I definitely would've enjoyed this book more.
↗ What I liked about the book :
There were so many interesting aspects to this book, and my favorite were the quotes at the beginning of every chapter. Not only would they give some kind of insight, and foreshadow the chapter, but they helped me understand the entire concept of the book itself.
Speaking of quirky additions, I loved the drawings, because as someone very visual, who has no concrete idea of what Burning Man entails of, the imagery helped a lot in my understanding of the book.
What I liked the most, however, is the fact that this book felt so real and authentic. Many memoirs are from people who are billionaires, and are hard to relate to, no matter what hardships they went through. This book breaks adversity, and lets us know that there are more than the 1% of super successful people, but also real, everyday authors, who create great content and go through more "relatable" problems, out there.
Lastly, the fact that the author chose to talk specifically of his experience at Burning Man and how he got over his writer's block at such a huge event made the book ten times more exciting, because I had never known about Burning Man except for seeing it on social medias. This gave me another way of seeing the event, and it felt as if I were inside the festival with all these people.
I absolutely adored this read despite my engagement with it, and am so grateful to have received a physical copy of this book, as I have never received hard copies of review books before. This made the experience even more special, and the book easier to read. I highly recommend picking this memoir up, if you would like to follow the path of an up and coming talented and lively musician!
If you would like to, you can purchase the book here!
Thanks for reading,