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By Eleni Sikelianos | Comments: ( 193 ) | Date: ( Sep 19, 2019 )

With a seamless weave of letters, reminiscences, poems and journal entries, Sikelianos creates a loving portrait and an unblinking indictment of her father Jon, a multitalented, eccentric visionary, emerges as a brilliant, charming, irresponsible, frustrating, and ultimately tragic hero.This is a saga of the rise and fall of family lines a tale marked by bohemia, Greek poWith a seamless weave of letters, reminiscences, poems and journal entries, Sikelianos creates a loving portrait and an unblinking indictment of her father Jon, a multitalented, eccentric visionary, emerges as a brilliant, charming, irresponsible, frustrating, and ultimately tragic hero.This is a saga of the rise and fall of family lines a tale marked by bohemia, Greek poets, intellectuals, drugs and homelessness It is the story of eccentrics and survivors, the strength of personal vision and the nature of addiction, and what it does to families An exquisitely rendered exploration of the harrowing and motivating forces of family, history, and individual choices.Eleni Sikelianos previous books include Earliest Worlds and the National Poetry Series winner The Monster Lives of Boys Girls She lives in Boulder, CO.


  • Title: The Book of Jon
  • Author: Eleni Sikelianos
  • ISBN: 9780872864368
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead, as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon Sikelianos directs the creative writing program at the University of Denver.



Comments The Book of Jon

  • Sylvia

    This is not a novel. This is not a poem. This is a book and all of the above. This was my first encounter with Sikelianos prose and have discovered in this author a poignant voice, a blood and flesh voice. This is a memoir and everything fits in a memoir. This is a book about loss and love and again about loss.


  • Paul

    I'm biased because she was my professor, but this teeny collection of stuff is incredible. I must say that it felt like it took a while to get going, but then it became the most moving and intensive memoir I have ever held in my hands. A portrait has never been drawn so ambiguously and perfectly ever. Or at least in the things I have read.


  • Natalie Villacorta

    I chose to read this book because I was curious about Sikelianos’ prose—if it is just as scatterbrained, leaping from thought to thought, posing unanswerable questions, as her poetry. The book provides quick snapshots of her father’s (Jon) life, going back and forth through time, and constantly mixes genres and formats—poems, anecdotes, memories, and enumerations. This disparate method of story telling is fitting for a memoir about a person who lived such a scattered life. I like that th [...]


  • Peter

    The Book of Jon is vast in its smallness. Writing a memoir about the death of one’s father – or the death of any loved one for that matter – that doesn’t turn saccharine or personal to the point of alienating the reader is a feat that few achieve. Sikelianos pulls it off by using a collage of stories, poems, photos, dreams, journal entries, and remembrances from other family members. Although the book is a mere 116 pages, this pastiche creates an effect similar to attending a rollicking [...]


  • Bridget

    Sikelianos uses poetic form and rich images to portray her torrid relationship with a brilliant yet broken father in such a light and quick way that the reader is pulled in and moved, while never being beaten about the head with emotion. Sikelianos weaves a beautiful tale about fathers and daughters and the pain and beauty that often accompanies those relationships. This is the best memoir-esque piece I have read. There were times when I was wondering whether Sikelianos was telling her story or [...]


  • Christine

    Just heard a reading from this and a forthcoming book--can't wait to read it. I've been reading Book of Jon and I love it. Structurally and conceptually creative, relevant and unsentimental. I think she said she considers it a novel, but fiction writers and poets don't agree, but I can see the argument for itltiple threads of one story from beginning to end. I loved it.


  • Reese

    "Now the snow has melted; light splaying across sage brush, an impossible green, light leaving Mt. Bianco in darkness but draping itself over spike-needled leaves and woody stems and soft brown dirt - as if light loved the ground more than the heights."


  • Janna Maron

    A unique take on the memoir. Definitely an eye-opening read for a writer, and a fantastic look at exploring form and a different approach to telling personal stories. Aside from the book being flat out fantastic, I had the privilege of hearing the author at a reading on the campus of CSUS.


  • Renee

    A hybrid memoir at it's best.


  • Timothy

    decent


  • Anna

    Perhaps my favorite book of Poetry. It also falls into the category of Memoir, I think. The point is, it's big enough for Everything.


  • Tim Atkins

    Eleni Sikelianos is a _______________.For that, I am very _________.


  • Derek

    A slight but wonderfully evocative book of poetry/memoir/essay/pictures/lists, Eleni Sikelianos' The Book of Jon is a striking portrait of Sikelianos' deceased father, a man who struggled with addiction and depression throughout most of his life. What's most successful in The Book of Jon is its ability to take what is an extremely harrowing and personal project (her father died alone in a seedy motel room in Albuquerque with no home and no money, just a pocketful of cigarette matches and trash) [...]


  • Laurel L. Perez

    This book is less a traditional memoir, and more a piecing together of daily lore and history to try and define a lost father. This is not a play by play of what happened to Jon, more so a grasping at the edges of the stories of him that those who knew him best can recall. This is a book that plays with genre, that loops in and out of poetry, prose, short essay, new clippings, photos, and research. This is unlike most memoirs, and it doesn't leave you with answers, but it cannot help but change [...]


  • Cherie

    B Beautiful language; about Eleni's addict father, the lack of a father figure in her life, but in poetry. Really nice.


  • Danielle

    Love it! This little book captures the authors relationship with her father, her experience growing up, and paints a picture of her father all in one.


  • Annie

    3.5. Sikelianos holds herself just a bit too far apart from her subject, out of necessity perhaps, but the reader is left feeling a bit disconnected as well.


  • Nadinedebussy

    youtu/lM9BMVFpk80About Poetry and life or reality or…-


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