7,538 book reviews and counting...

Make It Scream, Make It Burn Reviews

Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

Make It Scream, Make It Burn

Leslie Jamison

3.50 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781783781553

Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a book about why and how we tell stories

2 stars out of 5
Frances Wilson
30 Nov 2019

"these essays can only be defined by what they lack"

Like all those things that are meant to improve our health, these essays can only be defined by what they lack: they are humour-free, low on ideas and with no added flavour. They show us what thinking looks like once the traction has been removed. Whether Jamison’s pieties will be popular in the UK is yet to be seen.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Lucy Scholes
28 Oct 2019

"This railing, roaring Jamison is the one I came to hear"

The best work here is a pair of essays on photography, reaffirming Jamison as Susan Sontag’s heir... Herein, questions about the ethics of telling other people’s stories and of making art out of other people’s lives spit and flare like sulphurous flames. “Representing people always involves reducing them, and calling a project ‘done’ involves making an uneasy truce with that reduction,” Jamison laments. “But some part of me rails against that compression. Some part of me wants to keep saying: there’s more, there’s more, there’s more.” This railing, roaring Jamison is the one I came to hear.

4 stars out of 5
Sinéad Gleeson
8 Oct 2019

"Leslie Jamison covers a wide range of subjects but always with empathy and intelligence"

The book’s title recalls the importance of stories not just to be told, but to be heard. Jamison interleaves her own narrative with others, recounting milestone life events while amplifying voices that aren’t loud enough (and in one case, a whale). Perhaps all writing is an innate, primal scream, and Jamison – astutely – knows and embodies this with compassion and vigour.