Punk Disco Bohemian by Arya F .Jenkins
It took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to say about Punk Disco Bohemian.
Arya F. Jenkins unpacks a lot in this story. Ali is eighteen years old when she hits the road. She is young, but she has some experience as a vagabond as she ran away from home before and lived on the streets.
Ali’s goal is to experience life and life answers her. Not all of the experiences are good and some are just experiences. Jenkins takes us through the political and patriarchal thinking of the time. Thoughts of feminism and sexual freedom are debated in Ali’s head. Jenkins takes as us through the trending literature of the time as Alie continues on her journey of growth.
Punk Disco Bohemian is a glimpse into history. It reads as a snapshot of the period. There are no answers or happy endings. Everything seems to happen through a wall of distance. There are no real feelings of connections, and this is blamed on P-town’s party atmosphere and recreational drug use.
If I was Carole and read this story during the time frame it is lived in, I would have nothing to do with Ali. Nothing feels real. Jenkins writes Bohemian as a social history of the time. There is nothing wrong with this as it gives a fascinating look into P-town, 1973, and the feelings of Ali’s generation.
Warning: rape, drug/alcohol use/addiction, mentions of suicide7
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