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This is a brillent read and told so well. From the moment Nancy is born to the end this is great & really hard not to finish in 1 sitting. I am a Sex Pistols fan & not only did this paint Nancy in a troubled light but had some intresting gear about Sid also.
This is a wonderful, heartfelt and honest book, beautifully written. You get a different insight into Nancy, she was so much more than a drug addicted punk. If she had received help when she was young, perhaps her short life may have turned out differently. I feel sad for her family, what they went through when Nancy was killed was horrific, the judgement of the police and the comments, when they didn't even know Nancy. I highly recommend this book.
I'm in two minds about this book. Simply because Deborah Spungen clearly states very early on that Frank spanked Nancy. In fact says "it was always our own frustration that dove us to spank Nancy... yet on page 76 says she doesn't know where the reference to physical punishment came from, herself and Frank didn't believe in it? She was also happy to give background information on Nancy when one reporter telephoned much later on in her life but felt they were "intrusive" when several came knocking on the door? Why would you give info on your child's troubled background in the first place unless you were in fact happy to be known as Nancy Spungens mother, her that's dating Sid Vicious? She also says when they found out the other two children were smoking cannabis they did very little about it as all the other kids were doing it too? So what? David was 12! Sorry but I'm not 100 percent buying into the "woe is me" story. It's clear Nancy was very troubled and its a fascinating read but there's a few discrepancies that make me question the authors interpretations of events.
Good grief! I had imagined Nancy Spungen was a contemptible little toe rag from the wrong side of the tracks. Turns out, she came from a loving, hard-working middle class family from Philadelphia who tried for years to get help for their obviously disturbed daughter. The medical profession waffled and failed to be honest with the family about the nature and magnitude of Nancy's illness - and eventually every door the distraught parents knocked on for help was closed. Doctors and a number of educational institutions simply washed their hands of Nancy. The family put up with a jaw-dropping chronology of outrageous behaviour from Nancy and continued to help her long after most would have abandoned all hope. This is a sad tale of a mentally ill girl and a family who tried so hard to save her. And we all know how it ends. Thankfully, a quick Google and Facebook investigation reveal that her long-suffering siblings, Susan and David, have both forged successful lives in spite of growing up in a household often reduced to chaos by Nancy. This is a fascinating account of the tragic family story behind the tabloid headlines of 'Sid and Nancy'.
One of the best books if not the best book I've ever read. I so wanted to learn about what happened to Nancy and what her relationship was really like with Sid. I got that but so much more. This book takes you on a journey that at times is hard to read. Shocking and extreme come to mind. There were times I felt hate and anger for Nancy for the way she treated her family and what she put them all through. The similarities between the authors experience and my own never seem to end with regard to Nancy's behaviour and my own child. I have so much respect for the author and her family. The book delivers punch after punch of shocks and extremes from so many different aspects. This is a book I shall never forget. I could never read it again because its just so intense and close to home. I still dont understand why Nancy was the way she was. No one seemed to be able to help her. I think she wanted to die and may have made sid do it. Who knows for sure. As much as I disliked Nancy for her behaviour in the end she was a tragic figure and I felt sorry for her, but then I feel sorry for her family also. Brilliant book. Rest in peace Nancy you never had any peace in life.
What an amazing book! No parent should ever have to write a book like this, but Deborah Spungen had pulled every heartache and memory from Nancy's life out to be shared. For any other parent in the same situation I'd say it's a must read. This book has completely changed my outlook on Nancy Spungen as being the "monster" that the press made both her and Sid Vicious out to be. They weren't monsters, they were real people with problems, but unfortunately they weren't addressed by the medical profession in the 60's & 70's. If it were today, Nancy would have had all the help she needed instead of being passed around wrong so called professionals, whilst driving her parents and siblings beyond despair. It's brave of Deborah Spungen to publish the letters that were private, the ones Sid wrote before his death. He had a lot of love for Nancy.