Dragged around Christiane s ups and downs I understood her need to feel accepted in school to be part of a group but I could not and still can t understand her fascination with local drug addicts The lure and awe she describes having when she
in the ids at school is understandable to a certain extent with a home life that is less than desirable her father has huge anger issues and is very abusive to his wife and two children I wouldn t want to go home either Christiane F s voice is raw it doesn "T Apologize Or Try "apologize or try make excuses for her turn to her drug addiction she s honest and blunt and she doesn t hide anything from readers which at times is difficult The translation makes it a little hard to get through at times but you can see who she is nonetheless Her battle with heroine addiction is exhausting taking the reader on a roller coaster of ups and downs relapses and getting into the mind of someone who really does need constant help to avoid addiction but can t seem to find it in a place where there is no help for minors makes you feel desperate for her to find some sort of salvationIf you have a friend or family member who has a drug addiction problem this is a good book to read It gives you the ability to see and understand what might be going through their mind while they are going through withdraw relapses and attempting to go to rehab It might even help you open up a honest dialogue and finding a resolution I m glad I read this book it helped open my eyes to another world and I think I m better for it We Children from train station Zoo were children hooked on heroine in West Berlin during the 70s They used to mingle on the Zoo station to sell sex to buy heroine This book is based on a true story of 14 years old Christine F prostitute and a junkie As Money Blues to Blue Money kids my friends and I were dealing this book like a drug It was shocking and spectacular as Christine didn t tell us imitating Mr Mackey from South Park Don t use drugs drugs are bad mmmay but she really poured things like they were brutal real and scary It s not really right thing to say that this book maybe saved some lives or that it made few people addicted to drugs as I don t now that but I can definitely say that I loved it Generations of us loved it It was a window to a different world as in that time I didn t realize that Christine s world is allsees in the
Around Not Maybe As Dark And Cruel Like Hers ButNot maybe as dark and cruel like hers but around yes But that realization came with growing up What I learned from this book How to shoot dope Also that 1 seeing David Bowie live 2 in Berlin in the late 1970 s 3 while high on dope is the ultimate trifecta and would have been my really really awesome dream come true In contrast by the time I saw David Bowie live and than middle aged it was 1 in the Midwestern United States 2 while in college 3 sober So so wrong I read Christiane F when I was 11 or 12 years old I wanted to grow up and be like her I thought it sounded very self destructive very ugly very much a true and dirty therefore genuine therefore romantic sort of existence for someone as unnecessary to the world as I I tried I failed I lived At least 20 punk rock ids I ran around and grew up with as a teenager tried too They succeeded They die. E story of a teenage girl trying to find herself and her place in the world Originally published in Germany in 1979 the book was a runaway bestseller and was made into a popular movie in 1981 also named “Christiane F” with a soundtrack by David Bowie one of Christiane’s favorite musicia. .
I think this is becoming a classic nowadaysIt has an important message that all teenagers should hear and that is DRUGS ARE BAD FOR YOUIt s just written in a style that I don t like and at some parts I found it disgusting but I guess it couldn t been written any other wayAnyways there aren t many things that should be said about this book except that you SHOULD read it The last time I read this book I was probably 15 years old and very much impressed by the protagonists story and not to get me wrong I was shocked by her experiences Meanwhile 15 years older I just had to reread this classic from my youth and was still moved by it In my opinion everyone should read it at least once Harsh compelling brutally honest The true story of a young girl addicted to heroin in the 70 s Love books that grant me a glimpse into a completely different world Read this The most
book I ve read before I was twenty years old My parents me read it whe I was 13 or 14 years old and it made a VERY deep impression on me It is the story of an ordinary girl that ends up "due to circumstances in a group of frie I read this book in the original "to circumstances in a group of frie I read this book in the original 1982 release recommended and lent me by an acuaintance It is falling apart The fragrance of the disintegrating glue had the aroma that book lovers get high on This book is about other harmful highs I had no idea that it was such a thing until I looked it up on goodreads Although the events described here are 40 years old this book is still available in printHaving now read it I understand why It s a rather uniue account of the young German drug addict Christiane How she got into drugs by hanging with the wrong crowd that just happened to be her friends How she went from maruijana to LSD to heroin How she became a child prostitute to fund her habit How she tried to get herself out of the addiction to no avail Christiane s friends are in the same positionIn the middle of the book is a letter found on one Christiane s overdosed junkie friends In it he writes that he illed himself because parphrasing all junkies cause their friends and families harm A junkie destroys not just himself but also other people That being a drug addict is the worst of fates So what drives young people into such a mess Let this be a warning to all those that stand before the choice shall I try just once Idiots just look at meThe treatment programs available at the end of 1970 s were based on adult users The main premise was voluntary admission None of the set up was directed at drug abusers that were still children The despair of Christiane s mother is shown through her own words intermittently through the book This is an eye opening book although it shows aspects of life that one would rather not see Just this morning I read a headline in the paper that the yearly headline in the paper that the yearly rate from illegal drugs in the United States is now higher than the number of people illed in traffic It does not seem that the problem has gotten smaller I had to prepare a presentation on Bydlowska s Drunk Mom in my creative non fiction course and this book titled Station Zoo in English was mentioned by the author I was curious about it since growing up in Berlin I ept hearing it mentioned yet This book is a modern classic finally available in English again in a new translation for a new generation of readers This is a chronicle of Christiane’s life as she and other teenagers from West Berlin experienced it in the late 1970s Her rapid descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is. Never new what it was really aboutWhatever somebody could have told me about it would not have been enough to caution me on the journey I was about to embark uponThe book resonated with me on a very personal note because part of Christiane F s story took place in Gropiusstadt a neighbourhood in the district of Neuk lln in Berlin my old neighbourhood I was born in the hospital just 3 Nicholas Flamels First Codex km from my old apartment house from my bedroom window I could see the roof of one hospital wingWhenever the narrator mentioned a place in Berlin especially in my old neighbourhood Inew exactly where she referring to It gave me an odd sense of nostalgia but also brought back a lot of the same frustration Christane F talks aboutIt reminded me of the endless rules and regulations that made living in Berlin almost unbearable I don t mean rules ids have to follow so that they don t get run over by a car or accidentally put themselves in harm s way I mean rules that were applied to the playground such as the one just downstairs from my apartment The rules were listed as follows no playing between 1pm 4pm a helmet must be worn at all times no running "no yelling no dogs no bikes no roller skates no climbing no swinging on the swings too high It was extremely "yelling no dogs no bikes no roller skates no climbing no swinging on the swings too high It was extremely since we found tons of cigarette butts in the sand along with cat shit young adults were screaming and laughing until well past midnight and ids were sexually assaulted or having their first sodomizing experience in the bushes that bordered the playgroundI understand the narrator s point that it certainly felt like ids were viewed as the problem even though they were the victims and just looking for a place to belongThat was exactly what she was trying to do try and find a place where she felt accepted and belongedThe narrator also went to the same school I went A school that prided themselves of being one of a ind yet it failed to properly educate their students A mentality of competing of being better than everybody else was nurturedIt was no surprise to see some of my classmates showing up for Latin class smelling like booze and Meeting Friends Of Friends That Were So High All They friends of friends that were so high all they do was shout moon Living in Rudow and commuting to work through Gropiusstadt it struck me that I should African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 know the memoir that the neighbourhoods are famous for The book put together from interviews with Christiane F a teenaged heroin addict her mother and authorities working to fight drug use in West Berlin in the 1970s follows Christiane from her early Having never read a book about any type of addiction before I have to say this book was pretty hard to read but in a good way At times Christiane F s story feels like a train wreck I didn t want to watch but I couldn t tear my eyes awayI should start off saying that the fact that this story this girls life is influenced by drugs so early in life is heart wrenching and at several moments very frustrating Despite the time gap it is set in 1970 s Berlin Christiane F is very descriptive of all the things going on around her and influencing her I might never visit Germany but I can most definitely picture Zoo Station her schools and the different housing projects she lived in At times I was drawn in and. Shocking but the boredom the longing for acceptance the thrilling risks and even the musical obsessions that fill out the rest of Christiane’s existence will be familiar to every reader This enduring portrait of Christiane’s struggle is not just her battle with heroin addiction it’s th.impressive book I ve read before I was twenty years old My parents