Book review: ‘Devotion’ by Patti Smith

Why she writes.


Devotion is a short book in three parts:

Part one describes Smith going about her writing process. To someone like me who tends to plan things out and write top-down, her writing technique seems spontaneous, haphazard, and bizarre. But as anyone who has read her previous book, M-Train will know, it’s a technique that clearly works for her.

Part two is the short story that emerged from the writing process described in part one. Fiction isn’t really my cup of tea, but the story seemed OK to me.

Part three describes Smith being invited to stay at the former house of the writer Albert Camus.

As with M-Train a strange, but entertaining book.

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