Book Review: Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: The Memoirs of Carlos Lozano by Clifford Thurlow

Posted January 26, 2019 by lomeraniel in Memoirs, Non-Fiction / 2 Comments

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Book Review: Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: The Memoirs of Carlos Lozano by Clifford ThurlowSex, Surrealism, Dali And Me by Carlos Lozano, Clifford Thurlow
Narrator: Pete Nottage
Published by YellowBay on 08-30-18
Genres: Memoirs, Non-Fiction
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
Buy on Amazon/Audible
Overal Rating: five-stars

Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me was first published in 2000 and was a top-10 best-seller a year later.

It tells the biographies of two remarkable men. Salvador Dali, one of the 20th century's greatest painters, and his long-term muse - the Colombian dancer Carlos Lozano.

Dali was famously a voyeur, and in this extraordinary audiobook, we are witnesses to the bizarre sexual fantasies he lived out among celebrities, aristocrats, enemies, and the plain crazy.

Carlos Lozano's sexy eyewitness account of life with Dali is described in a colorful, energetic style that touches the sublime and the magnificent. The combination of his story and the breathtaking style of his collaborator, the award-winning writer Clifford Thurlow, combine to create an audiobook that is truly memorable.

"For once, names are named and the veil of hype and mystique that so often surrounded Dali is blown away for all to see. Once we started, we couldn't put it down!" (International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000)

Being an admirer of his art, and also a Spaniard, I was very intrigued about this book. This is Dali seen by the loving eyes of Carlos Lozano, a model, and a dancer, Dali’s friend but also his protegee. Thanks to Lozano and Clifford Thurlow we get some insights about Dali’s life and eccentricities, and how everything seemed to revolve around the artist in a unique and extravagant way.

The book is beautifully written, and despite some powerful images that can’t just be unseen by my mind’s eye, I enjoyed it tremendously. I didn’t aspire to understand Dali by listening to this book, since understanding him would be impossible, like understanding and replicating his art. Someone able to create those paintings had to be a tormented and egocentric soul, which is what Carlos Lozano is showing us here.

It was a very heartfelt biography, and there were some torturous and hard moments that Thurlow expressed like he was Lozano himself, the ever waiting young man for his idol to be near.

Pette Nottage’s narration was the perfect delicious match for such a beautiful text, and not only his interpretation of Lozano was simply sublime. When impersonating Dali, Nottage was just exquisite. The only minor setback is that the few Spanish words in the book were mispronounced, which is a shame, considering that Lozano’s mother tongue was Spanish. Anyway, I guess very few people will notice this.

A very recommendable listen for anyone who appreciates Dali’s art, not to understand him, but to know him a little bit better.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: five-stars

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