Review: Bono humbles himself in a new memoir, with surprising insights
Bono humbles himself in a new memoir, with surprising insights
Singer Bono has never been one to shy away from controversy. He has been accused of being the most divisive celebrity of our time (and the most polarizing), and he has spoken out against American foreign policy and war.
Bono admits to having a long list of enemies in his public life, which he describes in his new memoir “Yahweh’s People: Bono and Me.” But for readers who weren’t familiar with him before, things might get a bit confusing; indeed, Bono’s book provides some new perspectives on his past and life in general.
The Irish native wrote the memoir in collaboration with journalist Michael Cashman, and while the two have had several meetings about the project before arriving at the final product, they did not write it as an ego trip. Instead, they aim at providing readers with an understanding of Bono and the people he surrounds himself with, rather than just highlighting positive elements of his public persona.
“I think Bono wants to tell this story in an honest way,” said Cashman, who describes the book as “a love letter to Bono.”
“We didn’t do it to be a best seller or to sell books,” Bono told USA Today in an interview. “It is what we want to do as storytellers and journalists and for the audience in a broader sense. We were doing it because we wanted to, and because for me.”
When he spoke to his friends and family about the project, he was asked how he would describe this “great leap” he had made in his life.
“There are no words,” Bono replied.
“This is a man with a lot of contradictions,” the singer said. “I am a man who used to be on the road most of the time. I had never been a homebody. I was a free spirit in a way