While extremely entertaining, this book will probably leave you feeling like crap. Like reading Bukowski.
This book was just plain strange. They say the truth is stranger than fiction, but this one takes the cake! The movie was even worse...
What magazine was that in?
It was the January '07 issue of Vanity Fair.
- sad story but great reading -didn't see movie BUT the next book DRY was wonderful- couldn't put this book down ! Real life
I'm gonna be honest and say that I trudged through it as long as possible, but I put it down after 200 pages. He's very David Sedaris, but surreal to the point of unbelievability which is what makes Sedaris funny in the first place. It was okay, but I just wasn't interested enough to continue.
Would you recommend this book to others?
I was horrified by what he went through and found myself wondering if he was pulling a "James Frey"...if you know what I mean. As much as I wanted to stop reading, I couldn't put it down. It's amazing that he can even function after an upbringing like his.
This book rocked. It made me laugh, and cry with laughter. Excellent easy read.
very bizzare, makes my life look very boring
How hilarious is this book? And how dissapointing was the movie? I'm really starting to lost faith in Alec Baldwin, he's been bringing me nothing but dissapointment as of late...
im in the process of reading this but i find it really witty (though some may not really enjoy augusten's writing style)
best book i've ever read!
what an incredibly dysfunctional family!! Weird read indeed
This is the best of all the books Burrough's has written about his crazy life. I read with amazement how wacky one family could be and then one day I was in my own son's house (in May) and realized that he STILL had his Christmas tree IN THE HOUSE so I guess all families have some of the wackiness portrayed here
I admire his courage for exposing such an experience, and finding humor in it. It makes me extremely curious about whether the history is true, and how such a person develops as an adult. I think I'll try his other books.
Loved this book. Iw as able to relate to him on so many levels- including his ability see his experiences as a stage production rather than an eternal victimization. He is a fantastic writer and his experiences have been met with humor and disgust- but also with strength and (obviously) a great outlet. Love this guy.
Maybe I'm odd, but I didn't find anything funny about this book. I found the man's experiences terribly sad. I don't think a child constantly exposed to mental instability and never having a sense of real security is funny. The book was brilliantly written and engaging, but not funny.
I don't think that he was really trying to be funny- I believe he was trying to convey the absurdity of his experiences in a way that was less toxic and less self-depreciating than it was when he was experiencing it. I feel like the laugh-out-loud moments in the book were provoked in me more out of disbelief (and from relief that I was not the only one to experience some of he shit he went through). I think he is a fabulously talented writer, with some questionable content- but I think he pulled it off with some serious balls.
Great book. Definitely hilarious in a sad way, but I found it a bit graphic in parts. I'm not a prude, but it was overkill. I really enjoy Burroughs' writing though and have read and enjoyed all of his other books.
I actually read his book, Dry, first and then went back and read this one. It was much more meaningful that way. I think if I had just read it, I would've been more confused. Definitely don't think it should be classified as humorous.
The book was pretty crazy in the first 2/3, then it sort of trailed off into random stories at the end... Interesting though... and a little disturbing.
I just finished reading this book and did not find it humorous but, rather found it to be sad and disturbing.
exactly! don't you wonder what everybody loved so much about it?
There were handfulls of humour thrown around the tragic childhood of the narrator. I found the graphic parts of this novel necessary to understand the severity of what this boy was going though and his troubled mental state at the time these things were happening. I love all the extreme characters in this book! They just show how one human can develop dispite/because of what is going on around them. I think if any person were to sit and right down all their experiences, we'd be surprized how much we have in common with this house of extreme people!
I haven't finished reading this book yet. I am about 3/4 the way through, but I agree with you. It gives me a small sense of comfort in knowing that my life is relatively normal in comparison, despite my constant feeling of my life being in disaray. I think it illustrates how colorful families are and how you don't have to rely on your own blood for your family.
I would like to read some of his other titles; this one I found a bit too exposed.
It was excellent. The open truthfulness of the narrator was refreshing
It was great how the author wrote about his childhood experiences in humor. I read Running With Scissors in audio and the narrator read in a way that touched many of my emotions.
Maybe this book shouldn't technically be counted as humorous, it does have that tragic childhood feel to it, but regardless i can't tell you how many times i actually burst out laughing at the anecdotes and dry commentary in this book.
I thought is was a pretty funny book as well and have enjoyed Burroughs other books as well. He has a great way of conveying some horrible things with a twist.
I thought about trying the doctors way of predicting the future, but I did not know where to start.
Ahhh, this book was amazing.
Tragic and disturbing and depressing and hilarious and amazing.
This was a very intimate glance into this boy's unique experience. I enjoyed the book especially since I grew up in the pioneer valley and could relate to many geographic references in the book.
The book starts out slow at first, but it gets better throughout. I thought this book was weird in a way which the boy describes his experiences with a gay partner and how he lived in a psychiatrist house. I thought it was unique how this author explained his childhood experiences and feelings in this memoir.
I thought it would be funny a bit different but it was so slow. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid.
enjoyed the book. Very screwed up situations in this boys life.
I loved this book it was a page opener! The grotesque details are shocking and hilarious.
Hey mira, I was wondering if this book would be a good read for someone who really dosen't like biography's. Is it funny or factual. Are the grotespue details you talked about really that grose. Help please!!
The book, “Running with Scissors” had come with a high “recommendation”, and I decided to give the author a chance to redeem himself after having endured “A Wolf at the Table”. A quarter of the way through the book I concluded that “Running with Scissors” has no redeeming qualities and is nothing more then trash. Augusten Burroughs chief subject is his own dysfunctional family and he subjects the reader to alarming details of his past.
I read to be enlightened and to broaden my prospective – Mr. Burroughs objective in writing appears to be to shock the reader and provide a steady stream of filth. I enjoy learning how others have risen above their circumstances and developed commendable character traits when faced with adversity. Mr. Burroughs seems to thrive on dragging his readers down to the level of depravity he was subjected to as a child.
I hope Mr. Burroughs will use some of the money from the sell of his books for the therapy he needs to overcome his past.
maybe writing this book was his therapy.
This book is a definite page-turner. there were many instances in AB's life that may make many uncomfortable; and I feel these chronic complainers might just feel a bit better about their lives after learning of this author's past. Some people enjoy a "stead stream of filth" and if you read any page in this book, you can decide whether it is for you or on the contrary.
i think its amazing that he went through so much and can talk about it in such a humorous way....sometimes the only way you can get through tough times is by laughing.
i also appreciated the "steady stream of filth." just because i don't understand or appreciate something doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve any merit.
I am finding this book completely hillarious and profoundly sad all at once...I think it is amazing the author can be so open and find humor in bad situations, brillant this is how he survived it all! I think we can all learn from that leason!
This is one of my favorite books. Augusten is an amazing writer. I could visualize the story as I read which generated emotional responses for each moment of the book. Augusten inspires me because he is not afraid to talk about his unique life experiences.
As I was reading this book, I was thinking should I laugh or put this down in shock. Every single adult in this novel had some kid of mental, emotional, moral dysfunction. How Burroughs did not turn out be some kind of serial killer is a mystery to me.
One of the things I admire and love about Augusten is how he just lays everything out on the table. Most of what he writes about are situations a normal person wouldn't speak of or at the most speak of in a rush and hushed tone.