As a psychiatrist who has treated two people in my metropolitan area who lived with their psychiatist in the 60's, this is not fiction. It is told with Burroughs' tough, but funny humor. He has found a way to transform his tragic circumstances in a way that others can understand, using the with and humor that must have been part of his survival!
I read a previous review about this book being gross, and thought the reviewer was maybe a little narrow minded. Congratulating myself on being worldly wise, I pressed the download button, but you know what this book really is gross. I am not sure if I was more disturbed by the unhygenic kitchen conditions or the authors 'supposed to be amusing description's' of his 14 year old self being coerced to have anal sex with his much older boyfriend. This could have been a very heroic portrayal of triumph coming from an abusive childhood - but the author tried write humorously about some things that just arent humorous however clever the prose. Before downloading this book I had already listened to Magical Thinking, which was enjoyable. If you like David Sedaris consider downloading Magical Thinking, but personally I would suggest you give Running with Scissors a miss.
Incredible story. Mr Burroughs brings some timely memories to the foreground. The smells of Dippity Do, More cigarettes and a household when trash is only removed once in a while, were alive. The visual recall of gold etchings on mirrors, fireplaces that went throughout his home and auditory sensation of listening to a needle scratching an album or attempting to accurately hear the lyrics to a favorite song were full of life. (My intense listening was to Crocodile Rock)
Hearing the author read his own story, memoir, all the inflections of voice are exactly where they are supposed to be. Looking forward to his next book.
Not sure if I liked it or I didn't. If you find humor in extremely dysfunctional families, this is the book for you! I found it enjoyable at times, and disturbing at times. I guess if a book can evoke many emotions, like this one did for me, I would say it was worth it.
We had to read this book for Composition 101 and it was very interesting. It was sad to see that this is what happened to this man and how he lived. It was very graphic but overall a good book. The movie was horrible.
Elderly, bookish person, omnivorous reader, only bothers to review books she considered worth reading.
Yes, inspired me to return the book to Audible.
I didn't enjoy Catcher in the Rye or The World According to Garp and I didn't enjoy this book either. If you did enjoy the first two, you may love Burroughs's book; it's the same type except raised to maybe the tenth power.
I will carry this story with me for a long time. His childhood abuse was so heart wrenching that it made me cry. It is amazing that he could survive this and be able to write about it with humor and brush it off like "eh, it made me who I am today" Good for him for having that ability; I just want to scoop up the child he should have been and hug him.
Been dealt a different mother.
When the piece of $hi! doctor losses his license.
No, please no.
My heart goes out to you Austen, you deserved so much better.
This is just an unbelievable awkward, entertaining, story--- one crazy thing after another, I could not stop listening.
Just a great listen--- energy in it -- not dull at all---
Its name is about right---
Not for children at all---- but for liberal adults with a twisted sense of humor ---- great!