What a wonderful story. I looked forward to hearing Mary's voice tell me the story of her life. Her slight drawl is unmistakable and added to her story. It made me feel like I have a new friend named Mary. Looking forward to another audiobook by her soon!
I wanted to like this book, but found it difficult. I was not moved by what I thought should have been a moving memoir. I am very sympathetic to people's struggles with alcohol, as I am a recovering alcoholic myself. I thought Mary's story, as she told it, lacked feeling, and almost found it slightly contrived at times. I'm not a writer so I can't say exactly what went wrong here, but the fact that I would try is the problem. This reads like someone who has tried to master the art of memoir writing, rather than a real heartfelt and unique account of one's life. The attempts at humor seemed tailored for the Hollywood movie script, rather than part of an authentic story. I did not so much as chuckle. Nor did I connect with this author at all, in fact, I don't think I like her. She reads the story herself- I would think this would add to the story, but her reading and voice detract from it further- there is a sarcastic undertone I don't get. There was not a scrap of warmth in this- none.
Annoyance at times.
I don't understand the rave reviews. This book lacks emotion.
I admit, i couldn't get past chapter 6, but I tried VERY hard. She lost me after 2 and I hung in there as much as I could. Her use of metaphors and descriptive imagery is nice at first, but it becomes the book itself. I felt myself having to work really hard just to follow the ACTUAL story and not go to far down one of her tangents. I'm sure this style is for other people, it just wasn't for me.
I had read both the Liar's Club and Cherry. Then I read the Art of Memoir. Came back to read this book. Very glad I did. Wanted to shake her at times for her decisions, but it all came together.
I kept on shuddering as she described things in metaphors both obvious and without pretension, at the same time so perfect they seemed magical. She illustrates what it's like to surface from skepticism... A wobbly journey filled with every emotion, tampered from too much sweetness or platitudes with her extraordinary anger which is amusing and keeps things sharp. When earnest affection arose, it was surprising and and so true it made my knees weak.
A transformative yet earthy and accessible memoir of heartfelt and honest expression. Not only enjoyable but penetrating. An excellent book.
Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
A mesmerizing, harrowing, maddening but ultimately satisfying memoir. Beautifully written, I love Mary Karr's writing, and how honest her story, no matter how ugly or unflattering. I would definitely recommend it, especially for anyone who is (or is dealing with a loved one) with substance issues. Her spiritual journey left me in tears. The performance is a little uneven, but I love hearing the voice of the author herself, and the slight glitches in reading made the experience feel more like an authentic bookstore reading, rather than the glossiness of a pro voice actor.
I really wanted to like this book. I tried. But it seems the writer becomes lost in her own metaphors and imagery that the story itself looses any tension or momentum. The tense shifts loose me, which would bother me if I cared after the 3rd chapter. She is great at imagery and witty comparisons. But after a while the story is lost and it just starts feeling like an indulgent need to fill pages. The writer has real skill sure, but her skill alone couldn't carry my attention for 12 hours! I enjoyed The Liars Club but it got in and got out, it was a clean piece of writing. Then "Lit" took some cliche, "I found God in AA," twist that was so predictable I didn't expect it at all, which made me hate it even more. If you really, really love this author or want to fill a page with clever metaphors, well, you might love it.
As a recovering alcoholic I truly enjoyed every minute, every word, everything about this amazing book. I liked it so much I'm ordering a hard copy for my own library.
Thanks Mary Karr and bless you.