Listening to this audiobook (read by the author) is kinda like being holed up against the wall in the women's bathroom and ranted at, for hours, by an undeniably intelligent, funny (and half drunk) Caitlin Moran.
I mean that in the nicest possible way. The experience is a delight - I laughed out loud on numerous occasions - but there is also a vague discomfort. Of wishing like she'd stop talking for long enough to give me a chance to make a hasty exit and rejoin my friends at the bar.
Great fun. Not recommended for public transport. It was clear to me, from the looks I received from fellow commuters, that they could hear her repeatedly shouting 'VAGINA' through my headphones.
I really enjoyed the New Yorker piece on Paul Haggis and his decision to leave Scientology (by the same author) which was the precursor to this book. Going Clear did not disappoint. It is a very well written (and reasoned) account of Scientology and the individuals who have profited from it and those who have suffered terribly at their hands.
While it's easy to ridicule some elements of Scientology, the author carefully avoid this - preferring to point out that pretty much all religions have supernatural themes and don't stand up to scientific rigour. Having said that, it's hard to walk away from this book without harbouring negative feelings towards the individuals that have used Scientology to exploit, harm, harangue and destroy others. This is the book that David Miscavige does not want you to read! Highly recommended.
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