Suddenly, at age 12, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules. There was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things went dull, there was always the vintage electroshock-therapy machine under the stairs...
Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it is a truly amazing chronicle of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
©2002 Augusten Burroughs; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Beautifully written with a finely tuned sense of style...this memoir of a nightmarish youth is both compulsively entertaining and tremendously provocative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sharp, riotous humor...deeply affecting...this is a survival story readers won't forget." (Booklist)
"Bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious." (The New York Times)
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!
Though feeling sympathy for the author's childhood, feeling grateful such turmoil gave the world a unique hilarious voice.
I didn't know that this book was so sexually oriented. Way to grafic for a lot of listeners.
Some part seemed a little slow moving.
Nice voice and good inflection.
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