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)
I got this book because of the description and the title, both of which sounded great. Once I got into it about 1/4th of the way though, I found myself unable to really immerse myself enjoy it. It just wasn't as dangerous or exotic as the marketing made it sound. While the story may be original, it doesn't compensate for the writing style seeming mechanical and unimaginative. Maybe I gave up too soon (about 1/2 way through) and missed the part where it got really exciting and original and worth reading but I doubt it...
A story is told of the insane lives of everyone around the author. Be warned, the author is just as crazy as any of them but he doesn't seem to recongnize his own insanity. The discriptions of homosexuality is far too graphic. I feel cheated that none of the discriptions of the book did not disclose that.
I picked up on different things listening to this than I did when I read it when it came out. I am looking forward to seeing the movie at our next book club meeting to see how they deliver some of the bizarre characters!
The horrors of this boy's adolescence are only matched by his complete lack of interest in understanding them, and if *he* doesn't care, who should I? The book is fun to listen to in a sort of look-at-that-train-wreck kind of way but Burroughs seems awfully full of himself, and embarassing so in the way he has the other characters tell him (and us) how creative and gifted he is.
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