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Running with Scissors: A Memoir Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Burrough's mother was a struggling poet who wanted to be like Anne Sexton, and, lacking any talent, she instead suffered Sexton's psychotic episodes. The father, unable to deal with his wife's instability, drank himself out of the relationship. Eventually, Burroughs is abandoned by his family and adopted by his mother's psychiatrist, a certifiable lunatic who dispenses drugs and sex far more diligently than sound advice and who believes discipline is an evil to be avoided at all costs. To complicate an already disastrous situation, other members of this adopted family include several deeply disturbed individuals, including a pedophile who finds a ready victim in the 14-year-old Burroughs.
I read this book two months ago, and, while I found it simultaneously appalling and enjoyable, I didn't know what to make of it. Since then, I've read several press reports that address some of the rumors generated by this book's publication. No, none of the people described in this book have sued (or threatened to sue) the author for libel. True, no child with the name "Augusten Burroughs" ever lived anywhere near Northampton--because Burroughs legally changed his name when he was 18. In sum, I've read nothing to indicate that Burroughs is making it all up.Read more ›
Mom is totally dependent on her psychiatrist, spending endless hours with him. He is portrayed as a Santa Claus-type person...
a right jolly old elf. When Augusten is left to stay with psychiatrist and family, we are plunged into a household that goes WAY beyond bizarre! You really have to read it to believe it. I honestly looked at his picture on the back cover at least
20 times while reading the book wondering how this guy could look so normal after what he had been through!
This is one mind-blowing read. I was so intrigued by his story that I went on NPR's web-site to listen to his interviews.
Gosh, he sounds so grounded...and yet how could it be?
Examples of what I mean: Did anyone feel as though they knew Natalie? We don't even get a clear description of her until the last few chapters, yet she's a main character. Same with Hope, who starts out as the capable and sweet receptionist of the dr. and is later shown as religious and weird- during the cat scene, I actually had to flip to the front of the book and verify that this was the same Finch daughter, because she was acting so different from the original image of her we had been given. Ditto for the dr. and the revelations at the end of the book about him (I won't give it away)- and for Augusten himself. These characters slowly begin to show their colors in the first few chapters, then suddenly they do a bunch of weird stuff and act in ways we don't expect, and then the book is abruptly over, with a dissatisfying epilogue about where these people ended up. We never get to know them on more than a surface level.
This could have been a classic memoir- Burroughs certainly had the material for one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad to say that this wonderful writer has created a work of fiction. He is one of the many current "creative memoir" writers who thinks he can write whatever he wants and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mediaman
I can't recommend this book due to some of the graphically descriptive sex passages. They are not meant to titillate, merely to illustrate the chaos of the author's upbringing, if... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Teri W. Beck
There is a lot of light in this book and hope as Augusten finds his own place in the world but there is an awful lot of darkness as well. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pamela Scott
He has a sad and interesting story. It really felt like the chronological story of his life. I am curious about his other books.Published 12 days ago by whitneyc
Awful story-never got past the 1st 20 pages- Nothing like his brothers book,'look me in the eye'-I regret I did not "try a sample"Published 13 days ago by Vanda G Nohinek
Memoir, even a few of the greatest examples in the genre, can sometimes fall short of engrossing, may crawl along as the author drags readers through events that fail to... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ash