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Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay by [Burroughs, Augusten]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058U7HXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I purchased this thinking that I would receive a fith essay and that essay would be in fact an essay. However, it is really just one page of Augusten's opinion about a pair of dead swans found in central park. I already own the other work, and I enjoy this author immensely, I just felt a little betrayed in that I paid 1.99 for a one page ramble. New title for this piece: "four stories you already own, plus one page lol"
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By tdreader on November 28, 2011
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These are great stories, but I own the original books. So, as another reviewer stated, I basically paid 2 dollars for one new page. I think it is very misleading to call the swan piece an additional essay, especially when compared to the other works included here. Shame on me for not reading more carefully, but very disappointing.
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I'm a big fan of Augusten's books, however this is not one of his best books. I'm sorry to say this but it feels "rushed". I'm looking forward to his upcoming book and his other ones are defiantly worth reading. This one, you can probably skip unless you want to read everything he writes (like I do).

If this is the first book of his you might read, move this to later and read one of the others first.
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Take Five is a compilation of two stories from each of two books, Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects, plus one new Burroughs story. This low cost assortment is a good introduction to his writings and gives the reader an idea of why more of his books should be purchased. Burroughs' ability to focus on his inner life experience juxtaposed with reflections on the external nets a vivid picture of some humorous and not-so-humorous events. Readers can identify with similar experiences. They can leave the reader thinking "And I thought I had it bad... !" Burroughs acknowledges his own and his protagonist's humanity, adding a pathos to his stories that bring the reader's sympathies to play even as the incredible tale is told. True or contrived, his imagination is delightful; each ending, a flair. Be prepared to laugh aloud in the presence of strangers, if you read in public places.
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I wasted money on this thinking it was new material, but it was a brief thought about swans in Central Park. The rest I already own through his other works. Disappointing.
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I am a huge fan of this mans writing. I can never say a bad word. For some reason it speaks to me. We have almost nothing in common but I feel like I know him. Maybe in some other life. Can't wait for his newest out in 2016.
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I've made it a point to read all of Augusten Buttoughs' books and downloaded this one hoping for something new. While it did include one of my all time favorite essays ~Debby the housekeeper I was hoping for something unseen before or unrecognizable from the context that these stories have been seen in before.... and the plus one seemed more like an afterthought....
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Great book. Not necessarily the stories I would have selected for repeat (except the one at the yacht building job - ha!!!) but still a good taste of Burroughs' work. I have given his books as gifts, and I would opt to give one of the lengthier books to this one only because of the limited story choices.
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