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Mostly Harmless Fun with some Heartbreaking Moments
on October 9, 2011
I'll probably hold onto this book for a while just because it has a few of those precious, shocking, funny, and disturbing moments which I learned to love in Running with Scissors. For me, it wasn't a "can't put it down" book but it wasn't "a lingering bad taste" book which I found Magical Thinking to be. No strictly gratuitous profanity that I can remember--just an excellent story about the tooth fairy and Jesus which made me empathize with the boy who learned his vocabulary from his parents.
Absolutely loved Wonder Boy--more and more I'm seeing his mom in both a sympathetic light and a humorous light. Her belief in his psychic powers--very funny--and then so poignant when he attempts to get her out of a depressed mood with one of his tricks.
I loved Peep and even in this chapter where he admits to spying on people he reveals his tender side--he wanted better for the woman victimized by the king of the quickies.
I adored the chapter about broken escalators. I wondered if it were just I who, at 64, trudges up broken escalators as though I were climbing mountains. So often young people fly by me. So Burroughs too finds them nearly impossible to scale. How comforting!
I absolutely loved Little Crucifixions and this tale of a visit to an unusual dermatologist made me sob. Burroughs has the talent of making you laugh uproariously one moment and in the next minute you're sobbing uncontrollably. He can cut you to the quick.
Fetch was an interesting, cute, and shocking chapter. I'm so glad he got his puppy, but his way of manipulating his mom was beyond belief.
I'm about to finish Burroughs' brother's book Look me in the Eye. I was halfway through it when Running with Scissors arrived and so was waylaid. I will say that between the two of them they gave their parents some horribly distressing times, but I will say that they had a pair of wild and crazy parents. Quite a family!
Every parent should be aware that some talented children possess the best weapon of all--the pen. The pen is mightier than the sword! Keep writing Burroughs! You're great. Originally I gave this book three stars and then just had to change to four. It had its flat and boring moments, but the great moments were superb. Burroughs is like a husband you've grown to love. Sometimes he bores you, sometimes he exasperates you, and sometimes he shocks you beyond belief, but some of the time he's endearing, amusing, and loveable, and you know that you don't want to give him up. I'm already thinking about ordering my next book by Burroughs--maybe I'll give myself a Christmas present and get his Christmas stories.
Thank you, Burroughs, for moving me to both laughter and tears once again.