Friday, August 3, 2007

Augusten Burroughs/Running with Scissors


As a novel, the book is rather bland. The writing leaves much to be desired, and none of the characters are very developed. However, this is actually a memoir (hopefully not of the James Frey variety). Burroughs' life is a train wreck, of course - otherwise, it would make a boring memoir - and this is definitely worth reading as a memoir.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I read this after I read his second memoir, Dry -- wow, maybe four years ago? I thought it was an amazing story at the time (although I'm all but out of patience nowadays for memoirs about f#$ked up childhoods). Burroughs is really an entertaining writer, but I fear the wellspring for inspiration may be drying up. I thought the film adaptation for this was surprisingly good.