Imagine how bad the reviews would have been if he went to rehab and came out still thinking it was a load of garbage that did not teach him anything? This man is a great writer! This is very sad and poignant, even with Burroughs's joking and quips. The true test transpires when he's released, sent back to New York City armed with a small dose of program and the requirement to attend an outpatient facility for six months.
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But then the story sweeps you along, and the very real sentiments of the book come through, and in the end, like with all good stories, you forget to wonder, and you just read.
Names have been changed, characters combined, and events compressed. He spoke to a very large, adoring crowd in the senate chambers, and then signed books for quite a long time to an equally adoring snaking line of fans.
Or maybe it's real horror. Continuing the memoir trilogy, Augusten Burroughs takes the reader through his struggles with addiction as a young man. If he is making up these people burrooughs their stories, then perhaps he should call this book a fictionalized memoir.
But at least Burroughs wrote about it in an honest, hilarious way. A very fun, open, quick read. Addicts of any kind; People who like to laugh.
So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile. It starts with his agreement—dry out, or get augueten enter rehab; he chooses a gay clinic in Minnesota: A very deep and funny portrait of a recovering addict.
This has long been one of my favorite memoirs and will remain so.
It seems much easier to make friends in bars. He goes to rehab early in the book, where he actually believes the program will "teach" him "how to drink responsibly. Applause is a constant thing in AA. She has been a great help as I realise my need to deal with some of the blurry portions of my past to develop stronger and more solid bonds to the present, as I peer into akgusten the future has in store.
DRY by Augusten Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews
The ensuing drama with Foster, Hayden, Rick, Greer, and the advertising firm - and most especially Pighead's illness - upend Augusten's life. The kind of guy you want so desperately to have programed into your cell phone. Not nearly as funny as Running with Scissors, but it shouldn't because it's him as an adult, realizing the pain and abuse of his childhood, and the excruciating results of his bad choices and bad behavior. Definitely he refrained from being too long-winded about it, avoiding the pitfall of letting his story become boring or monotonous--his cracks about himself, his fellow addicts, down to the closet case that is his boss, openly drew chuckles from me.
Hayden orders the vegetarian samosas.
Unexpected, though, was the striking insight into repressed emotions and the ability of a person to love another despite seemingly insurmountable flaws. Alcohol is rarely mentioned during these pages except when Burroughs feels the need to remind the reader auggusten this is still a story about alcoholism.
The most profound part of the book, for me, was the description of Pighead on his deathbed, burrougha it was so painfully similar to my brother's death. Sometimes people compare gay men to teenage girls and they are correct, I realize.
How can a person slice their wrist with burroufhs I am curious to see how you tie things off in the final volume of this entertaining memoir. This book went from being interesting and hilarious in turns to being exactly what I needed.
There were times our protagonist was readily aware of his shortcomings--from keeping up with the AA meetings to juggling his relationships with Pighead and Foster--and if those weren't uncomfortable enough, the reader is also made cognizant of his glaring denials about how he was living his life, pre- and post-rehab.