A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father. Augusten Burroughs, Author. St. Martin’s $ (p) ISBN A Wolf at the Table is a memoir by Augusten Burroughs that recounts his turbulent childhood relationship with his father. In the summer of , Burroughs . Memoir about the bestselling autobiographer’s father manages flashes of insight but turns into yet another baroque chronicle of Burroughs’s.
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I have seen fathers who were genuine and true, flawed as are we all, but dedicated and loving and providing an example of what to be and too frequently, but humbly, what not to be.
I suppose if I were a character mentioned by him and felt that I had been terribly slighted, It tabpe be far more important to me hence the lawsuitbut what do the best writers augustem God is with Augusten no matter where he goes or what happens, and Augusten – instead of praying for magical cures for his horrible life, only prays for God to do what is best.
This is the second memoir I’ve listened to on audio this year.
A Wolf at the Table
He sounded like a bitter, twisted, nasty old man – the way he supposedly treated animals shows that. Maybe I didn’t need to jump off the cliff to experience that kind of freedom. A harrowing journey told compellingly and with raw honesty. What did you think of this book? It was hard to believe, which made it hard to read. Finally, I liked the threads he wove throughout the book: Augusten Burroughs is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and it has always puzzled me a bit regarding the debate as to whether or not the events in “Running With Scissors,” and now “A Wolf at the Table,” are ultimately word for word truth.
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View all 16 comments. As we later learn in Running with Scissors, Augusten’s mother herself suffers from profound mental illness, and certainly battered wives’ syndrome, and is unable to explain anything to Augusten, though she does go to lengths to protect him from his father’s violence. I’m a little worried that if I re-read your other books, they’ll only irritate the shit out of me. Poignant childhood memories so far.
I am not new on coming-of-age gay boyhood memoirs. The often gorgeous prose, the depth of character development, and the emotional impetus that he conveys puts him in this category in my opinion.
A Wolf at the Table was a much more honest memoir in my mind than Running aolf Scissors. Normally I like Burroughs’ books, but I am truly torn over this one. A story about a little boy trapped in a house with two psychotic parents and no way burrouyhs except through death. Watching his dad chop wood with an axe and seeing him smile in that crazed way.
This is my brother’s newest book, a dark story about our late father. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. And tale is the truest, scariest human evil of all – the kind of evil when a man thinks he’s doing the best thing by killing his family and then himself. Now that I have read it, I understand why.
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
Burroughs’ style is thw little uneven, and I found my attention occasionally wandering – but his prose is much tighter this tagle around, and some of the horror of the family unit will quickly bring your attention back to wplf page. The facts of hhe life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well-educated people who, more likely than not, learned most of what they know about life’s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And all those years were mine, they belonged to nobody but me. I found it disturbing that he had so much abuse and tragedy in his life, but he seemed intent on minimizing it and just trying to get a laugh.
Augusten’s unexpected, unshakeable faith in God was interesting and very well-written. Jun 12, Will N Van rated it really liked it. Compact Disc – 8 pages – The action butroughs this novel takes place when Augusten in younger and mostly precedes the action in his novel Running with Scissors.
Listening to Augusten read is a little like watching a performance art piece. Instead, it was a patchwork of rather isolated incidents with a young Burrough’s furtive imagination fuelling the drama. Reading this book as the memoir it is intended to be, however, it’s just sad.
However, I don’t know how it would be avoidable – after all, he had to fill up the spaces with something and it would have been very difficult to write a non-fiction book that only stays in this dark, Stephen King’s THE SHINING-type vein.
The beginning was hard to get into.
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There are more, but I don’t want to risk spoiling anything. I did not know that fish could be overfed. May 18, John rated it it was amazing.
Or maybe you can just work around what’s missing, build the house of your life over the hole that is there and always will be. They helped to add setting and make his dad seem more HUMAN, like he was once normal and wasn’t anymore.