Jan 13, 2006

Reading

Aside from my nose being back in the law books to ultimately put down the pet that is my graduate education, I've recently completed both The Time Traveler's Wife and Running with Scissors. Of course, I've also followed The Smoking Gun's bullet shot in the direction of James Frey. A Million Little Pieces was next on my pop reading list and now I'm not so sure I'll jump to it. That said, I don't really care if the man made up his story. Should my own memoirs ever be published, they will contain mostly wildly embellished stories.

As I'm smitten with any love-conquers-all tale, I was delighted with The Time Traveler's Wife. It's an incredibly sweet story that was a total page-turner. My gripes are only with the fact that the author at times uses Henry's time travel ability inconsistently as a literary crutch to further the plot. As good friend Lauren put it:
"My 7th grade teacher taught us that the worse possible plot in the history of mankind was to say at the end you are waking up from a dream. It was forbidden. I felt like that was the entire 1000 pages of The Time Traveler's Wife."
Fair enough. That quote got me thinking about how certain rules and pieces of advice stick with all of us from strange places and people in our personal histories. True, no?

Running With Scissors, the so far not truth-challenged memoir of the strangest childhood imaginable, was hilarious. This kid's mom sent him to live with an insane psychiatrist, so the anecdotes are especially amusing at a time when I'm seeing a therapist. Makes me feel better about the lack of complete chaos in this bag of marbles I carry on my head.

1 comment:

playfulinnc said...

I *adore* Augusten Burroughs (is that how you spell it?)! You have great taste!