Running with Scissors: A Memoir
40 journalers for this copy...
I'm sending this as part of a book trade to Mcbeth. Enjoy!
Also fear for how 'the other side' will read his gay life, as his first 'boyfriend' is when he is 13 and the man is 31. Apparently both his mother and his psychiatrist find this appropriate. Crazy.
Having said all that, I cannot wait to read "Dry" - his next memoir.
To be read AFTER Passing for Thin.
Edited on 8/3/04 to include brujula, whom I had forgotten in the beginning... sorry!
Edited on 9/22/04 to adjust order.
mom-of-one [unable to reach mom-of-one as of 9/22/04. She is being skipped in favor of the next person in line.]
Raquelsita sends to Canada. Thanks, Raquelsita!
Gill846 sends this book from Canada to Austria,
Austria to France
France sends to the UK
seacloud49 in Germany
niksu in Finland
waiting for more people...
Just finished this last night. Burroughs' life (and his writing) are soooo crazy. A book review quoted on the back of the book says that _Running with Scissors_ provokes many visceral responses (laughter, wincing, retching), and I couldn't have put it better myself. Some parts were so disgusting. I seriously can't believe this really happened to him!
I read another memoir about someone's insane mother, I think it's titled _Daughter of the Queen of Sheba_, which pales in comparison to Burroughs. I love how this memoir doesn't take itself too seriously; the writing isn't grammatically perfect which makes it so much more readable.
I've already started _Dry_, and I think it's imperative to read _Running with Scissors_ first, even though he does include some background information in _Dry_ as well. I definitely view his life more respectfully in terms of where he's come from. And I'm very happy for him that his writing career has become such a success.
Mailed on to saram23 today.
I'm sending it on to rrrcaron next.
sending on to jenndiggy, enjoy
10/6 Just finished this book, and its packed up to be sent to the next person on the list. I'll be heading to the post office tommorrow.
I think I lived next door to this family growing up. Oh wait, I didn't live in MA. :)
Considering some of the stuff I saw in the family next door when I was growing up, none of this shocks me, and I find it believable. (Yes, I know its non-fiction.)
It was a facinating book, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it.
Tracking via usps.com:
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Thanks BlueAmazon for sending this out =)
gill846 has asked to be skipped so this is being sent to allbookedup in Austria this week.
But another bookring also arrived the day before yesterday and then there's the upcoming holidays... So I hope everybody understands that it might take a bit longer to read it and pass it on! I will keep you updated!
I am sorry that it took me a while to get to the book, first it was the holidays and then there was another bookring.
I will finish the book within this week hopefully and send it off next week to the next person in line! I already have their address, so I can send it off immediately after finishing it!
I'm glad that he and Natalie made the best of their situation. I liked the fact that they stuck together.
I think I would also like to read "Dry" to see how everything worked out for him.
I will send the book off today to Brujula.
Thank you BlueAmazon and allbookedup!
Some of the descriptions nauseated me, like Augusten and Neil's first sexual encounter. I wanted to scream "stop! can't you see what you're doing! he's too young!"
Thank you for sharing this book, BlueAmazon!
I'm sending it to KathyS today!
I felt sorry that Augusten never got to experience childhood. He was thrust into a crazy world where he was forced to survive at such an early age and was allowed to abandon his education. What were the adults around him thinking?! Allowing him incredible freedom and permission to experience so many inappropriate things, without having the maturity to fully understand the consequences. It's interesting that, at one point he should say "The problem with not having anybody to tell you what to do, I understood, is that there was nobody to tell you what not to do."
Not a pleasant book to read but, nonetheless, quite funny in places and a real eye opener in others.
UPDATE - 26 April 2005
I was unable to contact flowergirl68, and minx2012 asked to be passed, so the book will now be moving on to safness once I get their details.
UPDATE - 27 April 2005
Flowergirl68 has been in touch! She didn't receive any PMs from me but still wants to be included on the ring. BlueAmazon is to confirm which order to send the book out now :o)
UPDATE - 1 May 2005
It has been decided to send the book to safness first and for them to contact Flowergirl68 for forwarding details once they have finished with it. The book is still with me at the moment because of a tragic bereavement in our village that has knocked the whole community for six and has meant that BCing has been forgotten. I plan to get the book in the post on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On it's way by 2nd class post to safness. Enjoy!
I loved how Burroughs takes you though so many emotions, and such random incidents that you forget all this is real. that makes it difficult to deal with actually, the fact that this guy had such a...unbelievable childhood. makes petty bickering and fighting with my family pale into insignificance! It's a touching book, but uncomfortable too. It's odd how in some places I laughed out loud. It wasn't amusment though, more like disbelief and shock.
Saying that, i can't wait to read "Dry" now, just to see where this all leads....
PS. have PMed flowergirl86, and will send the book out on thursday 19th may...
PPS. sent book out to flowergirl86 today (tuesday 24th)..yes, i completely forgot! hope it reaches you soon flowergirl86, and sorry for the delay!
Sent to seacloud49 this afternoon.
I'll send the book on its way as soon as I have niksu's address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to niksu. Enjoy!
harmaja, Helsinki (requested to be last)
Must add: I have never ever read a BCbook that has so many earlier readers and journals. It is really great to see that a book can actually travel through so many hands. =)
Sending it next to ritao!
Finished the book over the weekend. I found it very hard to put down and the writing was very fluent - I just wanted to read on and on. I quess I liked "Running With Scissors", but wouldn't really like to read it again. And I'm not too anxious about "Dry" either.
Special for Finnish readers: There is Marimekko mentioned in the latter part of the book. It was very odd to see that Finnish word among all the English sentences. :D
Will give the book to ruzena next week.
EDIT 6.10.: IHAN HULLU!
As to the cathegory, this is rather Literature & Fiction instead of Biographies & Memories. An "autobiographic novel" is different from "autobiography".
Anyway, no use to ponder if it is true or fiction - the guy knows how to write. The things that happen are more terrifying in the reader's head than in the writer's childlike text. The naive and innocent way of saying makes it often appear sarcastic, too. His dark humor often made me laugh aloud.
He is insane! More of this stuff!
Posted to tirppis today.
I finished the book yeasterday after a long pause in between. I agree with some earlier comments in that the book would have been better if it was clear if this really was an autobiography or not. I didn't really get the impression that Augusten was crazy but especially in the end he seemed to be strangely unattached to the events he was discribing. I don't know if it was the style or if this was actually true... This was interesting to read but I don't think I'm going to read more of his work.
I'll leave the book to dotdot today or tomorrow. Sorry for the long delay.
I'll pass the book on to RoryG.
Oddly, the most disturbing for me was how the Finch family treated the mother, Agnes. It was as she was there for everyone else's use. The complete lack of empathy towards her that was fueled by Dr. Finch himself made me feel really uneasy. Of course the relationship between Augusten and Neil didn't really make me feel good either...
Well, I'll pass this along when I next time meet CandyDarling.
One scene that made me laugh in shock was when the family dog was licking the genitalia of the 6-year-old boy Poo Bear, and no one in the family intervened in any way. It would be very interesting to know how something like that affects a person's sexuality... Apparently the Finch family had no limits, as Dr. Finch gave his 13-year-old daughter Natalie away to a man in his fourties. That, and Augusten's relationship with Bookman made me think how common these kind of relationships are. I know several people who have lost their virginity at 15 to someone in their thirties, and one of my male friends lost his virginity when he was 13 to a girl who was over 18. With Natalie and Augusten the sexual relationships clearly resulted from the desperate need to be loved, and because they had no parents who were able to do that, they sought love from a sexual partner. Unfortunately with that much age difference, it's hard to have an equal relationship, especially in Natalie's case, where her lover was also her legal guardian.
I just watched the trailer for the movie Running with Scissors from the author's website, and now I'm very much looking forward to seeing the film!
I mailed the book to chrisim today.
26.10. It seems that I don't have enough time for everything fun so I decided not to read this book. Don't want to chain 'Scissors' since I've heard that harmaja has planned to release this book :) So I posted book yesterday to harmaja.
My plan for this book is to read it when I have time and then release it in Northampton. My friend lives in "squalor and filth in Northampton, MA" (well, in nice commune house, really) and I find it funny that I could release this book in the town where the story takes place.
I have a bit of a bad conscience that chrisim sent me the book before she read it herself. I am not planning to travel to Northampton until maybe next August, since my friend is getting married sometime around then. Chrisim would have had time to finish the book before August... I guess I should have been more active and should have let her know there's no hurry! (Would you like me to send the book back to you for some more time, chrisim? :-) I can do that!)
One thing to do would be to take this book to a local meet-up and see if anyone else would like to read it before me. I know Niksu has asked around when organizing the Finland end of this book ray, but there seem to be lots of new people in the meet-ups nowadays, and who knows, maybe someone would be interested.
In any case I'm happy to have received this book. It really has come a long way!
I liked the book. It was well-written and surprisingly light reading despite the heavy content. I never worried about whether or not all this stuff happened for real, because I don't think any text can depict life as it's lived and experienced. I think all biographies are works of fiction, even autobiographies, and autobiographical novels even more so. Any act of remembering is already part imagination, and putting a remembrance into words removes the things being said even further away from "real life" (which is a pretty poorly defined concept as well). And I'm sure that a professional writer telling about their own life will take artistic liberties as well. Why wouldn't they? It might make a great book, such as this one.
That being said, I have no trouble believing all this could have happened to someone. I was grossed out by some scenes, but no detail was so gross or weird that I couldn't believe such things can really happen.
Like RoryG, I was fascinated by the mother Agnes. She was, in a way, one of the weirdest characters. It seemed like almost everyone else could get a kick out of their mad ways every now and then, doing all the fun stuff they felt like doing and never caring about the consequences, but Agnes' madness was always dismal and sad. She was burdened down by the household chores more than anyone else in the doctor's family, and she was the least respected member of the family. I also thought Hope was being raised to be the Agnes of the younger generation, one to look after her father and be responsible for the family after the old Agnes was too tired to go on.
All in all, I enjoyed the dark humour and the witty writing style that reminded me mostly of David Sedaris. On the minus side, I thought the story got a bit incoherent at some point in the middle. There was, for example, the chapter about Augusten's brother that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story, and I didn't understand why it was there.
I still haven't booked my tickets to Northampton, and I am thinking about arranging a short bookring before I go. I'll probably talk to Niksu about it sometime soon.
Thanks, all, for passing on this book! It was great to read all the previous journal entries before I wrote my own. I wish more bookcrossing books travelled this long, it certainly adds to the joy of reading!
Normally I'm all for wild releasing and letting the karma work its way. But then again, I've never read a bookcrossing book with 29 journalers, and now I'm greedy for more. So I've made a deal with chrisim, who kindly sent me the book before she even had a chance to read it herself. I'll send Running with Scissor back to chrisim and she may read it at her leisure. Later on she will arrange another book ring or ray, it's up to her. The organizer of the first Finnish ring, Niksu, said it was OK by her that we create yet another ring.
(I just noticed Annelis has added Running with Scissors to her wish list, so it's possible she will get the book first. I'll let chrisim decide the reading order from now on since she has promised to host the ring / ray.)
So, no wild release yet, but maybe after the next ring is done someone else is more brave (and less greedy for sure-fire journal entries) and will finally release the book in the wild! Who knows!
Running with Scissors is now book #51 in my "2006 Keep Them Moving" challenge, started by Guinaveve. I didn't manage to release the book during 2006, but as I read it in 2006, Guinaveve said to go ahead and include it in the challenge anyway!
The book Ilonen talo (Merry House) by Kreetta Onkeli comes to my mind while reading this. Only in her merry house there was not so many kinds of sexual abuse but the children were likewise not taken care of.
Let's try if Chrisim now has time to read this.
Thanks for letting me read this book!
This is my #19 book for the Keep Them Moving Challenge 2007 arranged by Guinaveve.
Friendship of Augusten and Natalie was the strongest link in this story. For their sake I could continue reading and hoping the best for them. Sometimes the events just were too much for me. As this is a true strory I'm content that Augusten felt like revealing his diaries and that he became an author.
Harmaja has wished that as many people as possible could read this book and she hopes that this book keeps on circulating among bookcrossers for the time being.
I'm taking this book with me to tomorrow's meeting.
8.8.07 I've almost forgotten I promised to organize a bookring or ray for this book! I'll update the participant list upon receiving enrollments.
After thinking a lot about this book and some others describing the same time and similar events I decided that the story could be true. There are just a couple minor details I kept wondering about. Like wasn't there any social workers or something to check up on the kids like Natalie or Augusten whose guardianship was given to someone outside their family? Such a person would have taken all the children away from the Finchs' house in a blink.
Well, I'm going to find out if there's still Finnish BookCrossers who want to read the book and then it goes to katrinat in England and hopefully keeps going on as a ray. The book still looks new, even though it has travelled so much.
Edit 10/ 27/2007 : Finally send the book to Tintti today.
1. chirel, Tampere Finland
2. Tintti, Jyväskylä Finland
3. PussInBooks, UK, Europe only
4. katrinat, UK
5. Mary-T, Germany, int. *she has the book now*
6. Pistaccio, Belgium, int.
7. nynjagrrrl, USA
I have a couple of ring books to read before this but I'll try to be quick.
I recently read another book about mistreated children ("Sikalat" by Susanna Alakoski), and I think I don't want to read anything on the subject for a while. I just feel too bad when reading that kind of (true) stories.
I'll send the book to PussInBooks as soon as I get the address.
And off it goes to katrinat...
I have to say that I didn't enjoy this read, as it was so strange I couldn't beieve that all this could happen. I was reading it in the hairdressers the other day and got to Augusten's first sexual experience, I was so worried someone would read a line or two over my shoulder!
I'm really interested in reading this.
... to be continued
25 Feb 08
This is really a weird book. Even if it was disturbing sometimes - I liked to read it.
Well - as sad as it is - I believe all this can be the truth.
I was really wondering in the beginning why Augusten still kept to Bookman and overall kept to the physical aspects of their relationship even if he didn't like it. Also, I was wondering how he could think about all this as love. Well - but being raised like that, and living surrounded by all this strangeness, I think this might happen.
Anyway, there were also parts when the read made me grin.
And to close, I need to admit that I am really glad that Dr. F lost his approbation at last. Even if this should have happened before.
And for the very last thing now - It's really a horrible combination from my perspective if a weird psycho doctor like this is also a believer in the strangest way... I never heard of bible dibs before - but I'm pretty sure that there are quite more people out there practising this!
So - when starting this book I thought this might be something for nachtengel1188 'cause she likes weird books. Now I am not really sure anymore and I fear she might get swamped by this read....
Anyway - the address of Pistaccio is already here and I will post it straight after nachtengel set it free.
Thanks to Pistaccio for allowing nachtengel a quick look.
And thanks to chrisim for giving me the oppertunity to read.
Thanks Sissie!!! i really enjoyed reading this, and following Augusten as he tries finding his way in life! It is a very crazy book with VERY crazy characters that make reading it all the more fun!!!
Once again Thanks Sissie!!!
CAUGHT IN MANNHEIM BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG GERMANY
Thanks Sissie!!! I really enjoyed reading this, and following Augusten as he tries finding his way in life even if it is not what you would hope for in everyday life! It is a very crazy story with VERY crazy characters, showing a little background on each and every one, that make reading it all the more fun!!!
This might not be something everyone would enjoy because it does show some "explicit" content, but its definetely worth a try!
Once again Thanks Sissie!!!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to nynjagirll (next one on the list), via post mail. I hope you'll enjoy it!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
mail it to j4shaw happy reading