Fifty, So Dark

20. Augusten Burroughs’ follow-up, Wolf at the Table: A prequel to his memoir Running With Scissors, this novel was devastatingly sad. Reading it actually affected me in the literal world – I would read a few chapters, come back to reality, and still carry a strange hostility, because it made me so angry to realize that these things happen, and very few children, victims of the darkest environments, ever make it out like Burroughs has. It’s very dark, and yet carries a certain innocence with it, much like a child experiencing the psychological abuse Burroughs suffered from. It’s haunting, and has none of the dry humor of the first AB novel I read, Running With Scissors.

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  1. I haven't been on this site in ages. I admire your faith in God. Is all that posting you, or is some of it other people? I could not tell. Several years ago I read so many serious books on different religions that I DID enjoy the silly books so much. They made me laugh. Albiet, the Twilight series, which I read all of, was grating on my nerves by the time I finished it. I needed some good laughs as well as some good scares when Susan suggested the Sookie Stackhouse books. I've read them all and at times laughed my head off. Just for laughs, I also read Janet Evanovich books. Mind Candy, but uplifting when one is sad. I read Anne Rice's book about Christ. It was very good. I hear she has a new one out, but haven't gotten it yet. Her turn-around from athiest to avid Catholic was somewhat shocking, but to Christians, I suppose it was wonderful. Her writings are good. Must admit, never read but few of her Vampire books. You speak eloquently of God and Christ. Your belief amazes me. My father was a Deacon in a Baptist church and also my mom was a believer. When I was small, my Granddad would come by train to visit and he and my Dad would sit out on the porch and discuss Biblical topics. At the time, the Dead Sea Scrolls was the big topic. They spoke of very interesting topics. Both were learned. Nor am I as superficial as I may seem. I will connect with you later. BB

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