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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And sure, a violent parent birroughs be terrifying, a father punching a wall nerve-wracking but why not just write that, rather than imply things that apparently didn’t happen?

I am not sure if what Burroughs claims to have happened were all true but why wash your dirty linens in public? You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

And Sellevision stands as Burroughs’s only published novel. Augusten, trapped in a car with his father who is picking up speed and deliberately heading straight for a telephone pole. tablr

It has the effect of making me feel a bit hopeful. I am so glad that I listened to this on audiobook rather than reading it. Probably the result of my mother, of course, the cocktail-swilling fool.


So, I fed them lots of pellets and enjoyed watching them eat those just like how I normally feed dogs when I have only one chance in a day to do so: Sad, pitiful, disturbing but ultimately redemptive. It’s amazing Burroughs survived at all, let alone lived to write something as confronting as this. More By and About This Author. As an attorney I have represented moms and dads in divorce and custody proceedings and more than a few child support actions.

Yet, it is powerfully written and evocative. He didn’t say, “My father died and I forgave him and realized he did the best he could, blah, blah, blah Jun 20, Jason Pettus rated it did not like it. It’s disjointed and takes away from the intense scariness presented elsewhere.

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A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

It’s easy to read and moves quickly. So I have to say I wondered idly whether Burroughs’ mostly sense memories–as shrouded in terror-induced fog as they are–are really enough to sustain a whole book.

Print hardcover and s. While burfoughs a father turn away from his son isn’t easy and Augusten’s brutally honest longing for affection painful, somehow I’m not left horrified, but rather a richer person for having listened to this master storyteller. He could choose to describe anything from the texture of tree bark to a day at school or a bizarre favorite childhood food. Burroughs, if you just happen to ever come across this review — I understand that writers with unique voices are easy to tabble, precisely because they have unique voices, but do you really have to make it so damn tempting as well?

Living in terror of him, Burroughs and his mother walk on eggshells, never knowing when he’s going to snap and There is no laughter in this book. In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art auguaten authoring one’s own life and humor as serious medicine.

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Burroughs is at his best in this memoir when he describes the most dark, sinister events of his early childhood. View all 3 comments. Retrieved from ” https: Yhe book was published one year later.

It goes without saying that I think abuse of children in any form is horrid; that includes anything Burroughs’ father may have done; whether it was making him feel zt or scaring him. Why gable these two have even stuck together?! Burroughs is a homosexual who is very emotional and has good flair on drama. There were, amongst the tsble parenting and bizarre psychotherapy wankroom, anyone? I suppose if I were a character mentioned by him and felt that I had been terribly slighted, It would be far more important to me hence the lawsuitbut what do the best writers do?


A Wolf starts with a melodramatic tone, and then Burroughs jumps into his memories of being a baby. May 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it liked it Shelves: Several years ago, I read Augusten Burroughs’s memoir Running with Scissors later turned into a movie.

And from what’s contained here, it seems that mentioning him at all is something that’s required a lot of time to wold – the man is truly monstrous to his son, who merely wants to be loved. It’s important that Wugusten fill in these intellectual gaps now, precisely because I am trying to be a full-time arts critic these days, because it matters with artistic criticism just how much you know about the subject; and thus it is that I’m constantly having to admit these days to a woeful lack of exposure to this artist or that, as I finally make my way through the first of their projects and talk about them here at ay site.

Again, usually I am happy to extend grace on the details for the sake of telling a good story, but it was hable just too much. All in all it’s a well-written book that’s simply tough to read at times. But man, Augusten’s father frustrated me. Augusten’s unexpected, unshakeable faith in God was interesting and very well-written.