DRY AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS PDF

Told in the first person, Burroughs takes us down a dark and harrowing path recounting his life as a strung-out, well-paid ad executive who is forced to accept treatment for his drinking problem or lose his job. Some people have epiphanies, and others simply have epiphany thrust upon them. Burroughs adroitly weaves back story throughout the forward action: When I was thirteen, my crazy mother gave me away to her lunatic psychiatrist, who adopted me. I then lived a life of squalor, pedophiles, no school, and free pills. When I finally escaped, I presented myself to advertising agencies as a self-educated, slightly eccentric youth filled with passion, bursting with ideas.

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Told in the first person, Burroughs takes us down a dark and harrowing path recounting his life as a strung-out, well-paid ad executive who is forced to accept treatment for his drinking problem or lose his job.

Some people have epiphanies, and others simply have epiphany thrust upon them. Burroughs adroitly weaves back story throughout the forward action: When I was thirteen, my crazy mother gave me away to her lunatic psychiatrist, who adopted me. I then lived a life of squalor, pedophiles, no school, and free pills. When I finally escaped, I presented myself to advertising agencies as a self-educated, slightly eccentric youth filled with passion, bursting with ideas. Using the image of a sweating martini as his "picture of calm," and bouncing through the program like a rag doll on lithium, Burroughs begins to take part in what turns out to be a very real epiphany for him.

He admits his helplessness over alcohol, accepts the bizarre rituals and daily regimes of the clinic, makes some friends with some unlikely characters, and in the end, takes one step toward the rest of his hopefully sober life. Names have been changed, characters combined, and events compressed. Certain episodes are imaginative re-creation, and those episodes are not intended to portray actual events. Augusten Burroughs Criticized by some for this fictional slant and applauded by others, "Dry" sparks a debate that asks us to take a hard look at what genre the memoir really falls into.

Truman Capote created the creative non-fiction genre with his horrific yet journalistic story about the murder of the Clutter family in his book "In Cold Blood. The woman who stands up in support group and says that even though she found a lump in her breast in the shower one morning and is living on borrowed time, she would "rather have this one day sober than a whole lot of days drunk," is made up.

This immediately makes the reader wonder, what else is made up? What is true? But then the story sweeps you along, and the very real sentiments of the book come through, and in the end, like with all good stories, you forget to wonder, and you just read.

Pablo Picasso once said, "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth," but step five in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook states: "We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Perhaps in both. Reality is messy, unpredictable, often without pattern. It takes many real events, and some not so real, and creates a vivid picture we can all see. Respond to this story.

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Robison, former head of the philosophy department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was raised in various towns in Massachusetts , including Shutesbury , Amherst , and Northampton. Rodolph Harvey Turcotte, whose ever-changing collection of children, adopted children and patients lived in a large ramshackle property in Northampton. A few months after Robison moved in, Turcotte allowed him to drop out of sixth grade.

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