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Friday, January 13, 2006

A Million Little Pieces: James Frey (audio)

Well the current controversy over the book is really more interesting than anything I have to say. I will just mention that I listened to the author read the book, which has to be a much different experience than reading it. I found that he repeats phrases on a regular basis for effect. However, that effect comes across as too simplisitc sometimes. Not a cheery book so only read this book if you have a strong stomach.

The Smoking Gun report began it all
The Man who conned Oprah

Winfrey stands behind 'Pieces' author


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  • I just read some of the Smoking Gun article (it's lo-o-onger than my level of interest) and they are really peeved about this guy!
    The thing I find cringeworthy is when they bring up the quote from his book scorning the rockstar who embellishes his addiction stories.
    What's the mainstream reaction to this? Do Oprah's Book Club members feel betrayed?

    By Anna, at 7:20 PM  

  • This was on my list to look into, just to see why everyone and his brother was reading it on the subway. My eyes have glazed over whenever I've seens a piece on the controversy on the web or on TV. I guess I'll skip this one.

    By evt1618, at 3:19 PM  

  • That is a super-long Smoking Gun article. Sheesh.

    I was torn on the whole subject. I could imagine feeling betrayed in a way, but at the same time if you're an addict and have a legitimate, life-changing response to this work... just because the guy's an ass doesn't make your experience any less authentic.

    My problem is that I bet, like those great Augusten Burroughs books, a lot of the interest and tautness and frission of the book comes from being amazed that this happened to a real person. So you judge it differently than you would a work of fiction.


    Either way, the vast amount of attention paid to this book guarantees him another writing gig.

    By lillygog, at 5:25 PM  

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