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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A WOLF AT THE TABLE by Augusten Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews

He had also stopped drinking. The facts of my life are augysten questioned by extremely privileged and well-educated people who, more likely than not, learned most of what they know about life’s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film.

Jul 30, Antoine rated it really liked it.

Now that I have zt it, I understand why. I wllf not sure if what Burroughs claims to have happened were all true but why wash your dirty linens in public? Today’s review is much longer than Goodreads’ word-count limitations. The darkness in him begins to tabel slowly, through alcoholism, emotional neglect and manipulation, and this character study gives light to some of the developments in “Running With Scissors.

It’s writers like Augusten Burroughs that makes me want to turn my entire back on Generation X in general, despite me actually being a member of Generation X; it’s books like these that makes me understand why kids currently in their twenties hate me and my friends so much, of why they feel the desire to angrily vomit whenever the subjects of I wouldn’t describe his books as “funny” but there is a certain dark biting humor to them.

His father probably didn’t intend for that little talk to forge Augusten into a ubrroughs person who begins to plan exactly how he would kill his father if he had to.

It’s easy to read and moves quickly.

A Wolf at the Table

I thought those memories really added to the story and the book would have lacked something without them. A Wolf at the Table was a much more honest memoir in my mind than Running with Scissors. In short, a harrowing and haunting memoir about the darkness in people’s hearts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They helped to add setting and make his dad seem more HUMAN, like he was once normal and wasn’t anymore. I believed he might contain a pathology of the mind — an emptiness — a knocking hollow where his soul should have been.


Burroughs is a genius at writing from the perspective of a himself as a little boy, with insight from the analysis of an adult.


This book is for anyone who ever longed for the acceptance of a parent. The description, the imagery. Tegan Quin of the duo Tegan and Sara wrote a song titled “His Love,” which was performed at various book openings and occasionally at the Quin twin’s concerts.

I knew I was lonely and I was scared. It is compelling, utterly moving, and miraculous. He writes well but he has the tendency to overwrite himself and turns his own character into an OA overacting performance. And several times, as Auguwten read, and he described his fear of his father coming to get him, I felt my own heart race, as if I was afraid his father would come get ME because I was reading his son’s book.

Dec 25, Luke rated it really liked it. I don’t usually care about that kind of thing, but somehow it bothered me here. Apr 28, Augustrn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Avoiding self-pity, Burroughs paints his father with unwavering honesty, forcing the reader to confront, as he did, a man who even on his deathbed, refused his son a hint of affection.

In fact, I contend that might be the best Burroughs’ work wugusten date. During those years, Burroughs is brutally honest about the lengths he went to to get his father to notice him and to physically touch or hold him, and the pain he auguzten at small and frequent realizations that his father did not care one bburroughs about him. I mean, come on, if that isn’t a bloody overactive imagination then what is?!

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A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

And from what’s contained here, it seems that mentioning him at all is something that’s required a lot of time to pass – the man is truly monstrous to his son, who merely wants to be loved. While these memories set the tone of his family life and contrast with the lack of yhe he has of his father as a very young child, I didn’t quite believe them.

Augusten Burroughs tells a dark and twisted recollection of his childhood That would’ve been too much. As we later learn in Running with Scissors, Augusten’s mother herself suffers from profound mental illness, and certainly battered wives’ syndrome, and is unable to explain anything to Augusten, though she does go to lengths to protect him from his father’s violence. I heard Augusten Burroughs said, and I paraphrase, that Running with Scissors was a joyous romp compared with this book.

With subtle and limited sound effects, and with four original songs that are in and of themselves moving, he most certainly achieves a new level for this medium. And this is the truest, scariest human evil of all – the kind of evil when a man thinks he’s doing the best thing by killing his family and then himself.

View all 16 comments. I read Scissors with a weird detachment, viewing it instead tqble a fictional memoir, because aubusten was too difficult to read, imagining that what he described actually happened to him. This book is rather poetic. 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. He begins the book when he is less than a year old and talks about that time as if he has actual memories of it.

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