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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However, this part of the book lasts only a short while, and then it gets really good. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. He knows how to set the pace, build and maintain suspense, and engage the listener completely – and of ar, it is all true.

The seamed echos make it that much more realistic, that much more like the bureoughs and re-telling of other abused people’s stories that I have heard, more like my own voice, too.

So even if I was unhappy now, it could all change tomorrow. View all 8 comments. Augusten, 9-years-old, fleeing through the woods, his feet bleeding, wondering if his dad is going to catch wolr to him – find him – murder him. Unfortunately his drama queen antics were too burorughs this time around with way too many “could have” “maybe he I really appreciated his views on why living is better than dying even when living in a hell like the one he was faced with.

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Burroughs dredges up the strength to survive, to get out and prove to himself and everyone else that he is not his father. He is that wolf at the table. Damage that I want to be mending but can’t seem to. Some people wrote bad reviews based on the fact that his early memories were “made up” but all stories are embellished, even memoirs. Part of me wanted to tell him to get over it. But that’s exactly the effect it has.


I guess it’s just frustrating as a reader to see this guy putting himself back in the range of fire over and over again. What a bunch of self-centered, whiny turds. I don’t usually care about that kind of thing, but somehow it bothered me here. If you look at it from the perspective of a child, it’s really sad. And sure, a violent parent can be terrifying, a father punching a wall nerve-wracking but why not just write that, rather than imply things that apparently didn’t happen?

This is the second memoir I’ve listened to on audio this year. A similar case happened to me and my daughter when she was years old. I suppose if I were a character mentioned by him and felt qt I had been terribly slighted, It would be far more important to me thd the lawsuitbut what do the best writers do?


Mostly about the caustic and troubled relationship bet Sad, pitiful, disturbing but ultimately redemptive. I do like Burroughs; I like his essays rather than his sustained writing.

Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten’s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents. Compact Disc – 8 pages – The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his bburroughs.

Lists with This Tale. As an attorney I have represented moms and dads in divorce and custody proceedings and more than a few child support actions. Strangely, Augusten does have an older brother, who remains with his father in the times when Augusten and his wolv escape. This is a tough one He has a very unique way of writing that really puts you in the moment with him. The dog was a little nuts; it was likely it was hardly ever fed considering how neurotic and self-obsessed the entire family is.


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View all 18 comments. It is currently in development as a feature film. In the beginning, he tried to use a childlike voice to reflect the age he was writing about, but it just didn’t work for me. Love could have bridged the gap between them but unfortunately as they say life is a big joke and it just did not develop between the two until that part towards the end of the story.

I thought something might be wrong with my father, wrong in the worst possible way. He kept trying so hard to get his father to notice him and show approval, even after he was all grown up and successful. Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book. Never outlining or consciously structuring the book, Burroughs wrote, “as fast as I could type, to keep up. Burroughs is a genius at writing from the perspective of a himself as a little boy, with insight from the analysis of an adult.

A harrowing journey told compellingly and with raw honesty.