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One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers an extraordinary novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass through the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of...more
I loved the first line of the book..before the actual book starts "Nothing in this book should be considered accurate or reliable." Way to go James--you tell them! Then the further I ...more
In the end, however, the controversy doesn’t matter. Frey’s books A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard did what all good books should do: they evoked emotion, touched long forgotten places inside of us and inspired people to live better lives.
So despite the controversy, I was e ...more
Now everyone who knows me knows how I feel about the self-indulgence of memoir. Nevertheless, I always found Oprah's treatment of Mr. Frey distasteful and stupid. Do we really believe authors such as Augusten Burroughs are telling the absolute truth about their lives? No. But they don't get publicly flayed....although in the case of Mr. Burroughs I w ...more
it's not that just'bout everything in the book (the individual pieces and the sum of their parts) is cliche, cliche, cliche... cl ...more
The only thing I knew about James Frey was what almost everybody who is an avid reader knows, that his memoir was, well, a novel. I'm sure there was some truth to that memoir, and if anyone really believes memoirs to be fully factual, just get far away from me. What am I talking about? Most of my inner circle of acquaintances and friends probably have no idea what a memoir even is. I'm not joking.
So with all that said, I was truly reluctant to read this book with all the bad ...more
Update: Yep, this is definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year. I was completely engrossed in this one, I just loved everything about it. It starts out with random stories about people who are in LA, moving to LA - some of them he wraps up so you know they're not going to be recurring characters, and others he just lets the subject drop and goes ...more
This is a Comment not a Review. To review a book fairly, I believe you must read a book in it's entirety – I read only 185 pages and decided not to continue.
I did not like the punctuated sense of this novel: that is, the absence of punctuation, random capitals inserted into sentences and don't get me started on the way sentences ran on into each other. It's probably fair to say I spent far too much time dissecting and trying to follow this weird type of prose – and I use the term 'prose' very lo ...more
Here's the later: Really, I apologize to anyone that I've offended just by having tried to read this work. Yeah, I've read further into this hulkish nightmare. It's a complete disaster. The story's cliche, weak, poorly written. The million little pieces Mr. Frey kicked ...more
With that being said, I do love Frey's writing style- the stream of consciousness, lack of proper punctuation, the continuous flow of words and thoughts meshing together.
The problem is, only about half of the book is like that. The rest is rather odd- the book centers around the settling and "coming to be" of the city ...more
The novel doesn't have Chapter 1, 2, etc. but does have separate sections which follow 4 main plot threads - a gay movie star, a young teen couple who've runaway to start a new life in LA, the daughter of immigrants out to find acceptance in society, and a beach bum. The book is also interspersed with sections devoted to facts abo ...more
Its author, James Frey, shot to infamy in early 2006 when it was revealed that several incidents in his bestselling memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003), about his struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction, were fabricated or exaggerated – for example, that he had once spent 87 days in jail (he actually spent only a f ...more
well, though the book included four stories of different people, i managed to connect between the non-consecutive pages and get each story's point. i really did like how it talked about the different life conditions in Los Angeles. there were some "dirty scenes" as i call them but not many. it dealt with relationships and love stories generally. the thing i didn't like most is the LA fact files that were included in the book. i felt like "we are reading the book for the stories", otherwise we ...more
La caratteristica di questo romanzo è il fatto che non c’è una sol ...more
But then, along comes praise from Justin, “best book of the year.” Really?! I maintain that FREEDOM is the best book of the year, but this was damn good! Why only four stars? Five-star books, for me, are usually more self-consciousness and neurotic—after all, I need to deeply relate to the characters ...more
It's set up like a Robert Altman movie with a bunch of unrelated vignettes. Maybe there are too many different storylines/characters and the fa ...more
Of all the places on the west coast, I've always liked LA the least. I've been out there quite a bit this year and I still don' ...more