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To Own a Dragon by Donald Miller
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May 25, 07

did not like it
Read in April, 2006

This fourth read from Miller was to be chock full of thoughts and insights on the harsh and hilarious realities of growing up fatherless, as he did when his father "split" when he was quite young. Unfortunately this thin book wades through tales of Miller's years spent in the garage apartment of his friend and mentor, John MacMurray, who's billed as the co-author. (I'd not want my name attached to this book if I was him.)

Long story long, this book was simply a disappointment. The subject matter's of great interest; it's just that Miller really doesn't discuss it, and when he does, it's with all the depth that a high-school junior with solid English-class instruction could muster.

He's really not even that great of a writer. Not once was I compelled to underline a passage or retain a sliver of the contents. I wanted meat; I was handed a bare wishbone. As for any discussion of Miller's literary merits holding up to those of, say, Anne Lamott, I've concluded recently that it's no contest. It's like comparing apples and orangutans. Lamott's writing flows; Miller's a glorified blogger.

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message 1: by arose (new)

arose i think donald miller is an interesting cultural phenomenon. (wow, that was hard to spell.) because--as you said--he seems to aspire to tackle some big-ticket issues, but in the end, examines them only in the mildest, junior-high sort of light. and i think that's a pretty accurate modern mindset. we're not culturally equipped to thoroughly examine much at all. in fact, i haven't really examined miller, and i'm just going to prove my point by ending this comment here.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I think your right Amy. It's Information Age thinking. Just because we pass information all day long, and because we are taught to be culturally critical and aware, doesn't mean we are 'brilliant' which is maybe where Miller falls short in his couple hundred page 'I've got some things figured out' books. Yeah...look at me go ;)

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