A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

By Augusten Burroughs

“As a bit boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods the place there has been a useless physique. He buried it and instructed me i have to by no means inform. It used to be the single factor we’d ever performed jointly as father and son, and that i promised to not inform. yet in contrast to such a lot desires, the reminiscence of this one by no means left me. And sometimes…I wasn’t altogether certain approximately something: used to be it only a dream?”

When Augusten Burroughs was once small, his father used to be a shadowy presence in his existence: a kind at the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent determine smoking a cigarette in the dead of night. As Augusten grew older, anything sinister inside his father started to unfurl.  anything darkish and secretive which could no longer be named. 

Betrayal after surprising betrayal ensued, and Augusten’s adolescence was once over. the type of father he sought after didn’t exist for him. This father used to be far-off, aloof, uninterested…

And then the “games” began.

With A Wolf on the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum bounce into untapped emotional terrain: the unconventional pendulum swing among love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying dating among father and son. advised with hot honesty and penetrating perception, it's a tale for somebody who has ever longed for unconditional love from a guardian. even though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf on the Table will finally go away you buoyed with the profound pleasure of easily being alive. It’s a memoir of attractive mental cruelty and the redemptive energy of hope.


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Because I had to show the entourage that I could do whatever any Peruvian river guide could do-- And I thought of poor Toph, this poor boy, three thousand miles away, staying with my sister-- How could I leave him? p. 218: [M]y mother read a horror novel every night. She had read every one in the library. When birthdays and Christmas would come, I would consider buying her a new one, the latest Dean R. Koontz or Stephen King or whatever, but I couldn't. I didn't want to encourage her. I couldn't touch my father's cigarettes, couldn't look at the Pall Mall cartons in the pantry.

That he sometimes has sex without condoms. That he sometimes falls asleep when he is drunk having sex without condoms. That he never gave his parents a proper burial. That he never finished college. g) That he expects to die young. h) That, because his father smoked and drank and died as a result, he is afraid of food, i) That he smiles when he sees young black men holding babies. One word: appealing. And that's just the beginning! Now, the author also wishes to acknowledge the major themes of this book.

P. 218: [M]y mother read a horror novel every night. She had read every one in the library. When birthdays and Christmas would come, I would consider buying her a new one, the latest Dean R. Koontz or Stephen King or whatever, but I couldn't. I didn't want to encourage her. I couldn't touch my father's cigarettes, couldn't look at the Pall Mall cartons in the pantry. I was the sort of child who couldn't even watch commercials for horror movies--the ad for Magic, the movie where the marionette kills people, sent me into a six-month nightmare frenzy.

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