So I just finished this book. It was a surprisingly quick read. I was expecting this brilliantly written, witty story. It was a Times Bestseller and got rave reviews, with everyone calling it "hilarious."
I was disappointed. He's not a very strong writer. He talks about how he was never really educated and resented learning the basics of writing. You can tell. He doesn't have any style. He just tells stories, doing nothing unique with the language. The hook is that the stories are so bizarre, you hardly believe them.
And the book isn't hilarious to me...it's incredibly sad. His upbringing was so f*cked up, I had a hard time finding the humor in the stories. There was a horrible truth revealed at the end of the book and I could tell by the way he wrote it, he had a hard time finding the humor in it as well.
Also, whenever I read stories of extremely dysfunctional families that are supposed to be funny...especially if they are Caucasian families...I never find them so. I actually have a difficult time understanding how anyone could consider them funny. I had the same reaction to The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. That was page after page of a family of completely broken people. It was incredibly difficult to read...when I finished it, I felt like it was a huge accomplishment. This book wasn't as difficult to read, but I didn't enjoy as much as the reviews on the back of the book told me to. Now I'm morbidly fascinated to see how they put this on the big screen.