A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces Intense unpredictable and instantly engaging this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literar

  • Title: A Million Little Pieces
  • Author: James Frey
  • ISBN: 9780307276902
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice Before considering reading this book, please see the BookBrowse note on the book jacket review page.BookBrowse Note January 9th 2006 An article in the Smoking GunIntense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice Before considering reading this book, please see the BookBrowse note on the book jacket review page.BookBrowse Note January 9th 2006 An article in the Smoking Gun claimed that James Frey author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard fabricated key parts of his books They cited police records, court documents and interviews with law enforcement agents which belie a number of Frey s claims regarding criminal charges against him, jail terms and his fugitive status.In an interview with the Smoking Gun, Frey admitted that he had embellished central details in A Million Little Pieces and backtracked on claims he made in the book.January 26th 2006 Frey s publisher stated that while it initially stood by him, after further questioning of the author, the house has sadly come to the realization that a number of facts have been altered and incidents embellished It will be adding a a publisher s note and author s note to all future editions of A Million Little Pieces.

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    1. I did go into this book after the whole scandel business went down, and I went in not caring if it wasn't quite as factual as some may thinkg. Going in knowing this, I had a fairly open mind thinking of it more as a "based on a true story" kind of memoir (hey if I was writing about rehab I would probably change a few things too). However, even going in with this mind set I was SO irritated that this piece of crap had ever been sold as non-fiction. And no, it wasn't the fact that most of the book [...]

    2. My Book Club chose to read this Book for the month of June.I had owned it for years and never gotten around to reading it.Then I read it.The Book.A Million Little Pieces.It is the allegedly true but probably not story of a Man who smokes a lot of crack and huffs gas and drinks and drinks and drinks until he is so sick he blacks out and he worries his friends and his family until he is sent to a Clinic. He has no front teeth and his cheek has a gash. He is hurt from smoking crack and huffing gas [...]

    3. I read MLP in the spring of 2004 after it was recommended to me by an internship supervisor-turned-friend when I shared with her a story I wrote about a man addicted to cocaine, inspired by true life events. Her life had also been touched by addiction and when she learned that mine was, she lent me the book. I was pulled in by it, chewed up, and spit out with everything put back together differently. Together, we dissected it at length, comparing battle scars reopened by Frey's raw-edged prose. [...]

    4. So bad, it's eminently quotable. I fondly remember lines like, "I endured, I endured, I fucking endured" and "a bayonet, an eight-foot bayonet, a fucking eight-foot bayonet" both during his traumatic root canal (poor Jimmy), and "Like a child being burned alive, a child being burned alive, a child being fucking burned alive," Frey's way of describing a grown man's screaming at the top of his lungs. See the pattern here? Forgive me if I misquote him by leaving out ellipses. No, I didn't demand a [...]

    5. I really wish I'd gotten my shit together to review this before all of the news about how much of it might be fiction started swirling around. But since I didn't, I feel some responsibility to talk about that, as well as about the book itself. Oh well.The drama, in case you live under a rock, is that the truth of a number of the claims Frey makes in this book, a memoir, is being contested. You can take a look at this article if you'd like more information. My thoughts are that Frey probably did [...]

    6. addicts exaggerate the truth -- who knew??? first off, it's a great read with a unique style. frey makes a sort of rhythm with his sentence structure throughout the entire story, pulling and pushing the reader along at a pace that he (frey) determines, and that is an amazing accomplishment in itself. it is also a wonderful tool for bringing the reader into a world that he/she may have absolutely no idea about. i've been to rehab -- a few, actually, over the course of a year -- and it is very muc [...]

    7. [warning: swear words follow, beware beware]So I read this knowing it was a total work of fiction, but I think I would have gotten it even if I hadn't known. It was just such utter crap -- oh, look at me, I'm so fucked up I can't even look myself in the eyes, in fact I'm more fucked up than EVERYONE else around me at this drug rehab facility, and yet somehow everyone just instinctively loves me -- and look how tough I am, I can undergo dental surgery without anesthesia, because I AM HARD-CORE an [...]

    8. What a (million little) piece(s) of crap! By the time I finished this book I was craving a few stiff drinks, desperately tearing up the house looking for a syringe and spoon. If I had only thrown this one in the Goodwill bin sooner! I have no clue why anyone would think this was worthwhile reading material. I found it to be vapid, self-aggrandizing bullshit from start to finish.I read this book before the whole Oprah controversy/confrontation, so that really had no impact upon my lowly opinion. [...]

    9. بعد از کلی پیشنهاد بالاخره خوندمش. اونقدرها هم که ازش تعریف میکردن جذبم نکرد. البته داستان بدی نیست و پر از نکات خوبه. داستان سریع پیش میره و با اینکه بخش های زیادیش فقط از دیالوگ تشکیل شده، روند خطیش آزاد دهنده و کسل کننده نیست و خسته نمیکنه. جالبیش این بود که داستان در واقع گذش [...]

    10. The first part of this book is well done. Frey does describe what it is like to be an addict well. I'm one & I know. After that, it was pure fiction - very dangerous fiction for an addict.From his description, I believe he went to the same treatment center as I did. They would never allow him to run his own program or pull half the crap he said he did. His best thinking & will power got him to treatment. It isn't logical nor part of any reputable treatment plan, to allow the addict to cu [...]

    11. I read "A Million Little Pieces" before the entire scandal broke out surrounding the truthfulness of the "memoir". Even before obtaining the knowledge that the book was not 100% truthful, I found it to be an overdramatized and unrealistic account of what real life drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are like. In many scenes in the book I felt as though Frey was self aggrandizing and in some parts even glorifying the experience of being a drug addict. He portrayed drug addicts as rough and r [...]

    12. Let me start by saying that the primary reason I decided to read this book now was that I got it for free. Not that I wasn't curious; I've got a definite weakness for angst and drugs and devastation and redemption. I mean, shit like this is ludicrously popular because it like twangs something in us, right? It accesses some kind of emotional core or whatever, some place in us that has struggled too, that wants to see suffering end and the sun shimmer out from behind the clouds and a reward come t [...]

    13. Original Review - 2007 edited slightly (mostly for grammar) in 2011. I got into a discussion about this book yesterday with some fellow friends and thought I should add my two cents here. I must start, as is customary with this one, by saying I read the book after it was picked to be in Oprah's book club, but before the scandal occurred. I enjoyed the book. I attempted to rate it based on the way I felt upon completing it, and without the perspective I now have which is likely affected by the s [...]

    14. I was so captivated by this book. For the first 100 pages or so, the narrator has his front four teeth knocked out and I kept having the sensation of no front teeth either! I kept attempting to run my tounge along my barren gums and was "surprised" to find my teeth there instead. It was a completely strange experience, but I mention it just to illustrate how this book immediately transported me to another time and place. Although there were parts where I felt he was too repetitive (no more vomit [...]

    15. In his much-debated book, Frey offers the reader a significant glimpse into his life as an addict and the time he spent in a treatment centre addressing these demons. Opening in dramatic fashion, the reader is immediately treated to Frey circling the drain as he lands in Chicago and is shipped off to an unnamed facility in Minnesota. His arrival garners much confusion and pushback, as Frey expresses feeling that he did not belong or fit in amongst others who are at various stages of addiction. T [...]

    16. [This review is excerpted from a essay I wrote for my blog in 2005]I started reading A Million Little Pieces in the spring of 2003, shortly before its April release. Our friendly neighborhood Random House rep knew I was a shameless trauma junkie, and when she slid the reviewer's copy across the breakroom table I snapped it up.It was immediately clear to me that this was not a factual book. This is not to say that I thought it was untrue — far from it — but merely that it did not strike me fr [...]

    17. Being a recovering drunk myself, I found Frey's book to be thoroughly annoying. People in addiction tend to be self-absorbed people and this is one of the things we're trying to learn not to be when we stop drinking/using. Frey portrays a character who stops using but doesn't really change. He becomes more annoying and self-absorbed with his cliched eastern religious study and trip to the dentist without pain med's which I found totally unbelievable and unhealthy.The good thing about the book wa [...]

    18. There is a reason that this novel is my favorite novel. I read this at such a young age, and I am quite sure that I can blame it for the fact that I've never done drugs or drank in my 21 years of being alive. This book is so real and so detailed and specific and James' life is so horrible that it's nothing I would ever want for myself. I know there's a lot of controversy about whether this is a fiction or a non fiction book and I say: who cares? Whether he really lived it or exaggerated most of [...]

    19. I'm still not quite sure what to think of this book, even with the revelations that chunks of it were totally made up. To me, that's not its main problem. Frey's entire work is hamstrung by a half-baked stream of consciousness style that is more often annoying than compelling. Sure, I can appreciate the style when he's talking about how messed up in the head he is, but the inexplicable punctuation (he seems to capitalize words randomly) and the total avoidance of quotation marks doesn't make it [...]

    20. I deliberately read this memoir of non-fiction fiction to explore the relationship between truth, Truth, and story. But I didn't learn all that much about my relationship with those things as much as I did find out about other people's entaglements with those issues. For example, I took this book with me to update my voter registration. Granted, it is a small city, so it was just me in the small office with the registrar, but I don't think being alone was the only reason she looked at what I was [...]

    21. In 2003, James Frey released A Million Little Pieces, a memoir detailing his 10 year battle with drug and alcohol abuse. Praised by critics and championed by Oprah Winfrey, it seemed like Frey had achieved literary success. However, fast forward 2 years and website, "The Smoking Gun", investigated the legitimacy of some of the claims made in Frey's memoir. It turns out that Frey had embellished a few of the major events within his autobiography; mostly to do with jail time and his main love inte [...]

    22. You may be thinking you'd like to read this book to see what all the fuss is about. Don't. First of all, even putting the "scandal" aside (and I'm sorry, but if you read this book and didn't know that 90 percent of it or more was absolute bullshit, you really need to do some work on your critical thinking skills), the writing style is embarrassing -- an overwrought, pseudo-macho mess. Second, if you buy this book, you're just inflating Frey's bank account, which is tantamount to rewarding this a [...]

    23. A Million Little Pieces When someone is broken beyond repair, it's one of the first things that surfaces into my consciousness. Pulverizing one's self into molecular form. This book gives me a mental image of what I stated. A Million Little Pieces Bit by bit to the point that you are not longer existing. Perhaps that's the goal. Self-destruction. To be non-existent. To die. To be no more. Good-bye.Nowadays, that being broken is being turned to literature. As to what a guy said to the another bro [...]

    24. I recently finished the roller-coaster ride that is James Frey's (mostly) autobiographical novel A Million Little Pieces. Surely many of you have seen the controversy over this book which has left Oprah "very disappointed" in author James Frey. She feels taken advantage of by the fact that he seems to have fictionalized several incidents in the book. It is unfortunate that Frey lied (his book would have been just as good with strictly the truth), and I am not condoning lying (am I?), but let's h [...]

    25. I got to read this book just a couple of months before the Oprah controversy broke. I remember speaking about it to the Social Work Practice class I taught at the time and noted that I wasn't at all convinced that it was "true." But I did think it had some interesting material in it if you could look past the quite serious horseshit*: the oral surgery, the romantic embraces, the endless vomiting, and ultimately, the heroic vindication.I certainly enjoyed watching Frey squirm as he tried to parse [...]

    26. The only reason that I finished this book was that I brought it with me from London and I was going around small coastal towns in the Dominican Republic offering no alternative reading material. But what a waste of 500+ pages of reading time! I cannot think of anything that Frey wants to say in this book other than: Look at how fucked-up I am. I'm not asking for your sympathy or understanding - and fuck you if you even think of pitying me. Nor am I writing to help others with similar addiction p [...]

    27. "Though I have been their child for 23 years, we have never been a family. We are now. As we hold each other." Bu kitapta beni çeken ilk şey yazarın kendi hayatını yazması ve öyle mutlu, aşk dolu bir roman olmamasıydı. İkincisi ise daha önce alkolik ve uyuşturucu bağımlısı birinin bu denli ayrıntılı bir şekilde neler hissettiğini ve neler yaşadığını daha önce hiç okumamış olmamdı.James Frey’i hepimiz Endgame serisinin yazarı olarak biliyoruz peki ama bundan ön [...]

    28. I stopped reading about half way. There was so much about this book that I didn’t like.I didn't like the way it was written.The inconsistent use of capitalized nouns.The lack of quotation marks. One word sentences often written as a list.It's repetitive:Over and over, descriptions of his meals in the dining room.Over and over, descriptions of him throwing up.Over and over, descriptions of him showering.Over and over, that he’s an Alcoholic, Addict, Criminal.Over and over, how f*d up he is.It [...]

    29. "אני לבד. לבד כאן ולבד בעולם. לבד בלב ולבד במוח. לבד בכל מקום, כל הזמן, מאז שאני זוכר. לבד עם המשפחה, לבד עם החברים, לבד בחדר מלא אנשים. לבד כשאני מתעורר, לבד במהלך כל יום ויום, לבד כשאני מגיע לבסוף אל החשכה. אני לבד בזוועה שלי. לבד בזוועה שלי. אני לא רוצה להיות לבד. מעולם לא רציתי להי [...]

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