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"An incredible memoir: riveting and relentless, shocking, brutal, just savagely good. And yet. Beautiful and brave." (Augusten Burroughs)
"This is a breathtaking book....Land's voice is distinct, melancholic, and original; the book is a wonderful debut." (Susan Orlean)
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By Alisa on 02-17-05
if you're perversely curious about frat culture-
then this is the book for you.
"Why" was the pervading question I asked myself as I listened to this torturous journey through a beer and vomit soaked hell.
The book does a great job of revealing the more scatological side of the hazing ritual. Brad sounds a little overly dramatic at times, and not self effacing enough...but then again, he did write this book, which is basically about how he wanted to be "part of the crowd" so badly that he let a bunch of stupid jocks humiliate him to the point where he has a mental breakdown.
it's a rare glimpse into a world in which introspection is almost non-existent, and I highly reccommend it.
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By S. Horn on 12-05-04
Very real, very brutal, and very worth your while
The voice is the most astonishingly real and true rendering I've encountered in a long time, and the reader brings that voice alive. This is not an easy book to listen to, but the dialog rings so true that it demands that respect be paid to the story being told. The cruelty is horrifying. Its impact on Brad, the main character, is profound. That he can survive it, much less emerge from under its pall, is a triumph--as is this work of modern literature. Pervasive profanity, extreme violence, but this is a memoir, and I don't see how else it could be honestly related.
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