Ugh, I happened to see this thread while browsing and know you are looking for a more positive discussion about the merits of this book you are
enjoying, but I have got to tell you how I feel about it.
Frey speaks of truth and then completely steeps the truth in lies until the truth no longer matters. Now you may agree, 'the truth doesn't matter'
only the redemptive nature of the story does...but I will tell you why that doesn't work... for me.
One might argue that the extent a tale of redemption and retribution resonates with the reader is it's only needed measure of merit...and I would
However, the problem I have with this book, is that the author and story are both heaped and steeped in BS to the point it negates the nature of
When one-as is the case with Mr. Frey here-mixes fact and fiction, and takes their own "true story" and feels the need to hype it up grotesquely to
resonate with the readers, it then creates ugly obstacles for me to appreciate the work as a story of redemption.
What he is actually saying is there is no redemption, or none needed, or nothing outstanding about the struggles for the 'little man' the lesser
man, the every day addict that hasn't been in rehab and wanted to bash a rock stars face in, or spent 3 months in jail, or had to live with such
scars as being involved in a train wreck that killed two girls....blah blah blah...his BS is never ending...why can't a story of redemption be about
the true nature of our human spirit to overcome emotional wounds, scars, and substance addiction in life without all the BS fluff?
He is in such a work, to me, then implying that if you are going to have a personal story of overcoming trauma in your life, emotional obstacles, drug
and/or alcohol addiction, then by all means you better have a hell of a story to tell because addiction, isolation, depression, loves lost and regrets
in life aren't enough...anyone can overcome that...how about REAL problems like this guy had and overcame...now that's inspiring, huh? But they
weren't real... and that is less than inspiring.
On the other hand, I have no problems with a work of fiction where our protagonist is an alcoholic and or addict and has all sorts of struggles that
as a reader we can identify with, or sympathize with, or even fictional events that a character goes through that we can't begin to fathom but can
only imagine through their eyes and perspective and are amazed at our character's strength to endure and overcome.
We can then wish we had some of the same attributes of this character, knowing full well it is a fictional character...and wish we'd have the
strength to persevere in our own struggles as we witness our hero or heroine subjected to perhaps much worse.
I cannot begin to think I'd want to have any attributes of this man's character...or lack of.
When a man sells a work of fiction, hyping up his own life story to have more struggles, obstacles, demons and redemptive pawer then he will ever
actually fathom, and then sells it as his true memoirs when it doesn't sell so well as fiction, and prostitutes himself to the public and media as
some kind of inspirational hero when it is all a hoax-I can find nothing inspiring nor redemptive in his character, the events portrayed, or the story
in part or as a whole.
As a wannabe writer myself, I find it an appalling disgrace.
I have considered, and am still considering ,writing a true story or one based on true events in my own life, but if I were to tell my own life
story...first I'd probably downplay some of my truths, tragedies, addictions and struggles to save myself and family some embarrassment and pain,
and because of that-I've not begun writing it until I am ready to either sell it as a work of fiction, or buck up and write honestly and tell the
whole damn truth.
In contrast, this man sold a fictional piece of crap as the truth and that is a disgrace-he is no hero, nor is he as a character seeking and finding
redemption in this book. He is a character in real life, seeking and find a buck and selling himself- and true heroes overcoming obstacles, beating
addictions, and finding redemption- out in the progress.
I have no respect for him or this work.
OK, just had to get that off my chest.
FYI-the train wreck happened-he had no part in it. That would be more of a lie than exaggeration I think, as well as the fact hHe spent 3 HOURS in
lock up- NOT 3 MONTHS IN PRISON!! (BIG HUGE HUGE difference!!) That is a lie, not an exaggeration in my book-the man did not do time, you know what I
am saying? Also, he did NOT go through the dental proceedures without novacaine...the lies are never ending-those are not exagerrations...
Anyway...just MHO...you enjoy the book though and I'll try not to hold it against you.
**edited to tell you that you have 2 links but they are the same story**
[edit on 24-3-2006 by think2much]