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BOOK REVIEW: My Friend Leonard, by James Frey


4 Stars (****) James Frey picks up right where he left off from his NYT Bestseller, A Million Little Pieces, and shows us no intentions of slowing down. While MLP focuses on the author's life in a drug and alcohol rehab center, MFL shows us the difficulties of starting anew. Frey's writing style is bold and unpretentious, without a doubt the fillet of the genre. Often compared to Hemingway, he mocks his critics and disses the giants of our decade, all while attracting a huge [middle-aged and female] fan-base.

NOTE: I always saw Lilly as being played (in the upcomging movie) by Helena Bonham Carter, despite their huge [ED: 19-year] difference in age.

NOTE 2: This is what he says about DE and JSF:

The big noise began with a now-famous New York Observer interview, two full months before the book's release, in which the 33-year-old Frey wasted no time sawing off the legs of his rivals. "I don't give a fuck what Jonathan Safran whatever-his-name does or what David Foster Wallace does. I don't give a fuck what any of those people do. I don't hang out with them, I'm not friends with them, I'm not part of the literati." Don't even get him started on Dave Eggers. "A book that I thought was mediocre was being hailed as the best book written by the best writer of my generation. Fuck that. And fuck him and fuck anybody who says that. I don't give a fuck what they think about me. I'm going to try to write the best book of my generation and I'm going to try to be the best writer."
NOTE 3: here is the Oprah interview.

5 Responses to “BOOK REVIEW: My Friend Leonard, by James Frey”

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