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Old 01-10-2006, 02:10 PM   #16
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I'm only about 100 pages into the book but a lot of it has to be made up.

He portrays himself as the most addicted addict one could ever be blacking out on an almost daily basis for years yet he remembers in detail everything that ever happens to him. That doesn't seem possible.

Of course because it's a memoir and I was getting into it I wanted to believe.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:35 PM   #17
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i am about 170 pages into it.
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I think it's a good read, even with these issues.
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I loved both books. Read "Leonard" in one sitting in an afternoon. I thought it was even better than AMLP.
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OK. Just read TSG's report. WOW. Now I'm mad.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:33 PM   #21
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anyone catch him on Larry King tonight?
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he defines his memoir as a selective memory of his life and basically only 18 pages of the 400 or so pages are embellished. since it is a small percentage he does not see anything wrong with it. as a result of this, he will never write another book about himself.
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And while on the subject of books.....has anyone read the Memoirs of a Geisha book? I hear it was written by a male author! How can it be?!!!
Just finished Memoirs of a Geisha, it's really amazingly written and a great story. But it's a novel and not a real memoir, although it's based on research that the author did.
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anyone catch him on Larry King tonight?
I saw it....
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Old 01-12-2006, 06:45 PM   #25
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there was a story in the chicago tribune about this guy....that alot of his stuff was made up..
i guess the town he was living at one time he said he had all these run ins with the police ..but someone researched it and found no records of him at that particular police station..
i didnt read the whole article...
but..some of the stuff was made up and its now..its a scandal man!
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...Thesmokinggun.com...started it all for him.
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yep. but Oprah is standing by her man.
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I'm not even gonna finish the book. After reading the smoking gun thing...meh

It seems like many people could write an extreme story of addcition. The fact that this was real was the hook.
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..and that is the reason why James and the publishers, opted to call it a "Memoir" and put it under a non-fiction label............both of them probably thought (After seeing Larry king last night) that if this was labeled a fictional character, it would not strike as hard as it did in the beginning.
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I'm not even gonna finish the book. After reading the smoking gun thing...meh

It seems like many people could write an extreme story of addcition. The fact that this was real was the hook.
I'm reading the Smoking Gun article now. I agree the thing that would make it really worth reading is that it was all supposed to be true. I wonder if he's told himself it's true for so long that he now actually believes it himself.

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According to a February 2003 New York Observer story by Joe Hagan, Frey originally tried to sell the book as a fictional work, but the Talese imprint "declined to publish it as such." A retooled manuscript, presumably with all the fake stuff excised, was published in April 2003 amid a major publicity campaign.
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