A Million Little Pieces: Review

19Oct06

“A second is no more than a second. A minute is no more than a minute. A day is no more than a day. They pass. All things and all time will pass. Don’t force or fear, don’t control or lose control. Don’t fight and don’t stop fighting. Embrace and endure. If you embrace then you will endure.”

                                                        —A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces is a ‘semi-fictional’ memoir written by James Frey, a self confessed addict and criminal as he goes through rehabilitation in a Twelve Steps centre. The center believes that an addict can overcome his addiction only if he treats it as a disease and if he believes in a Higher Power or God. Problem is the author is adamant about his disbelief in God.

The story does not take you to that point where the protagonist comes to terms with his faith or lack of it; it is about owning up for one’s actions and taking the blame no matter how hard it is.

This is hands down the grittiest and most cringe inducing book I’ve ever read. I actually skipped through two pages of graphic detail where the author pulls out his toe nail out. This is definetly not a book for the faint of heart. It’s not just the intensity of the book,  the language is pretty down and dirty too.

All that said, this is also one of the best books I’ve read. I rate this over Shantaram as the emotions here are a lot more real and most of the stuff said here does not glorify the writer in any way, it only makes him human.

It’s a sort of coming of age story of a 23 year old addict who comes to grips with what family, friendship and love truly mean. The writing style is something I really loved. It truly captures the intensity of the plight.

All in all 8.5/10. Great great stuff!

PS As for the controversies, you can’t make a great story without exxagerating it now….can you? 🙂

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11 Responses to “A Million Little Pieces: Review”

  1. Glad u liked the book 🙂

    I actually read the book in one go…through one night…i found it extremely unputdownable [if ever der was such a word…is der? :-/]

    *** Spoiler Warning***
    And a confession to make…shed a few tears at the part where Lily dies!! *sniff sniff* [i’m woman, i’m entitled to such things]

  2. @ Ms Imperfect: Hehehe!! Dontcha worry honey *hugs n hold* !!

    I am sure PS here must have shed a few tears as well!! Hey he’s a girl [he admitted it] and he’s also entitled to such things :-P!! [Sorry to take the jab mate, but it was plumb in the middle hehe!!]

  3. @Punns
    Sorry dude but i have to do this.

    @All
    He mentioned to me that he shed a few tears. Not sure whether its the part with Lily but my guess is that that’s the one.

  4. @all um…I did shed a few tears. when james talks with his folks…it was so…um…heartbreaking!

  5. @ PS: Damn, I still got it!! ;-)!! *Doing a small jig* Where’s mah man Sid – Dude, we gotta get to some serious jigging when when I get back, have to get the @$$ dance back up again :-P!!

    @ Daedalus: Hehehe!! Dude, *hi fi*!!

  6. 6 triquetra

    eda bloody fools..next time extreme meeting is held make the venue…delhi..i’ll take u arnd the place..rang de basanti style..and we’ll go to india gate,the taj,simla,kathmundu….and if u insist KASHMIR man…thats EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! man i’m crazy………

  7. @triquetra ur crazy alright! 🙂

  8. Kind of reminds me of the South Park episode in which a towel writes a novel called “A Million Little Fibers”. lol

  9. @Justin Hehehe…that’s one funny show! Loved ‘ The Passion of Mel Gibson’…:-)

  10. 10 jes

    dude..he fibbed!!!
    u think if u photostat(rs.1)…then tear p163 n mail(rs.25….stamps n envelope… n bandaid for the papercut(since its u)) along wit the claim…do u think u’d get a part of the stake in the $2.3 million those guys givin out…???

  11. @jes Well..yes I know he fibbed and I’m OK with it. 🙂

    But that’s an interesting idea still and I’m short on cash too…hmm…


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