Literature about Dysfunctional Families Book Review by hicaliber

Literature about Dysfunctional Families
This paper compares Lewis Nordan's novel "Music of the Swamp" and Augusten Burroughs' novel "Running with Scissors".
# 93707 | 1,470 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Mar 27, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper explains that, although geographically and culturally the characters in Lewis Nordan's "Music of the Swamp" and Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors" live entirely different lives, their dysfunctional families, their parents' preoccupation with their own dramas and the effects on these children are similar. The author points out that these stories share many common themes including mental illness, childhood loneliness, depression, adaptability in exchange for a sense of belonging, domestic violence, alcoholism, magic and superstition and resilience demonstrated by finding an identity in the midst of madness. The paper concludes that, although the protagonists grew up in extremely dysfunctional families, they matured to find their own way and to become amazing story-tellers.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nordan, Lewis Music of the Swamp Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, NC: 1991.
  • Burroughs, Augusten Running With Scisscors Picador, St. Martin's Press, NY: 2002.

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