An Analysis Of Burroughs's Running With Scissors

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Running with Scissors is a memoir recounting American author Burroughs’s outrageous adolescent life. As a child, Burroughs was a neat-freak, obsessive about keeping his hair, clothes and surroundings picture-perfect. His parents were constantly having violent fights and when they finally decided to divorce, Burroughs was sent to live with his mother’s psychiatrist, Dr. Finch, whom he was later adopted by. Life there was a total turnaround from what he was used to – the Finches lived in abject squalor with scant consideration for personal hygiene, and the children followed no rules because Dr. Finch believed that anyone older than 13 years should be in charge of their own lives. The psychiatrist and his children were nuttier than the shrink’s
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