The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Stories

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Stories

by JT LeRoy
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The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CiscoTheKid More than 1 year ago
It is rare that I read a book that is so wild and original and heartbreakingly beautiful that I find myself returning to it again and again. Whenever I am reading something else, I am secretly wishing I was reading “Sarah” or “The Heart if Deceitful Above All Things” again. Laura Albert is a literary genius capable of creating characters so real and human that I find myself worrying about them and missing them and wondering about them long after the conclusion. This is a Dickensonian feat that few writers I can think of are capable of achieving so effortlessly. She brings back the magic of reading that I loved as a child. She can imbue seemingly simple moments with such vivid details and meaning that you don’t even see the next sentence coming until it hits you over the head and leaves you on the floor. She is truly a modern day Salinger. On another note, I have read some reviews here that are bent on focusing on the whole JT Leroy “hoax.” I have 3 things to say to these people. First, literary personas are nothing new. Second, the book clearly states FICTION. Third, JT Leroy is alive! If you can’t understand that, then you don’t understand these books at all and I feel sorry for you. Laura Albert is more than deserving of her fame and deserves to have her work read and praised. I, for one, will sing her praises till the end.
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the horrific detail in this book are fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. it is very emotional and shocking. i couldnt put it down. everyone should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fact is JT's followup to Sarah is a very disparaging read. I gave the book to my therapist, and he gave it back, it's sadness overwhelming. Nevertheless, this book is beautiful, and shows promise. Keep in mind that he is only 24 years old, and probably wants nothing to do with Oprah Winfrey. I thought that these last few years in America bred irony into us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, although heavy in its subject matter, is truly a must read. Leroy finds a way to inject humor into disturbing issues such as child abuse, neglect, and sexual molestation. the author is successful at creating a choatic emotional ride: one minute you're giggling, and the next you're not sure whether to scream in anger or giggle some more. but then again, that's what a good book is all about. take a risk, read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that I do not frequently read for pleasure. But about two years ago I was turned on to this book by a good friend of mine. This book just blew me away. It reaches deep down into your soul and pulls out the most gutwrenching,heartbreaking emotions you could ever feel for another person. The compassion, fear, and hatred you feel for the characters when reading this book are so true and real that you wish that you yourself could do something to help this tourtured child. I would recomend this book to anyone who has experience with a history of child abuse or knows someone who does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Unlike the first reviewer, I seem to find it fascinating rather than overly disturbing. Yes, the subject was a severe, but I certainly did not feel the need to go lay down, or whatever it is that the first person said. I highly reccommend this book, and am looking for more like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The style and pace of these stories is exceptioinal. And for about 50 pages, these technical merits carry the readers' interest. But the stories themselves are just an endless littany of increasingly horrific scenes of abuse with no apparent point other than to shock. The liner notes claim that these stories are autobioraphical. If that's true, Mr. Leroy has my deepest sympathy. But that doesn't change the fact that this collection of stories has very little literary merit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is graphic, disturbing, and frankly sickening. At one point, I had to stop reading and lie curled on my bed to keep from getting sick. That said, it's believable prose, not kitschy or unnecessarily obscene. I'm of the opinion that anything that can elicit strong emotion is of at least some interest, and you'll definitely care for Jeremiah and hate his mother and the other antagonists by the end of this one. Though certainly not for the easily disturbed, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things is a heartwrenching, stomach-turning look into the twisted world of a horribly abused boy surrounded by senseless depravity. LeRoy pulls no punches.