Saturday, January 10, 2009

Josh Greenfield's "Cutting Through the Knot" is the type of book that gives self-publishing a bad name.

Greenfield's book wouldn't be quite so bad... if it had a plot. Instead, it's a mind numbing 156 page ramble.

The synopsis on the back of the book reads:
"A humorous coming of age story, told in conversational first person voice, recounting a young man's adventures in overcoming mental illness."
Doesn't sound too bad, right? Wrong.

I've read freshman creative writing stories written better than this piece. Pages and pages of misspellings, grammar errors and unformulated paragraphs are not funny. They're distracting.

Greenfield begins the book by giving a summary of the book. He finishes the paragraph with,
"It makes for a good story if I can tell it right."
I'm not convinced. Any book that likens being "manic depressive" and "O.C.D." as having two scoops of ice cream, one vanilla and the other butter pecan, should stay safely buried in a computer's hard drive until it's had several massive revisions.