Friday, May 3, 2013

Going Clear - Book Review

BookGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
Author: Lawrence Wright
Genre: Nonfiction 
Publisher/Publish Date: Knopf / January 1, 2013
Source: SF Public Library
Pages: 430
Rating: 4/5
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I don't have a ton to say about this here, though if we were chatting in person I would have a ton to say. But I recommend this book who is interested in Scientology and modern religion (and I use the term religion really loosely in connection to Scientology). This is such a complicated topic I think people should read it and make up their own minds.

While the book is a work on nonfiction, the Church of Scientology is really secretive, so it can be hard to know what to believe in this book. Scientologists have come out saying that what Wright reports is untrue, and nothing like their experience in the church. So with each side saying the other are liars, it's hard to know where the truth actually lies.

As for the author, I like about 80% of his writing, but at times facts and topics seemed disjoined and out of order, though some of that may be due to the subject matter.

I do recommend reading these really good articles if you want more details on the book before reading it. 

Have you read it? What do you think?

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