Give Me Everything You Have

Give Me Everything You Have

On Being Stalked

Book - 2013
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Chronicles the author's harrowing ordeal at the hands of an obsessed former student whose campaign of hate mail, violently anti-Semitic online postings and false public accusations were orchestrated to destroy his professional and personal life, in an account that also shares meditations on mental illness, Middle Eastern politics and the meaning of reputation in the Internet age. A harrowing journey through the dark realms of human nature. A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780374219079
Characteristics: 218 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 06, 2017

I'm having a hard time finishing this book. I'm a true crime fan and it's clear that Lasdun is not a true crime author by his highly embellished language. True crime is usually a little more straightforward whereas the author spends entirely too long getting to the point - all the way getting lost in the poetry of the written word rather than the actual chain of events.

Somewhere in the middle of the book he spends like 30 pages talking about his life while traveling - which is completely unrelated to the plot of being harassed and stalked. I found myself scratching my head a lot trying to piece together his disjointed narrative which seems more like a distraction than a reporting of what it was like being a victim of a crime.

In another section he basically retells another novel and fails to come full circle about how it relates to his personal story of victimhood. Not recommended for fans of true crime. At all.

Jun 24, 2015

The book is interesting in terms of the ways in which electronic media can be used to discredit a person and one's helplessness in the face of this. However, for several reasons, it is difficult to be sympathetic with Lasdun, who seems to be mostly naïve about the world. The story is too long for a book.

jennrose Jul 22, 2013

A rather tedious read. Lasdun never manages to convey how truly awful his experience with this crazed ex student was. Maybe that's because there are so many worse atrocities than the internet stalking and slandering commited by this unhinged young woman, it just never seems all that dire. It is more about how his reputation was smeared online by this mentally ill former student, and to give him credit, he does come across as thoughtful and compassionate even as he is being victimized. However, one gets the feeling that this could have been an interesting magazine article, but to drag it out into a book required a lot of navel gazing filler which makes for a mostly dull read.

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2013

"Novelist and poet James Lasdun was teaching a fiction writing course at a New York college when one of his students impressed him with her writing abilities. He served as a mentor and helped her look for a publisher, but then her interest in him crossed over into sexual advances. Though he tried to distance himself, she escalated to threats, then began posting defamatory statements on the web and sending obnoxious messages in his name. In Give Me Everything You Have, Lasdun recounts the facts, then compassionately considers what happened from several different angles." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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