A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escapedIs there a term for a bad choice, one you continue to make, remaining on a path even as you understand your choice is not good for you? How do you abandon that life, and attempt to live a new one, making sense of the time you had given away so willingly? Flunk. Start. is a candid, revealing memoir of what drew author, actress, and musician Sands Hall to Scientology, how she left the Church after nearly a decade, and how she has finally come to terms with those years that she had previously thought of as lost. Hall is a captivating guide, describing her slow absorption into the Church, but Flunk. Start. is more than a recounting of her time in Scientologyits also about growing up in an eccentric literary family, and the tale of her brilliant, tragic older brother, the playwright Oakley Hall III. Its a story of navigating relationshipsspiritual and familialand how her desire to know has shaped Hall's life. In Flunk.Start., Hall is able to resolve rather than expose; to explore rather than condemn. She does so in a gorgeous narrative with a visceral affection for the comforting, beguiling power of words....
|Title||:||Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology|
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|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology Reviews
Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever.
Sands' memior manages to find the good and bad in both. While Scientologists may blacklist or cut ties with her because she does critique, she makes Scientology seem slightly more reasonable. I understand why people get into it because it teaches life skills ...more
This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her parents really connect in the way she seems to think they should, so the book is longer than it should be. And her insights to Scientology are pretty surface level. Just read Going Clear by Lawrence Wright instead.
Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and craving stability. Rules and stability are the hallmark of Scientology, so it isn’t difficult to imagine her being pulled into the organization. Scientology gave Sands certainty in an uncertain world, until of cours ...more