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- ASIN : B08KHJSSCN
- Éditeur : Bloomsbury Publishing; 1er édition (18 février 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 488 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 237 pages
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Josie George’s prose is utterly beautiful. Her descriptions are like opened doors, that I suddenly see through to the wonder beyond.
The joy she finds - despite her challenging life - is astonishing and heart-warming.
I know a little of what it’s like to be different. My own health problems through childhood and adulthood have been difficult and life-changing. I’ve found fleeting joy in small things, yet quite honestly it’s been hard, so often and for so long.
I read A Still Life and it was as if small parts of my life were there on the pages, following a different script, but recognisable.
I couldn’t read the book in one sitting. It is too beautiful to skim through, or read without going slowly. I needed time to savour the words and the pictures in my mind. I had to stop, every now and then, to think about what I’d read, to process it as best I could with my poorly educated mind. I needed to prepare myself for the next few hours of reading about being different, living in pain, facing challenge after challenge but always, somewhere, surfacing when it seemed to be most needed, the joy in ordinary things.
I’m not sure if my understanding of the book is correct. I will need to read it again. Or perhaps listen, as I’ve just bought the audiobook. It’s at times like this that I wish my education had lasted longer, had taken me further. Would I interpret this book differently, if I’d learned more? I’ll never know, but I do know I was profoundly moved, aching with every page, knowing it was (and is) real life and not a fairy tale with a “happy ever after” ending.
The story is still being lived, the challenges still being faced, and, I hope, the joy is still lifting the spirits of this remarkable woman.
Until relatively recently my life has been very different to hers as I rushed through a busy working week and raised my own boys .And then it wasn’t so different and like she describes in her beautiful book I too had to slow to snails pace and live from my bed
I adored this book ,it had me in tears often as I recognised the struggles so well .As she herself says many books are written about a persons ability to thrive and overcome adversity rather than as in this case simply live with the unrelenting unpredictability of chronic illness .
The elements of the book I love the most however are Josie’s observations of mundane ordinary British life ,the descriptions of strangers viewed from a distance ,the grubby sweaty parents at school pick up ,the skin of the elderly ,the slurping of a milkshake ,the weeds pushing through the pavement.The language she uses is poetic and truly beautiful she has the skills of a great writer and I would love to read a novel she writes
I shall be recommending this book to people generally but also selectively to people I know who will understand her health problems and who might feel a little bit less invisible after reading it .