Giving up the Ghost: A Memoir (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/5/11
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'Like Lorna Sage's Bad Blood ... A masterpiece.' Rachel Cusk Giving Up the Ghost is the shocking and beautiful memoir, from the author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light 'Giving up the Ghost' is award-winning novelist Hilary Mantel's uniquely unusual five-part autobiography. Opening in 1995 with 'A Second Home', Mantel describes the death of her stepfather which leaves her deeply troubled by the unresolved events of her childhood. In 'Now Geoffrey Don't Torment Her' Mantel takes the reader into the muffled consciousness of her early childhood, culminating in the birth of a younger brother and the strange candlelight ceremony of her mother's 'churching'. In 'Smile', an account of teenage perplexity, Mantel describes a household where the keeping of secrets has become a way of life. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how through a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect she came to be childless and how the ghosts of the unborn like chances missed or pages unturned, have come to haunt her life as a writer.
'She is by turns facetious, matter-of-fact, visionary and comical but always totally riveting.' Daily Telegraph 'Simply astonishing - clear and true.' Guardian 'An extraordinary story, sometimes comic, often grim, but most importantly it is a story of survival.' Spectator 'A masterpiece of wit...[the] past, so thoroughly vanished, is made to live again here.' Rachel Cusk 'What a remarkable writer she is. She is piercingly, even laceratingly observant ... a very startling and daring memoir; the more I read it the more unsettling it becomes.' Helen Dunmore 'I was riveted. It's raw, it's distressing and it's full of piercing insights into a first-rate novelist's mind.' Margaret Forster 'A stunning evocation of an ill-fitting childhood and a womanhood blighted by medical ineptitude. Hilary Mantel's frank and beautiful memoir is impossible to put down and impossible to forget.' Clare Boylan
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|星4つ 16% (16%)||16%|
|星3つ 9% (9%)||9%|
|星2つ 8% (8%)||8%|
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This memoir has a non-linear structure, split into parts rather than chapters that don’t follow any specific structure. This format is unusual for memoirs but works really well.
I’m a huge fan of Mantel’s work but knew very little about her as a person before I read this. I’m glad I did and got to find out more about one of my favourite writers. She’s more flesh and blood now and I can appreciate her as a writer even more.
Part 5, Show Your Workings is my favourite part of the memoir, and in a way the saddest as Mantel pays a high price for a lifetime of medical blunders and assumptions by other people. She also plays a part because certain Catholic beliefs led her to assume it was better to keep her mouth shut. I found this part of the memoir very moving.
As to the quite awfully ignorant medical treatment, this is where her writer's detachment hits many nails on the head. I will not forget her surreal delivery, with a "nurse" as companion, in the taxi as she went seeking her scan!
almost as if she did not write with words but with her body. Openness, ferocity and tenderness make her style unique. Great, great writing.
This copy was in excellent condition, thanks.