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Color Is the Suffering of Light: A Memoir

Green, Melissa

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ISBN 10: 0393036502 / ISBN 13: 9780393036503
Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc, US, 1995
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Titel: Color Is the Suffering of Light: A Memoir

Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Set on a Massachusetts farm in the 1960s, this memoir about the author's childhood, and the legacy of three generations of her family, is a vivid portrait of a young girl searching for meaning and beauty in a world where mother love - so fierce that it becomes pathological - cripples those whom it would nurture; where real and spiritual poverty, alcoholism, and despair pit themselves against the imaginative life; where nature and language become a creative child's only allies. Of her family, award-winning poet Melissa Green writes: "I looked down at the old photograph and into the proud, angry, hurt, scheming, unforgiving, tender faces of the Greens. Their family was just like ours. Then I thought: it is ours. How did love get so mixed up with hatred? How did kindness turn to bitterness? Why was envy, resentment, fury, unhappiness, blame, and the deeply felt belief that life had cheated them, that they deserved better, at the heart of everything they said? Their blood was in mine. Their sadness and defeat and defiance ran through my veins until they joined like rivers at my heart." Alive with the feeling and color that distinguish its author's widely praised poems, this book richly evokes the process by which certain memories burn themselves indelibly into our minds, changing forever who we are.

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"Language was a sunstruck, white-water river, full of aquamarine lagoons." Green (The Squanicook Ecologues), an award-winning poet, chronicles her family's epically difficult "unwritten history," while also telling the story of how one writer came to writing. Her memoir is exhilarating not only because she is able to characterize the violence, vigor and dismay of generations, but because Green demonstrates in virtually every sentence the power of words to restore a life that might otherwise have been wrecked by circumstance. She grew up a farmer's daughter during the 1960s in Townsend, Mass., in the household's "heavy, ponderous vapor of unspoken feelings." Resorting frequently to fairy tales, myths and dreams as narrative forms, Green travels in and through her family's legendary alcoholism, batterings and other extraordinary sufferings, including her own suicide attempt at eight and her paternal grandmother's repeated sexual overtures. But to sum up or redress a life's cruelties is not Green's point. Instead, she wrests control from hardship by fathoming it in a long and lavish burst of language. Her intelligence is harrowing-and ecstatic.
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