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Doss k4 We are all of us wandering about in a state of oblivion borrowing our time seizing our days escaping our fates slipping through loopholes unaware of when the axe may fall This is the memoir of Maggie O Farrel documenting the near bushes of death that have been riddled through out her life Each chapter introduces a different time and age of the author and her experiences grazing near to death We are witness to the encounters with death that the author has endured for example near drownings childhood illness that left her bedridden and with little chance of survival an encounter with a man on a remote forest path a mugger with a machete pressed to the author s throat She importantly documents her daughters daily brushes with death with a severe allergy that means constant hospitalisation and constant vigilance in spotting anything in the vicinity that can cause her daughter s flare up and possible deathThis was moving and deeply compelling it was a hard book to put down I made sure to set my paces to fully capture the author s feelings and thoughts The writing in some chapters was flowing smoothly despite the author describing herself panicking and drowning for example Some of the language really chilled you to the bone and was similar to reading a thriller for example specifically when writing about the encounters with the man on the path or the man with a machete This book really sent my heart racing on several occasions and I just read on curious to find out and how the event unfolded This is a brilliant memoir of capturing human vulnerability near death experiences and making every heartbeat count It also makes the reader step back and analyse any brushes of death they may have personally encountered The book also gives rise to a new empathy and understanding to motherhood as well as the realistic rates and taboo subjects of miscarriages and still births that is still freuent today and those mothers whose children may have a life threatening condition and the love that they hold to protect their children in any wayTo accompany this electric book there were detailed illustrations of body parts nothing graphic at the start of each chapter These were so intricate and just added to the memoir making it relatable and intimate Love her fiction so wanting to read her memoir was a no brainier A different take for sure as she recounts the near death experiences she has encountered in her life Reading this made me think of all the mishaps I have had that could have turned fatal Something I think we all share to various degreesHonest and open are the two words I thought of while reading this The things she shares private moments secrets she had held close but now share Yet it her experiences with motherhood that impressed me the most The sadness of miscarriages joy of holding a newborn the terrible concern and the ever preparedness she has at all times with her daughter The frustration and yes so much love Hoping others see beyond the surface to the wonder her daughter is so poignantly told As always when next I read her fiction after reading these details of her life it will be with new eyes Hope she has a new book in the works and I thank her for sharing this very personal collection of essays with us her readers Unless a memoir literally shifts me changes my thinking transforms me in some major way I tend to retreat to my standard 3 star ratingI didn t eually enjoy each story in this collection It s a mix collection for me A few stories felt embellished In the middle of the book I started to feel as if I had enough A couple of the stories felt a little narcissistic but then I felt sad for Maggie s sick child heck I felt awful for Maggie too when she was a child in the hospital petrifiedbut overall I minda 5050 about this book However I believe one story will stay with me forever The first one The very first story was frightening absolutely chilling a story hard to shake Maggie was hiking when a man with binoculars came up to her SHE KNEW INTUITIVELY that man was dangerous and that her life was in danger I learned from Maggie The way she handle her situation was worth the entire book for me Wow she was a pro and it saved her lifeI read carefully taking mental notes I do a lot of hikes alone on uiet trails I was nervous as hell reading Maggie s hiking story MAGGIE SAVED HER OWN LIFE BY REMAINING CALMI only hope I m never in that situation but if I am I hope I could handle it with the same success Maggie did It was still a chilling creepy awful storybut whew as in THANK GOD for Maggie I liked the scienceartistic symbolic body parts at the start of each chaptergiving a clue into the body part most affected in the story about to be told yet that same structure began to feel a little monotonous after awhile especially when some structure began to feel a little monotonous after awhile especially when some the stories were less interesting than others Overall 33 34 rating I have read three of her novels and count Maggie O Farrell as one of my favorite writers and I now I have to get to those that I haven t read This memoir is as beautifully written as her novels O Farrell shares with us some very personal experiences memories of times in her life when she was in danger close to death As in her novels she had me feeling and thinking about the complexities of life sometimes the danger that lies near all of us While she writes about things that happened to her some of these are things that others can relate to miscarriages the heartbreaking emotional difficulty of acceptance and understanding illness that impacts your life a child s illness and some things that most of us have not likely experienced being mugged at nifepoint the impending danger of being stopped by a stranger in a deserted road We see a vulnerability that we can recognize in ourselves as she reveals so much of her feelings and thought processes All of this making me so very glad that she had this moment And one night in the monsoon season when the rain is a constant lulling hum outside the windows when our clothes the windows the pictures are growing mould in the humidity and it s too hot to sleep when I have been reading are growing mould in the humidity and it s too hot to sleep when I have been reading versions of European folktales I get the urge to put down some words I get up find a pencil open an exercise book at the table and as Anton sleeps I start to write I have never read any of Maggie O Farrell s fiction It is not for lack of good intentions I have certainly heard good things about her writing which is what made me jump at chance to read her writing which is what made me jump at chance to read advance copy of this brief memoirAt first blush the way O Farrell has chosen to organize her memoir is odd Each chapter is focused on a near death experience The chapters are out of chronological order And while each chapter deals with a particular experience it meanders to many other parts of O There is nothing uniue or special in a near death experience They are not rare everyone I would venture has had them at one time or another perhaps without even realising it How difficult it is to write a text about a memoirNo matter if you liked it or not no matter whether you shared the writer s views or not a memoir is a testament of someone s heart and soul and how can anyone dissect it so light heartedly This memoir by Maggie O Farrell is one of the most poignant powerful altering reads we will ever experience Therefore if this review looks to you a bit all over the place I apologize because I never succeed in explaining my feelings adeuately Once you read this book I don t think you will ever view life through the same lens as before I m trying to write a life told only through near death experiences 17 times when Death s shadow came too close to her and her children 17 times when she fought with all her might and succeeded in defeating the enemy who was in a hurry to claim one soul much too early She lets us into her life by revealing her most vulnerable moments Hidden in these memories are shocking details about dangers that came out of nowhere thoughts on how love started. I AM I AM I AM is a memoir with a difference the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman's life in near death experiences Intelligent insightful inspirational it is a book to be read at a sitting a story you finish newly conscious of life's fragili. .
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N my mind to be a better audiobook listener and so I downloaded this memoir by Maggie O Farrell and got moving I was instantly hooked From the moment Ms O Farrell shared her encounter with a creepy stranger on a deserted footpath I fell in love with her words I was mesmerized by her stories of near drowning experiences a frightening childhood illness a heartbreaking miscarriage and the harrowing ordeal of taking care of a child with life threatening allergies Along with her brushes with death we also learn a bit about her life and her love of reading and writing She shares her joy of travel and the restlessness that drives her mad when in one place for too long she longs to get out and see the world I am desperate for change endlessly seeking novelty where I can find it I completely get thatThe structure of the memoir is non linear in time with each essay titled by a body part or system followed by a year This was not at all confusing and I was wholly engaged throughout I often found myself reflecting on the vulnerability of human life Just how often do we have our own brushes with death I imagine that sometimes we may not even be aware of all of them I suspect it is best not to mull over this uestion of near death too often or one could become rather morbid Fortunately Ms O Farrell does not take us off in that direction either If you fear this memoir may take on a preachy tone no need to worry as that s just not her style I have a strong hunch that she is just happy to be alive and wishes to live her life to the fullest extent possible Now for a uick note on the narration itself it was fabulous In fact part of the appeal of the entire experience for me was the narrator s voice Sometimes I forgot that it was not the author speaking to me directly Maggie O Farrell is a brilliant storyteller Her words feel genuine her writing style is elegant yet not overembellished You might assume and understandably so given the title that this book is somewhat depressing Yet it is not Yes these stories recount moments of fear confusion and sadness But at the same time they are uplifting and hopeful Life is meant to be lived despite the odds and the setbacks This book bedazzled me and I highly recommend it if you are at all drawn towards memoirs Actually even if you don t typically read this genre I suggest you give this one a try It certainly made a convert out of me I plan to move up of the memoirs on my list as well as some of O Farrell s fiction writing which I have yet to discover I swam in dangerous waters both metaphorically and literally It was not so much that I didn t value my existence but that I had an insatiable desire to push myself to embrace all that it could offer OMG OMG OMG Pogo stick timeDear Maggie O FarrellI m bouncing high zigzagging through your 17 brushes with death Barefoot because my socks were nocked off I can t stop Yep I m downright manic What an amazing memoir you wrote One of the best books I ve read this yearI am I am I am absolutely in love with your book I can t help it that I m stuttering It s that or remain speechless which isn t my style My brain is on fire Matchy matchy My head your language Oh your tone The way my brain is wired your sentences are electricity both jumpy sparks and smooth rivers of fire I now I Prisoner of Midnight know I sound all dramatic but it s your fault I m talking this way I love all your commas your flowy narrative lists of how and why bullet points not reuired Punctuation for maximum impact without being overly dramaticI m glad you stuck with brushes I m glad you called your events brushes with death because frankly if you had called them near death experiences I wouldn t have believed you No one almost dies 17 times Plus I might not have picked up your book because near death experiences usually are woo woo you see god or angels or ghosts or white or light and that s not my thing Calling them brushes with death is perfect Shiver shiver I m scared You sure have some scary stories missy And such a variety Your several scary hospital stories are super sad and I feel for you because Inow one of them will be with you forever Your three scary water stories are harrowing and really wet and cold and they make me glad I don t play in the water any The three Scary Strange Men stories had my heart pumping fast it doesn t seem fair that you had than one such encounter Tell me I don t just like to watch train wrecks please I wondered why I was so jazzed to be watching your train wrecks What BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. kind of jerk am I Am I just looking for drama That s not cool And then it hit me as I was reading Inew that you would survive in the end That soothing thought is so unlike what occurs when I read a novel where I have no idea whether the good guy is going to make it I love it that you don t play the victim even though you are one The times when you are reckless you cop to it and try to understand it Good stuffThanks for having lunch with me Well that s what it felt like anyway I might as well have been sitting across from you in a caf gulping down your stories which were so heartfelt and honest vivid and human It would have been a long lunch for sure Your writing conveys so much emotion which is what makes great artForgive me my gush There isn t one story that I didn t like not one Your book reads like a novel yet feels so very personal I love it that you don t sensationalize events that would have easily allowed you to go overboard I love your imagery I love it that you re so self aware and so insightful about the human condition I love how you introduce each chapter with a classy and intricate drawing of the organ or body part that the event affected very clever I Love It That There Is Even Suspense I Was So it that there is even suspense I was so up wondering how in hell you would get out of scary jams I love the pace You sometimes give a hint of what happened and then you talk about your past a while before completing the story I never felt like I needed to get back to the action The idea of your book is so completely uniue I feel like the book concept gave me the best possible reading experience I got to go to scary places but I new you d be okay Wow you re the ueen of narrative lists Remember how I mentioned your narrative lists There s one long sentence with a zillion commas that sums up your twenties your words are so carefully chosen your succinctness noted and appreciated Here s a snippet of that sentence the dreary rental flats the uncertain and mind shrivelling jobs the late night urban wanderings the last buses the monthly travel passes the skipped meals the ill judged boyfriends the pressing calls made from phone boxes I ll probably reread it several times over it s so good Paragraphs like that one leave me in aweWhere did your stories take me missy They took me down memory lane where I plucked my close calls out for closer examination Yes I did have one Scary Strange Man story Yes I did have one scary hospital story Yes I did have scary motherhood stories I still find myself searching my brain for other close calls And like I thought as I was reading your stories what if one or two factors had altered the close calls and had left me deformed incapacitated or dead It made me think about luck fate fear unfairness randomness About what if s about bravery vs stupidity It made me think about how a mere second can make a difference between life and death Why did you let them give you two covers I m jealous I now there are a bunch a people who got a cool cover with a heart on it I on the other hand got a cover with a big ugly brown feather that splat blocked out part it I on the other hand got a cover with a big ugly brown feather that splat blocked out part the title A nasty smudge wipe it off please As an ex editor who needs *ALL LETTERS AND WORDS TO BE STRONG AND VISIBLE *letters and words to be strong and visible claim I got ripped off I really really wanted the heart coverAll I can say is where have you been all my life I will be running to your other books no doubt about it because This is what makes me obsessed with reading This right hereThank you for listeningAn avid new fan. Ctric unforgettable this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O'FarrellIt is a book to make you uestion yourself What would you do if your life was in danger and what would you stand to lose. A boyfriend who was an egoist to the core a horrible doctor who served a misogynistic Victorian view of helping women with their labour her saviours the people who made sure she would return her beautiful family There are so many aspects of O Farrell that I admire and marvelled at She is such a free spirit her wanderlust comes alive through the pages as she narrates her experiences in diverse places China Chile France Italy Wales and her native Northern Ireland Her affinity to the sea and hiking her aversion to tea which I share completely I was particularly touched by the birth of her first child because I was a star gazer baby myself that put my mum in extreme danger during labour There is also a beautiful reference to Karen Blixen s Seven Gothic TalesO Farrell s writing strikes your feelings your heart I always feel uncomfortable with hospitals I ve been to one only once thank God and all the Heavens and even reading about them makes me feel terrible Therefore the experience of her il oooh goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best memoirautobiography 2018 what will happen At the time I gaze up at the sky the birds the fast moving clouds and I am thinking about the dense forest behind us about how I do not want to be dragged in there not at all I do not want to see the trees closing over my head feel the scratch and pluck of bushes against my skin my clothes the cold damp of the ground in there My thoughts are very simple They pulse through my head let me go let me go not the forest not the ground pleaseconceptually this is wholly original and a bit chilling a memoir told through all of the author s near death experiences with a total of seventeen chapters that s too many right i became outraged at capital d death on her behalf for cat and mousing her around so much go pick on someone your own size etc etc but it s not uite as dire as it appears the final chapter is about her daughter whose severe food allergies reminded me of another memoir Don t Kill the Birthday Girl Tales from an Allergic Life so it s really only SIXTEEN personal near death experiences which is much reasonable slightly lives than a cat considerably than most humans and some of the situations in those sixteen chapters are nearer to death than others going for an AIDS test after your partner has been unfaithful is a far cry from having a machete held to your neck although machete to neck should be weighted to count for at least two especially if it is not the first time a iller has threatened your life via that slender stalk and just some friendly advice after three near drownings you need to take the hint and stop going into the water it does not want you inside of it and is saying no the only way it can it s a very novelistic approach to writing memoir both the novel ty HA of the approach and the style of the writing which is vivid and descriptive expands and contracts in focus wraps anecdotes around other anecdotes and switches from first to third to even second person from chapter to chapter although the premise seems designed for thrills it s a much reflective than sensational approach she s very pragmatic about her experiencesThere is nothing uniue or special in a near death experience They are not rare everyone I would venture has had them at one time or another perhaps without even realising it The brush of a van too close to your bicycle the tired medic who realises that a dosage ought to be checked in final time the driver who has drunk too much and is reluctantly persuaded to relinuish the car eys the train missed after sleeping through an alarm the aeroplane not caught the virus never inhaled the assailant never encountered the path not taken We are all of us wandering about in a state of oblivion borrowing our time seizing our days escaping our fates slipping through loopholes unaware of when the axe may fallthe chapters are titled after the parts of the body made vulnerable by or responsible for each close call with a nice olde timey anatomical rendering of said parts i ve chosen a pull uote from each chapter to entice you with her writing chops or the shivery allure of the situation there s a lot packed into these stories or the shivery allure of the situation there s a lot packed into these stories i definitely recommend this one as an intriguing alternative approach to memoirNECK 1990 I am careful to use strides that are confident purposeful but not frightened I am not frightened I say this to myself over the oceanic roar of my pulse Perhaps I think I am free perhaps I have misread the situation Perhaps it s perfectly normal to lie in wait for young girls on remote paths and then let them goI am eighteen Just I now almost nothingthis story was really frightening but it reminded me of an even horrifying close call story which you need to watch here LUNGS 1988 At sixteen you can be so restless to watch here LUNGS 1988 At sixteen you can be so restless frustrated so disgusted by everything that surrounds you that you are willing to leap off what is probably a fifteen metre drop in the dark into a turning tideSPINE LEGS PELVIS ABDOMEN HEAD 1977 I remember that I ept going I Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı kept moving my feetept powering on through the mountain air as if nothing could touch me nothing bad might happen if I could just Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines keep goingeep running The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River keep movingWHOLE BODY 1993 The air is fill I am a fan of Maggie O Farrell Novels and love her descriptive writing Her story telling is uniue and fresh Her latest book is totally different as it s a memoir that is uirky interesting honest revealing and vividTold through 17 near death experiences that the author experienced throughout her life you find yourself reading with bated breath as O Farrell draws you in with words and descriptions that make the reading experience very real and poignant At O Farrell s near catastrophic childbirth a mysterious man in beige steps in with an unexpectedindness She writes When he took my hand he taught me something about the value of touch the communicative power of the human hand A simple gesture and yet this has simple act had such an effect on the author and on me as a reader it simply brought tears to my eyesIt s a book that makes you uestion your own life experiences and you find you dig deep in your own past of near misses that you may never have thought about until you read this book I found her experiences with hospitals consultants and doctors very interesting and frank I was a little worried to begin with that this book would be morbid and difficult reading but O Farrell manages to eep it upbeat and while there were times my heart strings were tugged and I felt tears prickling there were other times I smiled and felt uplifted and this is due to the author s exuisite prose I am I am I am is not narrated chronologically but by the organ or body part primarily affected which may seem odd to begin with but make sense as you read the book The first story in the book is called NECK and sent shivers down my spine chilling but so well recounted that you feel you are there with O Farrell in this terrible moment and each and every story had pretty much the same effect on me I listened to this one on audible and the narrator was excellent We are all of us wandering about in a state of oblivion borrowing our time seizing our days escaping our fates slipping through loopholes unaware of when the axe may fallOne day early in February we had a rare day of sun and sixty degrees after having just endured subzero temperatures the week before brrr I could not get my sneakers on fast enough I ran out the door without a jacket to get a little fresh air and exercise Now I very rarely listen to audiobooks Don t get me wrong I think they are a fantastic option to take in even reading than is otherwise possible with our busy lives Unfortunately I am not cut out for the experience most of the time I can t do two things at once I cannot do laundry prepare dinner dust the furniture or drive a car while focusing on a story My mind starts to wander if I m not actually looking at the words myself But I have on occasion tried to trai. Ty determined to make every heartbeat countA childhood illness she was not expected to survive A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster A terrifying encounter on a remote path A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital Shocking ele. ,

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