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review All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Summary ¶ 7 Katharine Smyth ¼ 7 Read & Download A wise lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives and see clearly the people we love mostKatharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room and in the companionable silence she shared with her father After his death a calamity that claimed her f. I closed my eyes and tried to sleep I opened them and asked my seatmate for the time We were still hours away and I willed the seconds to pass even as I had an image then of the death moment as a fracture that had split my life in two and every minute every mile was a measure of the growing distance between me and the part of life I much preferred Some ten years later I m still on that trainThe writing in this book is almost too good In All the Lives We Ever Lived Katharine Smyth intertwines a tale of the life and death of her father with wisdom she s gleaned from her favorite book To the Lighthouse It s a neat hook to hang a memoir on but Smyth doesn t really need it Perhaps this isn t surprising given that she reveres Virginia Woolf but the personal non Lighthouse parts of this book are so well done vivid elouent moving and huge compliment from me well organized and cohesive that all the Woolf stuff interesting as it is isn t really necessary I would ve happily read about Smyth s own life instead Still as far as criticisms go that s a pretty mild one I genuinely did like all the explication of To the Lighthouse I just liked the personal stuff Overall I was really impressed by this Recommended Ballerina Girl (My First Reader) in the comfort of an English sitting room and Will Shortz Presents Hard Sudoku Volume 3: 200 Challenging Puzzles in the companionable silence she shared with her father After his death a calamity that claimed her f. I closed my eyes and tried to sleep I opened them and asked my seatmate for the time We were still hours away and I willed the seconds to pass even as I had an ALEXY (Génesis nº 1) image then of the death moment as a fracture that had split my life Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763 in this book Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn is almost too good In All the Lives We Ever Lived Katharine Smyth Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business it Perhaps this Diary of a Minecraft Squid: An Unofficial Minecraft Book isn t surprising given that she reveres Virginia Woolf but the personal non Lighthouse parts of this book are so well done vivid elouent moving and huge compliment from me well organized and cohesive that all the Woolf stuff The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) interesting as Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2 it KickAss Delphi Programming: Cutting-edge Delphi Programming with an Attitude is Batiendo a Wall Street: Peter Lynch con la colaboración de John Rothchild (Value School) isn t really necessary I would ve happily read about Smyth s own life Matriochkas Tome 2 : Dissidence (French Edition) instead Still as far as criticisms go that s a pretty mild one I genuinely did like all the explication of To the Lighthouse I just liked the personal stuff Overall I was really Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi impressed by this Recommended

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review All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Summary ¶ 7 Katharine Smyth ¼ 7 Read & Download Avorite person she returned to that beloved novel as a way of wrestling with his memory and understanding her own grief Smyth's story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf's Cornish shores and Bloomsbury suares exploring universal uestions about family loss and homecoming Through her inventive highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse and her artful adaptation. A truly remarkable read The author harnessed the power of Virginia Woolf in the telling of her story So many bells were rung and so many things resonated as I read Woolf always resonates with me in a way that few in my life truly understand but that s not the only reason this memoir resonated While my parents are alive my mother is terminally ill and my father recently became seriously illBy structuring this memoir by adding in Woolf s iconic novel it just made it all the poignant I really liked how the author would share a passage from To the Lighthouse and then tie that to Virginia s real life and then tie all of that to her own It s not necessary that you have read or loved Woolf s novel to enjoy this memoir but it will make it all the poignant if you have and if you do I m doing something similar with Hemingway s Moveable Feast for a novel I m working on I m also using the life of the author of Dracula and weaving that into another novel a modern day gothic workplace tale both based on true stories Anyway it was a pleasure to read someone else do this with a novel I love The way Woolf measured her happiness against the memory of being in her childhood home by the beach was apparent in her writing The author of this memoir had a similar experience I think we all do There is one home that I lived in until I was eight Another family lives there now but it is where I feel tied It s where things happened It s where I was most myself until I wasn t When I think of home I think of this place up on the hill with that view of the water I love the moment when the author realizes that her father had a life before her It s one of those things that doesn t occur to children very often that their parents had a full life before they arrived I loved how the author talked of marriage the author s and her parents and Virginia s and her parents There was something so intoxicating about how she wove that chapter together The prose in this memoir on its own didn t have poetry except when Woolf was interjected it s hard to juxtapose one s prose next to Woolf s and I find the author brave to do so But the way she wove the story was poetic as a whole And her skill as a writer is excellent The words never distracted from her meaning When the author talks of sitting at the dinner table when her father was drunk it rung some bells My father was an alcoholic but I have no memories like this about him my parents split when I was young What this scene reminded me of was dinner with my mom and her significant other and his young son Cory Their story is another novel on my list to writeThe scene the author describes when going to a picnic on the day Princess Di dies rang some bells Two actuallyMy mom was staying at my condo during the funeral because her alcoholic boyfriend always got very drunk when big news stories happened I remember her licking her wounds on my couch watching the funeral The big one though involves the most potent early memory I have of my father It involved my father mother my brother and I climbing into the car to mail a letter and to go to the store My father was drunk so my mother was going to drive She tapped him on the shoulder asking him to hold the letter and all hell broke loose It ended with me and my brother on the stairs screaming at our father to stop beating our mother against the garage door in the driveway I see the memory from up above and across the street The memory today is like a movie in my head No one called the police though the neighbors saw it People just didn t call the police back then when seeing something like that After it was over I sat on the edge of the bathtub watching my mom examine her bloody head My father came into the bathroom cheerfully like armegeddon hadn t just happened and asked who wanted to go with him to mail the letter I said I would go My mother said No one is going anywhere My heart sunk for two reasons first because things would never be the same as they were before and secondly it was the first time I had betrayed myself by not being truthful about what I felt I didn t want to go with my dad I was mad at him but I so much wanted to go back in time so I lied and said I wanted to go with him It was the first time I lied And then I felt like shit because I had betrayed my mom who was bleeding from her head The first brick in my personal wall was laid that day My world had turned upside down and I went deep through the looking glass Nothing would ever be what it was I no longer would be who I was who I was meant to be This is the same year I lost my cherry to a Barbie Doll and I fainted in kindergarten when in a circle with someone in the middle showing and telling a white rabbit I ended up in a strange world alone in a hospital I didn t realize until years later all of these things probably drew me to Alice s adventures I was Alice from that day forward I even looked like the original drawings It is from this space that I first met Woolf As the author looks at death and the void that comes after I was struck at how she so poetically braided the layers It was so beautiful and masterful how she crafted some of the passages Her discussion of grief was very powerful A must read When she writes of gliding back and forth between memories all of them set atop the other like transparencies it reminded me of an epiphany I had circa 1999 where I saw every moment happening at once The image makes perfect sense but I will have to paint it someday in hopes the words might come to describe it To date words are not enough The most poignant part of the book is when the author writes of death How when someone we love dies how we find ourselves in the past with such urgency It is the only place our loved one resides Near death the majority of time is spent in the past It s like we die in the past and not the present My mom who is dying talks about the past and When I took care of my grandmother her last year of life she did the same thing She had trouble remembering what happened five minutes before sometimes but she had vivid detailed memories of her past Those memories were vibrant and alive than her present We all live a lot in the past and the future but maybe when one is dying the future is uelled and only the past remains There is so much about this novel that was beautiful and hard and completely worth my time This is a book that will leave behind gifts to open for years to come There are some passages that will leave your heart pounding and others that will have you forgetting to breath I can t recommend this memoir highly enough El arte de no amargarse la vida / The Art of Not Be Resentful (Psicología) inventive highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse and her artful adaptation. 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review All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Summary ¶ 7 Katharine Smyth ¼ 7 Read & Download Of its groundbreaking structure Smyth guides us toward a new vision of Woolf's most demanding and rewarding novel and crafts an elegant reminder of literature's ability to clarify and consoleBraiding memoir literary criticism and biography All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut a love letter from a daughter to her father and from a reader to her most cherished author. It s a book about a book A great book about another great book Smyth s writing is beautiful slightly reminiscent of Woolf s in fact I had picked it up with an entirely different set of expectations than the ones that were met The ones I didn t know I had It s a personal journey in eual parts ordinary and singular Using a book to foreshadow a life an event has never been done better than thisat least not that I m aware ofI like this book because it reminds us that literature is a tool a lens to see the world through to achieve a better understanding of things that elude us with the help of people belonging to different times That is why we readThe core idea here is how our lives are made up of different layers consisting of moments experiences and personalities Smyth is playing here with the interactions juxtapositions and contrasts between these layers through her own experience with the loss of a loved one I really love this bookAnd all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be


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    Download Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¼ Katharine Smyth PDF All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Smyth first read To the Lighthouse in Christmas 2001 during her junior year abroad at Oxford Shortly thereafter her father had surgery in Boston to remove his bladder one of many operations he’d had during a decade battling cancer But even this new health scare wasn’t enough to keep him from returning to his habitual three bottles of wine a day Woolf was there for Smyth during this crisis and all the time leading up to her fat

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    PDF All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Oh my goodness I picked this book up because i was caught with nothing to occupy my time at a Library volunteer function I was hooked after three pages Perhaps it hit me a little harder because my father passed in October The author was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and after he

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  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
  • Katharine Smyth
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 9781524760625