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The Faraway Nearby (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2014; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Rebecca Solnit (Tekijä)

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A companion to "A Field Guide for Getting Lost" explores the ways that people construct lives from stories and connect to each other through empathy, narrative, and imagination, sharing anecdotes about historical figures and members of the author's own family.
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Teoksen nimi:The Faraway Nearby
Kirjailijat:Rebecca Solnit (Tekijä)
Info:Penguin Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Probably should not be read as an audiobook. I had no problem getting to the end, but found I didn't connect with it well. One of the first sentences--paraphrased: how we can learn more about our own lives by examining them as a story-- really interested me, but then the book barged right on into her own opinion of women often waiting for Prince Charming. That would not be my story, I'm more the Little Matchgirl type. I suppose I could have turned off the book & spent some time meditating on how I would approach my life this way, but the only time I'm listening to audiobooks is when I am traveling and have no other method of distraction (woops, did I just admit that I'm a distracted driver?).
I also have no interest in Frankenstein, so all those metaphors were uninteresting. Hooray for her for getting a free trip to Iceland, and I did appreciate hearing how distanced the culture is to visitors. Kind of reminds me of the Minnesota Norwegian stereotype.
Her comments on the apricot windfall had me wondering who would store apricots on a floor where you know they are going to ooze all over and destroy the surface. How m ny weeks were they lying there? Oh, well, guess I'm just as hypercritical as her mother.
  juniperSun | May 3, 2021 |
I was surprised not to like this book, given the large fan base that Ms. Solnit enjoys. But I found her too preachy and given to sweeping generalizations that are simply not true. No, it is not the case that in children's literature "most of all, there are doors". Which she follows by focusing on doors in the Narnia chronicles only. She makes too much of story, and pumps metaphor until it is ready to explode, so full of air she has given it. She seems to have a very high opinion of Writers and the role they play, and Story which, in her view, is everything. Well, that broad a definition diminishes the power of story, in my opinion. Her prose has startlingly lucent and beautiful phrases; I especially enjoyed her explorations of Mary Shelley's life and work; but in the end, I was annoyed by Solnit's approach. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
I'm in love with how much this author is in love with the subjects she wanders through. I couldn't tell you what exactly this book is about, except that she has an intense fascination that showers you with creativity, sharing so many different ways of thinking.

I could only read it a few pages at a time, or else I started losing some of the depth. It's no quick read because of how much it will cause you to reflect on your own life. ( )
  mitchtroutman | Jun 14, 2020 |
I love how she writes. The way she weaves history and cultures into her essays is a thing of beauty. And seriously, I can't believe how much I learned about leprosy! Or Iceland! And the desire for an apricot tree is strong. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
At first, I was utterly captivated by this memoir of Solnit's life as she worked through her changing relationship with her mother as that woman's memory fails and her personality changes. Solnit uses a harvest of apricots from a tree in her mother's yard as a metaphor for this experience: she sorts through the rotting fruit and ends with a few jars of lovely preserves and apricot liqueur. This moving and very apt image runs throughout the events in the book where we see Solnit reconciling her memories of a harsh, judgmental mother with the need to take care of a woman now helpless to navigate, literally, through her life. This is the first book I have read by Solnit and so I am not certain if she always does this, but it is one continual linkage of metaphor and image used to reveal meaning. She talks about Frankenstein and the Arctic and parlays that discussion into one of Che Guevara, who like Frankenstein, began as a doctor wishing to help people and ended up as someone very different. She then moves on to her own surgery and her subsequent stay in Iceland. For three-quarters of the book this worked for me tremendously. By the end, though, it was beginning to feel a bit like a party trick: look what I can do. That may be a harsh and undeserving judgement. Maybe it was just me and my mood and should be discounted, or maybe too much of any fruit turns sour in the mouth after awhile. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Jan 19, 2020 |
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