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Natascha McElhone

Autor/a de After You

3+ obres 18 Membres 3 Ressenyes

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Crèdit de la imatge: Photo by Celia McElhone

Obres de Natascha McElhone

After You (2010) 16 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Believe 1 exemplars

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Yes, I have found another true story of someone losing their spouse, one that I came to from several different directions: as a fan of Natascha McElhone’s film and television career, obviously the subject matter, as well as several powerful book reviews. With two small kids and pregnant with a third, McElhone’s 43-year-old husband, Martin Kelly, died suddenly of a heart attack in 2008. She was filming scenes for a favorite series of mine, Californication, in Los Angeles, when he died in the doorway of their London home. She lays it all out very straight forward and unguarded, the writing is impressive.

There were things that I was personally quite familiar with. McElhone also admires C.S. Lewis’s book A Grief Observed, quoting it a number of times. “A brave and extraordinary testament of bereavement, as honest as any I have ever read.” She started her grieving writing letters to her dead husband. That directness, shows her grief-twisted nature “up close and personal.” Her directness didn’t go unnoticed in reviews. “Post-death desolation has found a remarkable voice.”—Independent. “An extremely moving account of loss and loneliness.”—Daily Mail.

What stuck with me about this book was the later parts of her grieving, when she was starting to feel that she was moving beyond, looking to see what her future might hold for her. She realized that she needed love and someone to share her life with. This kind of thing catches my eye quickly. I always have to discount so much in other people’s stories of loss and grief, and here it was only minor things like: she is a stunning and talented international movie and television star, money swirls around her from his career as a well-known plastic surgeon and her movie career, they had both young and newly-born children. But, losing the very center of your life is always losing the very center of your life. She, while not as raw as some of C.S. Lewis’s writings, was still writing it down directly to her husband. [I very closely relate to the recording of raw feelings, as I’ve written long and daily to my late wife for almost three years.] One of McElhone’s lines hit me hard about death. “No, it is not just final, it’s worse than that, it’s diminishing: the death continues to decrease, to occupy less space,“ and “I would never look beyond you if you were here. The way you can stop me thinking like this is to come back.” This banter mirrors many parts of my own diary to my wife. Life and death may be more universal than many think.

The writing in this book was excellent, and I feel that while I lived a smaller life, the pain of loss is so painful and so life changing that I will continue my quest for these books where people share what this loss means to them. Misery Loves Company could be its own section in stores—it certainly would be if I still owned a bookstore.
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jphamilton | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jun 7, 2021 |
A beautiful, heart-warming, honest and painful diary of loss. Actress Natascha McElhone was in Los Angeles with her two small children (and another on the way) when she received the devastating news that her husband Martin had died suddenly of a heart attack. After You is compiled from Natascha's letters to Martin, written when she was trying to make sense of her grief, her frustration, and how to go on living, and caring for three young boys, without the love of her life.

I have no idea why I wanted to read Natascha's book, and vicariously - voyeuristically - sample her pain and heartache, but I am so glad I did, because she also shares her great love for Martin and the dream life they had together. Natascha is a beautiful woman, and Martin was obviously a clever man, a talented surgeon, with a larger than life personality, and they really deserved to be happy. What happened to Natascha sounds like fiction - beautiful actress loses husband but is pregnant with his child when he dies - yet her letters are an emotional contrast of daily observations and obstacles, like getting a faulty phone line fixed, droll humour ('Is there anyone out there who would like to adopt a brood, one of them freshly baked?'), romantic memories ('the most complete experience of my life was your love'), and aching grief, which remind the reader just how real her story is.

Stunning. Thank you for sharing, Natascha.
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AdonisGuilfoyle | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 7, 2012 |
The author shares the most intimate letters she wrote to the husband after losing him (he had a heart attack). These letters were her way of coming to terms with his death, of making sense of it all, of finding tiny bits of comfort and remembering the good times.

I felt like I was reading someone's journal, there was a lot of rambling and questioning, very real and easy to relate to. I can't imagine the pain... It was quite loud throughout the book but that's probably nothing compared to the pain she feels inside and around her.

I would've liked to read more about her sons and how they coped with their father's death.
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deadgirl | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 6, 2011 |

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