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I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death (2017 original; edició 2017)

de Maggie O'Farrell

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We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.… (més)
Membre:njgriffin
Títol:I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death
Autors:Maggie O'Farrell
Informació:London : Tinder Press, 2017.
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:irish, memoir

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death de Maggie O'Farrell (2017)

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Maggie O'Farrell is a very good writer...I enjoyed her style of writing and use of synonyms very much. The first chapter, in particular, really grabbed me.

This memoir is based on Ms. O'Farrell's 17 encounters with death....usually her own, and often as a result of her behaviour. It is an interesting concept -- one that led me to examine my own near-misses and foolish choices.

There are three things that I took from the book. One, is the healing power of touch, Second, the thoughtlessness of so many of our big institutions. Ms. O'Farrell talks about feeling "so unheard, so disregarded, so disbelieved..." Third, the great power of positivity.

The book is not chronological and I wondered why. In an interview, the author says she was trying to build tension -- wanting the reader to keep wondering about her childhood illness. I think knowing that up front would have helped me understand her better as I was reading. And there was plenty of tension in her various experiences!

I've never read any of Ms. O'Farrell's fiction, and I plan to. ( )
  LynnB | Mar 2, 2021 |
I found parts of this book very moving and emotional, in particular the bits related to childbirth really struck a chord with me. It's an interesting mix of stories from the mundane to the dramatic, the worldwide to the local, the commonplace to the rare. It flits around and can feel a bit disjointed early on, but I feel like it all builds up to the final few chapters and they make sense of the order and of working up to the most important events. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Feb 16, 2021 |
This was a brave and novel idea, but I was expecting one of Maggie O'Farrell's regular novels which I loved years ago from her first book in about 2002? ( )
  Okies | Jan 19, 2021 |
I Am, I Am, I Am was one of my last books in 2020. I loved it! Not all the brushes with death are hers (but most are). I could personally relate to several of the medical incidents, not so much the criminal ones (but they were scary and fascinating), and I was especially moved by the last chapter featuring her daughter who has eczema and allergies.

Each chapter is a different narrow escape, well written, suspenseful and told with insight and humor. You could call her unlucky, but to still be here after all this, I think she is quite the opposite--incredibly lucky!! Recommended. O'Farrell is also the author of Hamnet, another great read. ( )
  Berly | Jan 2, 2021 |
I can honestly say this wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't grab me after the first essay I read by Maggie O'Farrell. I think my main problem was that the book flutters around and we don't stay on a chronological timeline for the author.

"I Am, I Am, I Am, Seventeen Brushes of Death" is a memoir by Maggie O'Farrell that goes into 17 separate occasions when she almost and at one point one of her children almost died. The first story really grabbed me, "Neck" 1990. O'Farrell relates a story about a man that she came across that she realized was laying in wait to sexually assault her. The story ends with her getting away from the man, but realizing that he did indeed lie in wait for another young woman and raped and murdered her. The whole story was sobering and definitely had me thinking back to the many times I was around a man that I realized in a split second meant to do me harm.

After that, O'Farrell's memoir jumps around a lot. We go into Lungs 1988, and then spine, legs, etc., then whole body, and back to neck again. O'Farrell links every near death experience she has with her body in some way which was an interesting idea. And I have to say that the chapter headings do make it easier to figure out what period of time we are in while she is describing the story. That said, I had a hard time just finishing this due to the timelines going back and forth and being confused about who certain people were.

For example, she tells a story about her dealing with her first pregnancy that resulted in a C-Section and almost death, to her then almost drowning with a riptide took her out into the ocean, then back again to when she was a small girl and almost hit by a car. And I honestly was confused about O'Farrell's family's make-up. She talks about a couple of relationships, but then mentions her husband, and then we jump back in again to the other guy she was seeing depending on the story. I honestly needed a flow chart after a while.

And I feel bad for saying this, but some of the stories were not that interesting to me. Sometimes it read like a stretch to me in order for her to allude to some larger point (that I was obviously missing). For example, she tells about a near death experience she doesn't even remember, that her mother tells her about and then that segues into her remembering a garage that she and her sister played into, that then goes into a cat that had kittens in the garage, to the cat finally being too sick for her sister (who is a vet) to heal this time. I felt like I needed to be very alert while reading this book to just even follow everything that was happening.

I am glad I read this, but really happy I just borrowed it from the library. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

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