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Book Title: Two or Three Things I Know for Sure|
The author of the book: Dorothy Allison
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.28 MB
Date of issue: August 1995
ISBN 13: 9780525939214
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This was a good Year of reading memoirs for me and it helped a great deal in recognizing the art that goes behind writing one. I regard such art to be strictly personal where memories both wispy and vivid try to capture life from a central and peripheral standpoint. Whether it’s about a son talking about her mother and leaving a margin worthy space to mention about himself, or the brilliant writer bemoaning the loss of an imperfectly beautiful yesterday, or the young man who welcomes life by encountering the reality of experience; every person who trust the power of words in order to transform abstract into something tangible, silence into pertinent sound and mistakes into lessons, offers an invaluable gift to the readers.
I am no longer a grown-up outraged child but a woman letting go of her outrage, showing what I know: that evil is a man who imagines the damage he does is not damage, that evil is the act of pretending that some things do not happen or leave no mark if they do, that evil is not what remains when healing becomes possible.
So if I have to suggest (quite emphatically) one such book for anyone and everyone to read then it’s surely going to be Two or Three Things I know for Sure. Dorothy Allison in her profoundly expressive and powerful memoir talks about her lost childhood and creating a loved version of self much against the doomed wishes and fatuous tradition of the world she came from:
...I thought it was like that story in the Bible, that incest is a coat of many colors, some of them not visible to the human eye, but so vibrant, so powerful, people looking at you wearing it see only the coat. I did not want to wear that coat, to be told what it meant, to be told how it had changed the flesh beneath it, to let myself be made over into my rapist’s creation. I will not wear that coat, not even if it is recut to a feminist pattern, a postmodern analysis.
Courageous, tragic and honest- the things she tells here are things one needs to hear.
Read information about the authorDorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Themes in Allison's work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.
Allison's first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.
Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.
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