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    Sarah Manguso(Author)

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At twenty-one, just as she was starting to comprehend the puzzles of adulthood, Sarah Manguso was faced with another: a wildly unpredictable autoimmune disease that appeared suddenly and tore through her twenties, paralysing her for weeks at a time, programming her first to expect nothing from life and then, furiously, to expect everything. In this captivating story, Manguso recalls her struggle: arduous blood cleansings, collapsed veins, multiple chest catheters, depression, the deaths of friends and strangers, addiction, and, worst of all for a writer, the trite metaphors that accompany prolonged illness. A book of tremendous grace and humour, The Two Kinds of Decay transcends the very notion of what an illness story can and should be.

A "NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW" EDITORS' CHOICEA "TIME OUT CHICAGO "BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA "SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE" BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR"Manguso has produced a remarkable, clear-eyed account that turns horror into something humane and beautiful."--"The New York Times Book Review ""Moving . . . a fiercely truthful memoir of illness."--"The Boston Globe ""Here is not a day-by-day description of this grueling time, but an impressionistic text filled with bright, poetic flashes. . . . Many sick people learn to live in the moment, but the power of Manguso's writing makes that truism revelatory."--"The Washington Post Book World""Manguso's slender volume is written in a sparese, no-nonsense style that can be chilling but makes you cheer for the author."--"New York Post""Manguso writes this account from the far end of the illness, looking back on it from a position of physical strength, biting ferocity, and unsentimental wit."--"Bookforum""A series of brief, elliptical vignettes composed of sentences as spare as they are unsparing . . . Manguso pushes beyond the familiar confrontation between doctor and patient to explore the linguistic confusion at the heart of the power struggle."--"Slate""[A] stunning story . . . Manguso's deadpan tone works equally well in service of the painful and funny moments, or when the two meet."--"Time Out Chicago"

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Sarah Manguso(Author)
  • Granta Books (2 Feb. 2012)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography

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  • By Mr. Tadeusz Jp Wilk on 8 December 2011

    As I have a similar condition, I was very interested in the author's problem. She wrote very clearly and often amusingly. I felt a lot of sympathy for her and am pleased she's finally been correctly diagnosed. She has certainly had an excruciating ordeal. Very highly recommended.

  • By Carolyn Cahalane on 1 June 2015

    The best account I have ever read about being ill. Disturbing and brilliant, the language is taught, beautiful and always serves the purpose of the narrative, which is an attempt to lay bare what it is like to be diagnosed with a horrible disease. Inspired.

  • By Ms R. Mitten on 1 November 2013

    I bought this book because it had been short listed for the Wellcome Trust book prize and was described in terms such as 'remarkable', 'piercing', 'elegant simplicity'.I read it in one afternoon, not because it was so gripping I couldn't put it down, but mainly because it was easy to read with short chapters and I had the time.Good bits: quite interesting tale of a challenging illness and it's treatment. A quick read.Less good bits: the short statementy paragraphs which were usually one sentence long, I find them bitty and pretentious. It lacked depth and reflection. It didn't live up to the hype on the cover.


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