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A Love Letter from a Stray Moon [Hardcover]

Jay Griffiths
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20 Mar 2014
Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. A Love Letter from a Stray Moon reimagines the exceptional life and uncompromising art of Frida Kahlo, and does so allegorically, using Kahlo as a cipher for the experiences of the women - including the author - who identify with her. Much more than the portrait of an artist, this is a vision that resonates with grief, rebellion and transcendence. It is the story of many different women channelled through the journey of one.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Little Toller Books (20 Mar 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1908213175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908213174
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A wonderful book. It's like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself.' JOHN BERGER 'A stunning allegory about love, art and revolution. She makes every word, every scene, in this passionate narrative count. It's brilliant work.' BARRY LOPEZ 'Through Griffiths we hear the voice of Frida Kahlo herself, as if she were speaking directly to us. It's like reading poetry inside a great biographical novel.' MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ 'A crafted freedom that feels made from the mist of dreams and a very real emerging dawn ... It is a book for men to read on women and for women to read on men. I am transported and transformed; I feel lucky to have read it and it leaves me in awe.' LEMN SISSAY 'There's something entirely tropical about the uncompromising richness and intensity of the story, and yet it is a story: there is a strong narrative pulse. There are few people who can write stories like this, though. Jay Griffiths is a fearless adventurer with words and images. I salute her courage and the splendour of this vision.' PHILIP PULLMAN 'Rich, honed and intense, a fierce, compelling homage' THE AGE, AUSTRALIA 'An extraordinarily beautiful and sustained prose poem, a call for engagement with the world, and a powerful and astonishing feat of literary and retroactive telepathy. It is a book about possession, in many forms, each of which is sparked by a particular urgency; to comprehend, to celebrate, and to endure' NIALL GRIFFITHS 'Vivid as a bloom in the jungle, visionary as a flight over a desert, a love song to life on earth' JOAN LONDON 'A raw and confronting piece of poetic prose ... a fearless adventurer of words, Griffiths is in great form' SUNDAY HERALD, AUSTRALIA 'A love letter to human originality' MELANIE CHALLENGER

About the Author

Jay Griffiths is author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, Wild: An Elemental Journey and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. She is the winner of the Orion Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and a World Book Day award. She lives in Wales.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 25 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never read anything like this book. It defies genres and is more poetry than prose, every paragraph full of rich meanings that you could spend a lifetime trying to chase to the end of their metaphors. It's a book where I have already dog-eared the pages with folds to take me back to paragraphs that I want to read again and again, drinking in the artistry of their expression, fumbling for the subtle glints of meaning that each image sets off. There were lines which had me exclaiming over sentences crafted so beautifully that they needed applause, each and every word as essential as in a line of Haiku. Any lover of language can't help but revel in the mastery with which Jay Griffiths (in all her books) turns a phrase with an ear of pure musicality, every word flowing deftly from the next in a perfect congruence of sound and sense. Her books are always pure pleasure to read for their language alone, but this book also has raw pain in it and insights about life that are hard to ignore. The life-story of Frida Kahlo is only the beginning. Kahlo's life forms a colourful backdrop on which to hang thoughts about all life, all loss, all freedom, all art. As any good piece of art should be, the book is specific but all-encompassing at the same time. Kahlo's life becomes a microcosm of something we all experience, all need to hear. This is a book to treasure and one that deserves to become a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily beautiful 25 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
Jay Griffiths' prose poem to love, revolution, grief, creativity, earth and human spirit is extraordinary in form and effect. I'm struggling to describe its pulse and iridescence because it's unlike anything I've read before and it's still tingling. But here are extracts from reviews that ring true - Philip Pullman called it 'A rich and extraordinary vision. Jay Griffiths is a fearless adventurer with words and image. I salute her courage and the splendour of this vision'. Lemn Sissay wrote: 'I found in Griffiths' writing a crafted freedom that feel made from the mist of dreams and a very real emerging dawn. I feel lucky to have read it and it leaves me in awe'.
I hope Amazon will correct the listing error soon - it lists John Berger as author or co-author. In fact he wrote the foreword. It's a measure of the book that he did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure 25 Mar 2014
By tintin
Format:Hardcover
As passionate, poetic, bold and uncompromising as Frida Kahlo herself. I loved this book for the experience of sheer vitality it injects, and for the combination of playfulness and skillfulness with which it is written. I will read it again. Probably several times. It will get dog-eared and worn with reading. It's a treasure.
And yes Jay Griffiths wrote it not John Berger, but not only did he write the foreword but I read that he said this (one of the things that made me want to read it and which I found to be a very accurate description!):
`A wonderful book. It's like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself and wore'
John Berger
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