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Sweet and ordinary,
This review is from: Not A Games Person (Yellow Jersey Shorts) (Paperback)
Another reviewer slated this book as self-indulgent because the writer hadn't done anything noteworthy or interesting. Personally, I felt that review missed the whole point. Many of us (I hope) have fairly untraumatic lives - those lives are still rich to us, and deep. If the ordinary is presented clearly enough, it also illuminates
Myerson writes beautifully about what looks to be on the surface a perfectly ordinary childhood - though of course, not without its particular pains and joys.
It's of course not just about being good (or not) at games, its about how we see the world as a child, what events loom large, and also, how we may change almost without realising it has happened.
A very ordinary childhood - but where Myerson differs (I suspect) from many of us, is her ability to easily get back inside the 6, 12, 13 year old's head, to recall the events and feelings, and write from that place, freshly and in a way which feels honest. Her book certainly triggered emotional recalls for me.
I loved the 'sack race' narrative interspersed throughout the book, and the shifting time frames and generational leaps.
Great stuff, unpretentious, just honest.