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Bodies (Big Ideas) Paperback – 26 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; First Edition edition (26 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846680190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846680199
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A smart and rich compendium of what is going on within and without our bodies today
It was Heracles who killed the poisonous Hydra, and in this brave and significant book, Orbach does battle with a full quiver of her own fire-tipped arrows, her blazing firebrand levelled at self-hatred in all its forms.

(Min Jin Lee The Times)

A must-read (Anna Carey The Gloss)

[It] may change for ever, as it did for me, the way you look at television makeover programmes, journalism that promotes physica self-perfection as "empowerment", and suspiciously svelte photos in glossy adverts. (Lionel Shriver Mail on Sunday 2009-02-08)

Bodies is a timely counterblast against our harsh new visual culture, obsessed with the perfection of the physical self. (Min Jin Lee The Times)

The strength of Orbach's argument in this timely and important book lies in the ease with which she balances the language of psychoanalysis with a discussion of the body's chemistry, and statistical evidence with cultural commentary. Bodies has a mission, and it ends with a manifesto proposing that we "rethink the body in such a way that we can both take it for granted and enjoy it". Whatever the future, Orbach has given us food for thought. (Frances Wilson The Sunday Times 2009-02-08)

Bodies is a terrifying, terrific read. (Chitra Ramaswamy Scotland on Sunday 2009-02-15)

Orbach comes from a psychoanalytic background, and her wide-ranging essay brings together - persuasively and sometimes bravely - a whole range of body anxieties and sets them in context...This is a serious book - and one of the saddest I've read in a long time. It is grounded in compassion, righteous anger and practical good sense...I came to Bodies expecting to find the work of just the sort of self-help hippie I can't stand. I came away having learnt something. We are at war with our own bodies, and both sides are losing. (Sam Leith Daily Mail 2009-02-20)

This vivid, trenchant book seeks to help us live more sustainable and more peacebly with and from our bodies. I don't know anybody who won't be the better for reading it (Psychologies Magazine, South Africa 2009-06-01)

This is a terrific, timely book. Body tyranny has been hurting us for decades... Reading this book made me think: our system makes us want things until we're so damaged that we can't go on, and it's showing on our skinny, obese, scarred, tattooed, pierced and hated bodies. And now it looks like the system is breaking down. Which might be good news for bodies. (William Leith Observer 2009-02-01)

Excellent (Janet Street-Porter Daily Mail 2009-12-14)

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We may be the last generation to inhabit bodies not routinely reconstructed by surgical enhancements. Over the last decades, our body has become an individual statement and a crucial personal responsibility. For many of us, it is the source of terrible difficulty while for others it is an expensive commodity...

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