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The Faraway Nearby by [Solnit, Rebecca]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Praise for "The Faraway Nearby"

""The Faraway Nearby "is a masterpiece, about nothing less than the story (the myth, the fairy tale) we are living, about how we can step out of that story to become who we are, who we are meant to be. 'The self is also a creation, the principal work of your life, the crafting of which makes everyone an artist, ' says Solnit, and she is one of the few writers alive able to be our guide in this 'unfinished work of becoming.' This book is a gift--it will make your life larger." --Nick Flynn, author of "The Reenactments"

"Scheherazade nested one tale inside another in order to save her life; Rebecca Solnit dovetails her own intricate stories to trace the seemingly disparate but profoundly connected elements of a life: a hundred pounds of apricots, a mother vanishing into a haze of forgetting, the allure of ice, the way we locate ourselves in the world through telling stories, finding a voice for the silent self who becomes real as she or he is spoken. When you sit down to a new book by Solnit, you know that you'll come up from it changed: the world seems both more clear and more mysterious at once. Here's one of the most trustworthy voices we have; Rebecca Solnit makes, in book after marvelous book, a new map of the world." --Mark Doty, author of "Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems"



Praise for "The Faraway Nearby"
"A brilliant, genre-refuting book...the power of "The Faraway Nearby," as in Solnit's previous writing, lies in its juxtapositions, its clusters of narrative nerves...Solnit is a wanderer who collapses distance."--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"A memoir made up of interlocking stories that also explore the way we use storytelling to understand ourselves and others...In her famously lyrical prose, Solnit writes about her own life, her family, and her reading, and she revisits the myths and ideas that have shaped her world."--New Yorker.com
"Solnit opens a door into a maze of stories within stories, a dreamlike memoir composed of fairy tales, literary criticism, history, philosophy and aphorism...the product of a remarkable mind at work, one able to weave a magnificent number of threads into a single story, demonstrating how all of our stories are interconnected."--"Bookforum"
"A deeply moving account of why we create - why we make stories...What Solnit offers us, I think, is the future of memoir. Not the story of the self...but the ways in which one's story opens into other stories... ...literary nonfiction doesn't get more beautiful and compelling."--"The American Scholar"
""Part essay collection, part memoir, and part meditation, "The Faraway Nearby" takes a thoughtful, fresh look at how stories function in our lives...Solnit never gives up on the idea that any of us can redefine who we are and what we want - even in our most challenging and overwhelming periods."--oprah.com
"Solnit makes us all more daring and creative thinkers, as she intuits links between seemingly unconnected subjects, encouraging the reader to follow her lead."--The Daily Beast
""The Faraway Nearby "is a masterpiece, about nothing less than the story (the myth, the fairy tale) we are living, about how we can step out of that story to become who we are, who we are meant to be. 'The self is als

About the Author

Rebecca Solnit is the author of twelve books, including "A Paradise Built in Hell," "A Field Guide to Getting Lost," "River of Shadows," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Mark Lynton History Prize, and "Wanderlust." The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, she lives in San Francisco."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670025968
  • Publisher: Granta Books (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2TA1CY
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prizewinning American author, Rebecca Solnit, has named her latest book after a painting by the artist Georgia O'Keeffe: 'From the Faraway, Nearby' - an interesting choice of title for an unusual and very interesting book. Part memoir, part psychological examination, Solnit uses her series of elegant and diverse essays and reflections to confront rather painful subjects, such as the intense and difficult relationship between herself and her rather bitter and resentful mother; her mother's frightening descent into dementia; and, amongst other subjects, a health crisis of the author's own.

However, this is not just an examination of illness, death and difficult family issues, nor is it a depressing book, for Rebecca Solnit uses her very competent storytelling skills to take the reader on a journey through time and landscape, where we have the opportunity to meet famous characters and look at events from their lives, whilst the author cleverly weaves their stories into her own. So, on the journey, we read about Scheherazade and 'The Arabian Nights'; Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley, the author of 'Frankenstein'; Che Guevara; Napoleon; the Marquis de Sade; and, amongst others, the Chinese artist from the Tang dynasty, Wu Daozi, who painted a picture of a landscape with mountains and a cave, and then stepped into the cave and disappeared in order to escape the wrath of the Emperor.

Fluid and beautifully written, I found this an intriguing and rather fascinating book; one to keep on the bookshelf, to read and experience again - I am also now interested in looking at the author's previous books, perhaps starting with:A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

4 Stars.
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I was a bit disappointed with this book. There are some interesting and lyrical passages and the difficult relationship with her mother is honestly portrayed but there was something relentless and humourless about the writing which made me glad to get to the end. I have preferred earlier works by her.
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I like the way Rebecca Solnit writes, so for me I enjoyed the book. I think some may find her musings a little long winded, but for me it was a good holiday read. It dragged a bit in the middle but there were some lovely ideas in it.
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This is my first encounter with Solnit, after hearing her lauded on a TED talk by an engaging Irish writer whose name I forget but who recommended her and Adam Phillips as thought-provokingly unpredictable. A few obvious things need mentioning: she is intelligent, kind and has written two pieces of this collection about her Mother suffering from Dementia, a timely subject. I was put off by one reviewer calling her "The prizewinning Rebecca Solnit" since that's as meaningless as "the prizewinning 'Rocky' " (the worst film to win the Oscar: it is indeed no guide to quality. Watch it and tremble). No quibble, there's something I think of as Creative Writing School syndrome at work here: the prose is a bit too self-conscious, it likes to be looked at, admired: its favourite is the colour purple. Now that I have sloughed off Pater's account of The Mona Lisa' as the acme of brilliant prose for that of V.S. Naipaul's lucid but austere beauty (as seen in the first sentence of his 'The Search for El Dorado'), I have trouble with any style that calls attention to itself, aside from Sir Thomas Browne's and my own! Still this may not be typical and I may grow into appreciating it, but rarely for me, I find myself lured away from Solnit's work to the latest Tony Judt (if you like history, GET IT!). I would not leave Naipaul for anything; Solnit has a way to go to approach the grumpy Trinidadian. Perhaps as a tribute to her Mother she was trying too hard, might be the kind view. I think that she needs to relax and let her prose draw closer to her skin. But to be fair it's an interesting portrait of herself and her family and the relationship with her ailing Mother is touching. It would have been a more impressive piece if RS had taken a lesson from the Spinster of Amherst.
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Beautiful haunting book that will touch your soul. Terrible cover though which almost stopped me from buying it! I thought it must be a self-published book at first! Don't let the cover stop you.
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