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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Feb. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0074NQOYM
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Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing Audio Download – Unabridged
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Teach Us To Sit Still will be of great interest to anyone with a chronic medical condition which the doctors seem unable to cure, but also to anyone who is concerned about work/life balance and the long-term effects of ignoring the body's needs. I can't say I'm in any either of those categories but I still found it a fascinating read. But the book is not only about pain and a quest for healing, for Tim, being the writer and scholar that he is, digresses frequently into philosophical and literary themes which break up the stark accounts of medical processes.
Tim Parks developed a set of problems in the region of prostate, groin and pelvis which had a devastating effect on his life. The first part of the book describes the medical explorations which he had to undergo in order to seek a diagnosis. Any man reading the book is going to squirm with discomfort as Parks' recounts the procedures carried out on him, some of which make root canal work sound like a head massage.
I can only admire Tim for his candour in sharing with his readers the daily humiliations caused by his complaint. Nobody wants to hear a doctor say, "It has to hurt I'm afraid", and there is pain in such quantities I found I had to skip quickly through some paragraphs.
The tests he undergoes all show that there is nothing wrong with him. His relief at finding out that he does not after all have prostate cancer is tempered by having to go home to live with the condition, perhaps for ever.Read more ›
I bought it for my husband, who has had digestive problems since the dawn of time.
He's actually reading it with enthusiasm. (We have a family tradition of never reading the book that one spouse buys for another.)
This is a great book for men who have chronic health problems of any kind--but especially delicate problems involving their waterworks.
The woman friend who recommended it to me said she couldn't put it down (the book, that is).
I too found it engaging--a page turner on par with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Really.
I'd never come across a male writer reporting so candidly, humorously and touchingly about
his health problems.
Illness can often open a door to spiritual growth, even for the most determined materialist.
Jung said it is through our wounds that the light comes into our life.
Joseph Campbell wrote: Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Tim Parks describes how that light entered his life, how he found his treasure.
An inspiring read.
Tim Parks' symptoms, medical experiences and personal dilemmas have been unnervingly similar to those of my husband. As a woman, it is hard to appreciate quite what the pain must be like and why it is so utterly demoralising. Tim's descriptions have helped me better understand what my husband is going through; and his frankness about the mental anguish of trying to come to terms with a condition that seems astonishingly common yet so poorly understood (and too embarrassing for most people to discuss without sniggering) is hugely refreshing. Then to read his fascinating account of how he managed to come to terms with it all gives hope indeed. It should be required reading for anyone affected by CPP, their wives and partners.
But this is not just a book for those blighted by CPP. As other reviewers have made clear, there is much more to it than just the unpacking of a particular health problem. It is a fascinating exploration of personality, a journey through the limitations of modern medicine, an unravelling of the impact of troubles in life and a lesson in how to come to terms with oneself. All told with humour and intelligent asides into the worlds of language, literature and art. There can be few people who would not enjoy and learn something from it.
Tim Parks somehow manages to convey the nuances of internal change (stream of consciousness) without becoming a "convert".His account of his symptoms,pain and resistance seem both unembellished and truthful.The literary references and teaching methods add to the theme.
I started this book one evening then immediately returned to it in the morning,finishing it in one sitting.I would recommend this to everyone,not only those with chronic pain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The problem with this book is that Tim Parks finds himself and his (not terribly dazzling) insights and his psyche far more fascinating than it is reasonable to expect the rest of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sasha58
If you are a chap suffering from pelvic pain, certainly worth a read. Different point of view from any medical professional (UK) I have spoken to, and I found it quite positive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Capt.
I'm dismayed to admit that although I started this with high hopes, I have to agree with the reviewer who described this as "tedious in the extreme". Read morePublished 6 months ago by keppin18
I really liked this, especially the first half where the author is focused on his own experiences, and writes so clearly and strongly about this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katy