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L. FitzGerald (Hampshire United Kingdom)

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Notes From An Exhibition
Notes From An Exhibition
by P Gale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.11

21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated, empty, fake, 15 Dec. 2008
This is only the second review I've written on this site. And this book made me do it! I thought it would be fascinating. However, the author really doesn't have a handle (at all) on either creativity or depression. There are no insights into creativity. And none into depression. Oh, and none on the link between the two!

In short, I was left neither feeling uplifted or intrigued by the (supposedly) brilliant creativity of the central character. Nor affected at all by her bi-polarity. In short, I was left both emotionless and having learnt nothing.

Really, I think you could gain more thoughts and emotions on creativity and/or depression by spending 10 minutes on Wikipedia (for free). And certainly if the author wrote about his own creativity, then that too would be interesting.

But this is like he's plucked a subject that he has no connection with out of the blue and been told to write an essay on it as if surveying it as a total outsider. Perhaps that's the point of it: to show the effects of it on a family which is ever having to circle a capricious ill character they don't understand. But then if the reader isn't let into understand them either... well, yes that too would work if the family was well drawn... but they are all horrible stereotypes.

Add to this, the fact that the story is disjointed and unconvincing. The only parts I think were worthwhile were the Quaker insights, the grown up child going back to live with a bereaved parent and to some extent, the character that revisits the scene of past teenage partying to find it all changed.

You know, I think the author really wanted to write about how he dealt with the tragic death of his brother in real life, as personified in one of lesser characters in this book. This was made evident right at the end. To me, his book started on the last page. Now if he wrote a book starting here, that would be something worth reading!
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The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
by Julia Cameron
Edition: Paperback

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A turning point, 28 Jun. 2005
I can't thank the author enough for writing this book. One by one in my desire to write I have hit most of the obstacles she talks about. This book has helped me overcome all of them: so called 'block', procrastination, self-doubt, other's criticisms, fear of failure, fear of success - you name it, she deals with it. At the end of each section are genuinely effective and inspiring exercises. Her point is: anyone can write, just relax, dig deep into your own well of experiences and emotions and get that pen moving every day even if for only twenty minutes - everything else will follow.

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