Can You Tolerate This?
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A subtly dazzling - and already prizewinning - collection of essays on youth and aging, ambition and disappointment, Katherine Mansfield tourism and New Zealand punk rock, and the limitations of the body.
Personal issues such as body image, eating disorders, social anxiety, and the challenges of personal transformation are the turbulent undercurrents that animate this diverse, acutely observed new essay collection. In Can You Tolerate This? - the title comes from the question chiropractors ask to test your pain threshold - the acclaimed writer Ashleigh Young ushers us into her early life in the communities of Te Kūiti and Wellington, New Zealand: fantasizing about Paul McCartney, cheering on her older brother's fledging music career, and yearning for a larger, more interesting life. As her perspective expands, a series of unexpected historical portraits - a boy who grew new bone wherever he was injured, an early French postman who built a stone fortress by hand, a generation of Japanese shut-ins - strike unexpected harmonies with her own life, as an unselfconscious childhood gives way to painful shyness in adolescence. As we watch her fall in and out of love, undertake an intense yoga practice that masks an eating disorder, and gradually find herself through her writing, a highly particular psyche comes into view: curious, tender, and exacting in her observations of herself and the world around her. Can You Tolerate This? offers a vivid self-portrait of an introspective yet widely curious young woman and the colorful, isolated community in which she comes of age. The result is the debut of a writer of subtle command and lasting power.
Book details and technical specifications
Published: September 2017
Number of pages: not specified
Width: 13 mm
Height: not specified
Depth: 19.7 mm
Publisher: not specified