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Can You Tolerate This?

Young, Ashleigh

9781925336443

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Price: $24.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781925336443
Published: September 2017

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An intellectually curious, prize-winning collection that delicately probes the boundaries of the essay, exploring isolation, debilitating shyness, the limitations of the body, and the challenges of personal transformationIn Can You Tolerate This? - the title comes from the question chiropractors ask to test a patient's pain threshold - Ashleigh Young ushers us into her early years in the faraway yet familiar landscape of New Zealand: fantasising about Paul McCartney, cheering on her older brother's fledging music career, and yearning for a larger and more creative life. As Young's perspective expands, a series of historical portraits - a boy with a rare skeletal disease, a French postman who built a stone fortress by hand, a generation of Japanese shut-ins - strike unexpected personal harmonies, as an unselfconscious childhood gives way to painful shyness in adolescence. As we watch Young 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. How to bear each moment of experience: the inconsequential as much as the shattering? In this spirited and singular collection of essays, Ashleigh Young attempts to find some measure of clarity amidst the uncertainty - and her search takes us through poignant, funny and emotionally raw territories.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781925336443
Published: September 2017

Number of pages: not specified
Width: 13 mm
Height: not specified
Depth: 19.7 mm

Publisher: not specified

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