Can You Tolerate This? : Essays - Young, Ashleigh

Can You Tolerate This? : Essays

Ashleigh Young

Yayınevi: Riverhead

Yayın tarihi: 07/2019

ISBN: 9780525534044

İngilizce | 256 Sayfa | 14,00 x 21,00 x 1,50 cm.

Tür: Deneme

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From the prizewinning writer heralded as "Lena Dunham from Down Under" (Vogue), a wry and luminous collection of essays on youth and aging, ambition and loneliness, the limitations of the body and fierce, complicated attachments to home.

Youth and frailty, ambition and anxiety, the limitations of the body and the challenges of personal transformation: these are the undercurrents that animate acclaimed poet Ashleigh Young's first collection of essays. In Can You Tolerate This?--the title comes from the question chiropractors ask to test a patient's pain threshold--Young ushers us into her early years in the faraway yet familiar landscape of New Zealand: fantasizing 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 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 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.

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