Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, – December 18, ) was an Irish- American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in Before reading Autobiography of a Face, I’d only read one thing by Lucy Grealy. It was “The Country of Childhood” from her As Seen on TV. HEALTH – Grealy’s cancer could be considered a main character since you see it grow throughout the memoir. It follows her, speaks to her and.
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I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a pote I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else.
At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer.
When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without autobiogrraphy and with considerable wit.
Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: Paperbackpages. Published March 18th by Harper Perennial first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Autobiography of a Faceplease sign up. I’m considering it for a class Jessica I’d say yes; it’s an incredible story with many areas by which excellent discussion and student writing can be parsed out. Does anyone know, or remember, the title of the book written by Lucy’s best friend?
It was basically about Lucy and told of her death from a heroin overdose at a young age. I listened to Patchett read the audio version; she’s a great reader as well as …more Ann Patchett’s memoir “Truth and Beauty. I listened to Patchett read the audio version; she’s aautobiography great reader as well as writer.
I’m about to write a blog post about her at http: See 2 questions about Autobiography of a Face…. Lists with This Book. Jul 24, Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves: At an early age, Lucy Grealy was found to have a rare form of cancer.
It would define the rest of her life. A third of her jawbone was removed to try to stem the spread of this cancer. She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments.
In addition, she had literally dozens of surgeries attempting to restore her face. Each time her body would eventually absorb transplanted material and sag back in on itself. Consider the garden-variety cruelty of m At an early age, Lucy Grealy was found to have a rare form of cancer.
Consider the garden-variety cruelty of middle-schoolers. Then add to it a severe autobiogdaphy disfigurement. The taunting and insults were constant. High school offered minimal relief. One benefit to Fzce of her many hospitalizations was that she got to skip so much school-time, so much taunting-time. She offers a blow-by-blow recounting of her medical trials, accompanied by the emotional turmoil that inevitably resulted.
How does one cope with a world that defines beauty as value when one is clearly damaged? Eventually, Grealy decided that she would become deep. If she could not succeed at being beautiful, facially, graely would become as smart as she could.
In an interview she said that beauty is a label.
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What people want is to be seen as graceful, to be accepted, to be loved, to be appreciated. Beauty is a label that people lay across things that we want. The same applies to wealth, which, per se, is meaningless, but stands in for other things, autobiograhy, power, freedom. This is a book about identity. Are you your face? Do you see yourself through the eyes of the world or through your own? Can you accept who you are, disfigurements and autobiograpgy She expresses appreciation for the fact that while she has had barriers to contend with, in many ways she was blessed, with a roof over her head, plenty to eat, clothing to wear, and sees how many people, people with perfectly normal faces, lack those basics.
The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask. There gealy a bit of distance here between the author and her emotions, but with such an intense, long-lasting trauma, a bit of distance may have been the only way that Grealy could have written her tale. It may not rank with great memoirs, but is an interesting, thoughtful gtealy engaging one.
PS – I learned, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become a successful poet and writer, had suffered an addiction to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and aktobiography of an overdose at age Patchett wrote about their friendship in Truth grwaly Beauty: View all 8 comments.
Grealy is a poet. Each sentence was crafted with so much love, meaning, and feeling. Throughout the book, she takes the reader into her confidence autobuography relating her complicated relationship with herself, and acceptance of her imperfections. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of nine, Autobiograaphy spends most of her child and adult life in and out of hospitals battling the disease, and then reconstructing her face due to the aftermath of invasive treatments.
I had tasted what it was like to feel loved, to feel whole, and I had liked that taste. No matter how philosophical my ideals, I boiled every equation down to these simple terms: Any Google search will fill you in on the details. I wish she had been able to overcome her past, and find her happiness.
What a deep loss. View all 19 comments. Nov 26, Ron rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is not especially sad, but the end may leave you with that feeling for you. Sometimes there is not perfect resolution. I felt pain for this child who lived through cancer, and later the woman she had become which included strength of perseverance, and acceptance. Battling cancer was only the first part of her journey. It could be said that the living with the deformity caused by the cancer and the surgeries were the hardest part.
After completing the book, I listened to an interview with Lucy Grealy. In the interview she was asked to explain her point in writing Autobiography of a Face. She said that ultimately it is about our identities: All of that based foremost on appearance. Looking back, I see that in her words.
Memoir in Review: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy | Emilia Judith Jordan
Many kids made fun. I was struck by the moment she described wearing a mask on Halloween. In that moment she was unbound. It was not the outward appearance of the mask that did this, but the confidence it provided a beautiful child whose self-identity had been shaped by her facial disfigurement. Lucy endured over 30 reconstructive surgeries throughout her lifetime to autobiogrpahy her jaw.
Hijacked by grief
She would come to terms with a final surgery in adulthood. View all 13 comments. Feb 22, Doneen rated it really liked it. I’m so glad I read this book after reading Ann Patchett’s “Truth and Beauty,” which was her take on the friendship between the two women.
I came away from reading the first book with a very skewed idea of what the relationship was like. I didn’t like Lucy Grealy at all–she came across as a self-involved neurotic who totally wasted her life and died of an accidental heroin overdose. After reading Lucy’s own account of her childhood cancer and all the hardships she endured because of her treatmen I’m so glad I read this book after reading Ann Patchett’s “Truth and Beauty,” which was her take on the friendship between the two women.
After reading Lucy’s own account of her childhood cancer and all the hardships she endured because of her treatments, I think I have a much more balanced idea of what courage she actually displayed. This book was written several years before she died so her life may have disintegrated toward the end, but I had to admire her courage and very unique perspective on her own life.
She had very little self-pity about her condition. The two books offer a stark contrast, with the truth probably being somewhere in the middle.