Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

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Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

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It meant a six-month wait, during which time he developed problems with speech and speed of thought.

Elsewhere the giggles bubble up from fantastical figurative language, comparable to Dickens’ zany similes and persuasively builds the case for the ability of stories to offer hope and solace; to help us become ourselves, over and over, even in extremis. While it was entirely possible that 20 years could go by and I wouldn’t notice any difference, it was also possible it could be the trigger for all kinds of disastrous things happening to my body. But, after all that is a socially common response in most people in the presence of serious illness or bereavement. My eyes, for instance, have settled down in the last couple of years, which for me is hugely significant.

It was a shuffling in his legs that had made Douglas-Fairhurst seek medical advice – and now a neurologist confirmed the worst.Metamorphosis is the best book I have read about multiple sclerosis , and that is because it is about so much more. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

From Kafka to Barbellion, this is a literary map of the journey from the kingdom of the well to the land of the sick, and forwards into a hopeful future. At times he felt like Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days, buried up to her neck; or like Prufrock (“how his arms and legs are thin”); or like Robinson Crusoe (“No rest all night, violent pains in my head”). Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer View image in fullscreen Robert Douglas-Fairhurst in his room at Magdalen College, Oxford: ‘It’s a community. His books include Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist , which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland , which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and The Turning Point: A Year that Changed Dickens and the World . In essence, it is a way of rebooting the body’s faulty immune system, like a computer being turned on and off again.Don’t stop inviting me to things,” he asked friends in a long message on Facebook, “don’t even ask me how I am. But now he began to see them as part of a sinister jigsaw: a fiendish puzzle that would, he soon gathered, forever remain unsolvable. It took him deep into his own mind: his hopes, his fears, his loves and losses, and the books that would sustain, inform and nourish him as his life began to transform in ways he could never have imagined. Reading', he suggests, 'allows us to work out who we are by imagining who else we might have been, or who we might yet become.

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