Not majorly so, just a slight shade off from totally true. Anyone who has any lingering doubts that children to be specific, in this case, boys can be routinely and The autobiography of a face cruel beyond adult comprehension will be disabused by this book.
High school offered minimal relief. Next she undergoes two years of radiation therapy and chemo treatment, followed by another six months of chemo. This intensely moving and beautifully written memoir constitutes a powerful challenge to a society obsessed with physical perfection. Then there are a series of surgeries to reconstruct her facial features with the first several being abysmal failures.
Different books are written at different levels of closeness and intimacy, and there are a lot of choices an author has to make to create that consistent level, or varying the distance over the arc of a story.
Lucy is very cerebral and she comes up with all kinds of mental gymnastics to avoid her situation. Lucy was an artist, and she was beautiful. The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask.
By the time she begins work there, she has had several surgeries, and her face is oddly shaped, invariably attracting attention. Lucy misses a great deal of school but continues on through college, initially planning to attend medical school but eventually settling for poetry.
I think in some ways it helps things but in other ways it may hurt her. She encourages Lucy to do the same, and Lucy valiantly tries not to cry, feeling a sense of failure whenever she does give in to the emotions or tears.
Arguably, the time she spends with horses is among the happiest of her childhood, though she says that she comes to be comfortable in the hospital as well. An article I read has quotes from her mother and twin sister that also allude to some big family struggles and problems.
She focuses on things like trying not to cry at chemotherapy. It took more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance. Even into adulthood, she admits that her life is on hold as she waits for a new face - the face she deserves - to be achieved by the doctors.
One benefit to Grealy of her many hospitalizations was that she got to skip so much school-time, so much taunting-time. Lucy says that she got the job as a result of calling on the phone and not mentioning her disfigurement; she remains there four years.
Throughout her struggle, Lucy finds solace in fantasies and in spending time with horses, creatures she values for their nobility and the fact that they do not judge her by her appearance. She is aware, even then, that their comments have nothing to do with her, that they are about enabling the boys to appear cool to their friends.
A case in point is when she is daily confronted by the mockery of the boys at high school over lunch. The effects of this treatment worsen as Lucy grows older and becomes more convinced of her supposed ugliness.
This reality dawns on her with a slow shock. This is a book about identity. A third of her jawbone was removed to try to stem the spread of this cancer. Do you see yourself through the eyes of the world or through your own?
She locates yet another plastic surgeon, and this time the process meets with more success. At the age of 9, Lucy collides with a classmate during a game of dodgeball.
Until that time, she had to live with the daily torture of peer rejection and the growing fear of never being loved. And it could have been, in some way, truer. It becomes very easy to project your feelings while reading it onto her. It could have grounded things and given the book another dimension.
On the contrary, this is a joyous book, full of humor and lucid insights of the heart and mind that lift readers beyond pain to a realm of compassion and self-knowledge. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. There is 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.
But then I thought, maybe this is what happens without that tether. She has a few months of comparative bliss with the horse before he suddenly dies.
I felt bad for her, but not exactly in a pity way, more empathy.Lucinda Margaret Grealy was a poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescence experience with cancer of the jaw, which left her with some facial disfigurement.4/5.
Published inAutobiography of a Face is award-winning poet Lucy Grealy’s prose debut, a widely-celebrated memoir concerning the author’s struggles with cancer and disfigurement.
At the age of 9, Lucy collides with a classmate during a game of dodgeball. 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 essay collection, and it was about her experience becoming an American citizen (she was originally from Ireland). "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 potentially terminal /5(47).
Autobiography of a face is the autobiography of Lucy Grealy, a very talented writer. It tells of her first struggles as a child, all the way to after her college days.
It takes you in depth into the hospital world as if you were her, being treated and operated on/5(56). In her moving memoir, Autobiography of a Face, award-winning poet Lucy Grealy describes her life as a cancer victim who, at nine years old, has part of her jaw removed.
From then on, she endures operation after operation in order to reconstruct her disfigured face, and suffers cruel taunts from classmates and uneasy stares from their parents.Download