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What To Look For In Winter: A Memoir In Blindness (2012)

by Candia McWilliam(Favorite Author)
3.36 of 5 Votes: 4
0062094505 (ISBN13: 9780062094506)
review 1: Too dense and, ultimately, too dull. Although i liked some of the writing, I couldn't stick around for 200+ more pages. Another example of why novelists should stick to writing novels and forget about writing a memoir. I can't think of a single writer's memoir except maybe V. Woolf's diaries that I've truly enjoyed, and a posthumously published diary is not the same as conjuring up your autobiography out of thin self-absorbed air.
review 2: I spent a long time with this book as McWilliams meanders through her memories of her life while she is confronting increasing blindness caused by a rare disease. The depth of her knowledge of literature and language and of both the desire to see and be seen is remarkable. Much of her life is spent in Scotland and England an
... mored she weaves the tales of her alcoholism, writing, fears of dependence, utter dependence in ways that kept me going through this very long memoir. Read it when you have time to soak it up. less
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I won this from good reads giveaway...wasn't all that i expected but was a good read :)
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway!!!
Beautifully written, heartbreakingly honest.
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