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Things I Don't Want To Know (2013)

by Deborah Levy(Favorite Author)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 1
1907903631 (ISBN13: 9781907903632)
Notting Hill Editions
review 1: A brilliant read, Orwell's key points picked up by a female writer in the final quarter of the twentieth century to make a highly engaging review of the ways in which politics, journalism, artistry and ego have driven her to write. Reading it back to back with Orwell's, having read his nearly ten years before, I found Levy's more compelling and packed with new ideas. Exactly what you'd want from a contemporary writer.
review 2: Heather Hartley (Paris Editor, Tin House Magazine): Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know: On Writing is a response to George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” and in her memoir, just over 100 pages, Levy combines sharp wit and a dark sense of humor along with questions about literary influence, childhood and wanderlust.
... moreLyrical, probing, full of thoughts on longing and belonging, the quote on the book’s front cover brings into focus (and with capital letters as noted here) the compelling story in Things I Don’t Want To Know: “To become a WRITER, I had to learn to INTERRUPT, to speak up, a little louder, and then LOUDER, and then to just speak in my own voice which is NOT LOUD AT ALL.” Published by the London independent publisher Notting Hill Editions whose “commitment [is] . . . reinvigorating the essay as a literary form,” the book itself is beautiful, with a marine blue cloth-bound hardback cover and thick cream-colored pages. Things I Don’t Want To Know is definitely a memoir to know all about. less
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I loved this essay, sharp and feisty with long gorgeous sentences that tumble over one another.
Some fine parts, some not-so-fine bits.
Fantastic, powerful, painful.
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