Lifesaving: A Memoir / Edition 1

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New edition of the successful Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington, published originally in 1997, now in its 3rd printing with 18,000 copies in print. Acclaimed writing teacher Judith Barrington has updated her lively and encouraging book aimed at those aspiring to the highest literary standards, but useful, also, to those who want to record stories for family and friends. Topics include: finding form, telling the truth, using fictional techniques, developing sensory detail, writing about living people, placing a personal story in a larger context. Detailed writing exercises in each chapter; legal issues pertaining to memoir are explained in appendix.

Author Biography: Judith Barrington is author of Lifesaving: A Memoir (2000) and three volumes of poetry, Trying to Be an Honest Woman (1985), History and Geography (1989) and Horses and the Human Soul (forthcoming from Storyline Press 2002).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1963, when poet Barrington was 19, an event sliced her life in two: the cruise ship Lakonia departed Southampton, England, with her parents aboard. Three days later, north of Madeira, a fire broke out, and 131 passengers, including her parents, were left stranded without lifeboats and drowned. (Her mother had often predicted she would die at sea, yet Barrington's father had been fond of egging his wife into sailing races and other water sports.) In this accomplished memoir, Barrington recalls the three years that followed this incident, in which she fled to a small town in northern Spain; her book doubles as the lesbian coming-out story of a young woman who must resolve her truncated relationship with her parents. Flashbacks to a lonely childhood in which she couldn't connect with either parent and particularly despised her "pigheaded" father give way to a future in which Barrington is finally able to achieve a degree of resolution around her loss. And as Barrington recounts her adventures in Catalonia, where she worked as the tour guide at a busy winery, the narrative reveals the complex ways in which she began to find, and accept, herself. Throughout, her writing is superb; she evokes smalltown Spain under Franco in lush detail with solid philosophical insight into the tragedy that changed her life: "What I had gleaned from my parents' death was not that ships are dangerous, but that what you fear most is." Among the growing number of memoirs, this is a gem. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Barrington, a British poet and author, demonstrates her mastery of words in this coming-of-age story. Barrington's parents drowned as a result of a cruise ship fire when she was 19, and here she reflects on her search for her identity at a time when she was in denial of her parents' deaths. She goes to work in Spain, where her parents lived before she was born and where the family vacationed. The area and language are familiar to her, but she is enough of a foreigner that her somewhat strange behavior is excused. Barrington keeps herself so busy that she barely has the time or energy to deal with her loss. Finally, after three years, she is able to vent her emotions. She comes to realize how much she misses her parents and that she is not responsible for their deaths. What captivates the reader even more than the narrative is the wonderful prose the author employs in describing Spain and her life there. Recommended for all libraries.--Gina Kaiser, Univ. of the Sciences Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933377448
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Umbilical 13
I No Escape 27
The Road to Perelada 39
The Initiation 55
Paco's Mother 65
Senor Serra's Romance 75
Exhalations 91
Dream Time 101
Sleeping Around 109
El Cordobes 125
The Rain in Spain 139
II Making Waves 149
Stones 161
Lifesaving 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    A moving and exquisite memoir

    I read this straight through almost without stopping. It's beautifully written and is both sad and funny in parts. The author describes her reaction to the tragic deaths of her parents when she was 19 and sticks to this theme, even when it means jumping ahead by many years to show how she later resolved her feelings. Most of the book takes place during the three years when she lived and worked in Spain after the accident that killed her parents. This part is vivid and pulls you right into the time and place. You get the sense of a young woman trying to grow up but also letting loose with wild and reckless behavior while very lonely and sad underneath. There are great stories, some quite funny, about the people she got to know as well as subtle moments that show how bereft she felt, even though she wasn't yet ready to acknowledge the loss. This is a very true description of how we react to sudden loss, particularly when we are young. In the later parts of the book, she describes gradually coming to terms with the event and goes to visit the graves of her parents. Finally, in the last chapter, she really tackles it head on. This chapter is one of the most true and moving pieces of writing I've ever read. read.

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