Tiger's Eye

Tiger's Eye

A Memoir

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A prize-winning Australian historian chronicles her long struggle with an incurable liver disease and offers a detailed examination into the workings of the human memory and the construction of the self under the challenges of a disability. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
'A decade ago I fell ill' writes Inga Clendinnen. '"Fall" is the right word: it is almost as alarming and quite as precipitous as falling in love.' In this deeply personal book she takes us on a journey into dangerous territory in which her body, her mind and her life itself are irrevocably changed.
Waiting for the mysterious interventions of medical science, Clendinnen becomes fascinated with her new existence in the sealed world of hospital. And, as she waits, she begins to write: about her childhood, her parents, her own history. She recovers half-forgotten stories and invents new ones, exploring and mapping the obscure terrain that divides history from fiction and truth from memory.

Baker
& Taylor

An Australian historian chronicles her long struggle with an incurable liver disease and offers a detailed examination into the workings of the human memory and the construction of the self under the challenges of a disability.

Simon and Schuster
"A decade ago...I fell ill.'Fall' is the appropriate word; it is almost as alarming and quite as precipitous as falling in love." So begins Inga Clendinnen's beautifully written, revelatory memoir exploring the working of human memory and the construction of the self. In her early fifties, Clendinnen, Australia's award-winning historian of Mayan and Aztec history, was struck with an incurable liver disease, immobilized and forced to give up formal research and teaching. From her sickness comes a striking realization of literacy's protean possibilities: that writing can be a vital refuge from the debilitation of the body, and that the imagination can blossom as the body is enfeebled. Exiled from both society and the solace of history, and awaiting the mysterious interventions of medical science, Clendinnen begins to write: about her childhood in Australia, her parents, her neighbors, her own history. In addition to recovering half-forgotten stories -- about the town baker and his charming horse, Herbie, about the three elderly, reclusive sisters who let her into their clandestine world -- Clendinnen invents new ones to escape the confines of the hospital, with subjects ranging from the jealousies between sisters to a romantic, Kafkaesque encounter on a train. She also traces the physical, mental and moral impacts of her disease, and voices the terrifying drama of bizarre, vivid drug- and illness-induced hallucinations -- even one she had during her liver transplant. Along the way, Clendinnen begins to doubt her own memories, remembering things that she knows cannot have happened and realizing that true stories often produce a false picture of the whole. With her gifts for language and observation, Clendinnen deftly explores and maps the obscure terrain that divides history from fiction and truth from memory, as she tries to uncover the relationship between her former selves and the woman she is now. An exquisite hybrid of humorous childhood recollections, masterful fictions and probing history, Tiger's Eye is a uniquely powerful book about how illness can challenge the self -- and how writing can help one define and realize it.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2001
Edition: 1st Scribner ed
Description: 289 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780743206006
0743206002
Branch Call Number: 616.3623 Cle

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