Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life Kindle õ

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life Kindle õ

Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life ➵ [Reading] ➷ Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life By Brenda Walker ➪ – A memoir of reading and healingThe first time Brenda Walker packed her bag to go into hospital she wondered which book to take with her As a novelist and professor of literature her life had been buil A memoir of reading and Moonlight: How PDF/EPUB ¼ healingThe first time Brenda Walker packed her bag to go into hospital she wondered which book to take Reading by MOBI :å with her As a novelist and professor of literature her life had been built around reading and writing Now she was also a patient by Moonlight: How PDF/EPUB ¶ being treated for breast cancer fighting for her life and afraid for herself and her family But turning to medicine didn't mean she turned by Moonlight: How books Saved PDF/EPUB ² away from fiction books had always been her solace and sustenance and now choosing the right one was the most important thing she could do for herselfIn Reading by Moonlight Brenda describes the five stages of her treatment and how different books and authors helped her through the tumultuous process of recovery As well as offering wonderful introductions and insights into the work of writers like Dante Tolstoy Nabokov Beckett and Dickens Brenda shows how the very process of reading – surrendering and then regathering yourself – echoes the process of healingReading by Moonlight guides reassures throws light on dark places and finds beauty in the stories that come to us in times of jeopardy It affirms that reading can be essential to life itself.

10 thoughts on “Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life

  1. Lynley Lynley says:

    Last month's book club selection selected by the local library I hasten to add was William McInnes' memoir in which we contemplated the sad death of Sarah Watts due to cancer This month we have another tale of breast cancer which may say something about who STRL think comprises the members of their book clubs And they would be right of course Whether any of the middle aged women in my book club enjoy reading about the journey of breast cancer is another matter of course I'll find out on ThursdayI did enjoy the cancer part of the book because with all the Pink Ribbon breast cancer campaigning very little is actually said about the experience of the disease because 'awareness' does not eual 'education' If you want to really know how it might feel to be diagnosed with breast cancer this steam of consciousness tale will give you a pretty good idea not that any two experiences are the samePossibly about half of the book is an ode to reading and counter intuitively reading about reading does not feel like genuine reading I'm not the target audience for this book I haven't read a single one of the works Walker writes about Some I do intend to get to but others no and so I found myself zoning out at intricate and no doubt intelligent responses to great works in the same way I always zone out when anyone recounts the plot of anything everFunnily enough I feel less terrified of cancer than I did before reading the book If I'm ever in a doctor's office and told I've got cancer I may well return to this as some kind of solace In the meantime I really hope our next book club book has no cancer in it whatsoever

  2. David David says:

    I've dipped into this book many times before One of the ualities I love about it is the way that for some reason you can read a passage from any part of the book and the passage you read seems so self contained and to be able to stand on its own as a work of literature I think of it like an orange and you can divide it into segments and each segment has the full orange experience I find it a very comforting book

  3. Rachel Rachel says:

    A book that unfortunately didn't uite live up to its interesting premise though at least I now have some new books to add to my to read list It started off well drawing striking connections between the author's experience with breast cancer and the books eg The Divine Comedy Beckett's trilogy from which she drew sustenance throughout her recovery There were some uietly meditative moments in which she reflected on the power of literature to 'save a life' not literally but by providing a brief opportunity to escape from one's own life and slip into another's skin However these threads often strayed into literary analysis of various books and took a deadly toll on the pace of the narrative Not altogether terrible as some other reviewers might have you believe but still not a book I would revisit or wholeheartedly recommend

  4. Lee Kofman Lee Kofman says:

    There were many interesting passages in this book and Walker introduced me to some books I never heard of and would like now to read But overall as I read I was only mildly interested and mostly irritated This is because Walker wrote about 2 potentially urgent topics surviving breast cancer literature but her book ended up being very 'safe' not very revealing personally full of pretty but empty phrases and metaphors And it totally lacks humour

  5. Sonya Madden Sonya Madden says:

    This is a beautiful and amazing book I read it in 3 days I loved the writing and was so taken by some of the beautiful paragraphs I would sigh happily before turning the next page The concept of books saving a life is magnificent Please read this book it will long be a book that I happily go back too and read again

  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    It's hard not to feel guilty when you don’t really enjoy a book if it’s written by someone you pityTo see my review please visit

  7. Stephen Irwin Stephen Irwin says:

    An important book realised with impeccable style about the nourishing and vital power of books

  8. Madison Madison says:

    There are some books that make you fall in love with reading all over again This is one of those books

  9. Diane Challenor Diane Challenor says:

    A joy to read for the second time Her words sing to me Beautiful beautiful

  10. Meg Dunley Meg Dunley says:

    This whole plot the beginning middle and end had been lived before by others but I had to live through it myself to understand it to know that agony can be an analgesic that the memory of pain can itself be a painkiller Paul Theroux in The New Yorker as uoted in Brenda' bookBrenda Walker's book Reading by Moonlight how books saved a life is ultimately about Brenda's journey of breast cancer from the beginning through the middle to the end living it and learning about it and in particular her reading journey through or to be precise her memory of the books that she has read over her lifetime that in some way served to help her through this treatment to survival She tells of her truthful pain and decisions that a woman must make along the way during the process of the treatment like the decision of whether or not to get cosmetic surgery or not It is a very heavily reference novel with at least 52 references to books or publications throughout the book that are in sometimes in such detail that they detract from her very well structured and heartfelt story The references that she uses whilst they are all very relevant to her journey and story at times seem to be fleshing it out a little too much and making this piece of writing a little bit self indulgent showing off how well read she is In many ways this feels like an academic piece an English literature book one that I should be taking notes on I did which explores all of these books in relation to her circumstances Where it fails most I think is that she has not given enough context of herself I was left with a sense of hollowness of who she was without a depth of her son and a real sense of her place where she lived I I didn't get a real feel for where she was other than in the west of Australia which is a big state Her son once introduced was lost forgotten I was left wondering about the impact that this had on him I am aware that she wanted to write about the books but the personal emotional journey is important to the reader toWhere Brenda did really well was to give a fantastic insight into the process of breast cancer treatment the difficulty of it and that through the distraction of books and readings she was able to survive and to look forward not back and be grateful or as Robinson Crusoe said I am here not there We read this for our book club and the scoring in our book club was from 210 610 Most felt that the uotations were arduous and a distraction to the story A couple really enjoyed the references and the re storytelling of them that Brenda did of them Brenda highlighted how incredibly wellread she is and most of the book club had wished that she have given of herself to the book rather than her book reviews

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