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by Lucy Grealy

Free eBook Autobiography of a Face download ISBN: 006097673X
Author: Lucy Grealy
Publisher: HarpPeren; English Language edition (July 20, 1995)
Language: English
Pages: 223
Category: Biography and Memoir
Subcategory: Professionals and Academics
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Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful-or even pleasingly . LUCY GREALY (1963–2002) was an award-winning poet and a memoirist.

Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful-or even pleasingly average-face. Written in a voice that is both compelling and insightful, Autobiography of a Face seems to mirror back to readers something relevant to their own lives. In addition to Autobiography of a Face, she was the author of the essay collection As Seen on TV: Provocations.

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For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. Autobiography of a face, Lucy Grealy. p. cm. ISBN 0-395-65780-6. 2. Ewing's ted States-Biography. 3. Disfigured persons-United States-Biography. Other author's books: Autobiography of a Face.

It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood cancer and surgery that left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl, she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the paralyzing fear of never being loved. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 27 сент.

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Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, 1963 – December 18, 2002) was an Irish-American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in 1994

Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, 1963 – December 18, 2002) was an Irish-American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in 1994. This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescent experience with cancer of the jaw, which left her with some facial disfigurement. In a 1994 interview with Charlie Rose conducted right before she rose to the height of her fame, Lucy stated that she considered her book to be primarily about the issue of "identity.

Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful - or even . At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates.

Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful - or even pleasingly average - face. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit.

It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after . Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy.

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Autobiography of a Face book. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life.

The bestselling memoir by a woman who survived terminal illness only to confront the tragedy of being deemed unacceptable in a world that worships physical beauty.
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What an amazing story. I too, faced many childhood facial surgeries, though not for something as vicious as cancer.. But it does affect how a girl sees herself. This woman not only had to beat cancer and the damage that the cancer "cures" did to her face, but she also had to find ways to survive the constant feelings of never ever being pretty enough to be loved.

I read some reviews on Goodreads by people who said she was a whiner. Maybe because I had a taste of what she went through, I realize how devastating it can be to your self-esteem to have facial surgery after facial surgery after facial surgery. Always swollen and bruised. Always "knowing" you are damaged goods; ugly and unlovable. They are not criticizing the writing or the story, just the fact that they had to look at something "ugly".

This is a true story and worth the read. Especially if you know someone with a disfiguring illness or damage. It gives some insight into what it's like...not just the physical trauma, but the damage done to their self-view. The only cure for that is love.
kewdiepie
Lucy Grealy vividly describes her painful childhood and the horrendous journey she traveled due to a childhood cancer that stole her life. At age nine Lucy undergoes several operations to remove a cancerous tumor in her jaw. She is left disfigured and also placed in the position of having to endure 2 years of heavy chemotherapy. The repercussions of this are inconceivable.
What makes this true tale readable is Lucy Grealy's ability to write from a child's perspective while her observations are that of an adult. The story is beyond interesting and sucks you into her life.
Anyone who has ever been bullied or teased needs to multiply it by life to get a glimpse of what living under her coat is like.
Much of the story is Lucy having operation after painful operation to try to regain what most of us take for granted, normalcy. I loved her story because rarely have I read a personal account of ones tribulations that shows all the narcissism,self absorption and
Self pity that all of us feel at times in our life and for much lesser reasons. Lucy is brilliant and her writing is effortless. Her observations of her doctors,classmates, family and friends are dead on with obtuse insight. This is unlike any other book you will ever read and will stay with you for life.
Dikus
This is the second time I've read this book. I reread it because I just finished reading Ann Patchett's book about her relationship with Lucy, 'Truth and Beauty," which began freshman year of college. The book was even more interesting the second time because I had so much more information about Lucy and her relationships and possibly also because this time I knew how Lucy's story would end. The book was not at all diminished by my new perspective, if anything it was improved. It is a compelling and fascinating story and one you almost never are privy to, what it feels like to live so visibly damaged. What that feels like expressed so beautifully. It is utterly heartbreaking and she is absolutely brilliant. Her honesty is frightening at times. The courage it must have taken to write this makes me catch my breath. I recommend this book highly and also recommend reading Ann Patchett's gorgeous book about her relationship with Lucy, 'Truth and Beauty."
Groll
A friend of mine recently asked me for a reading recommendation, something outside of their usual crime/fantasy/romance genre. The first book that came to mind was Lucy Grealy's `Autobiography of a Face'. It is a biography/memoir, and one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I was so insistent in my recommendation to this friend that I decided to go back and re-read the book myself. And it's just as moving and horrifyingly powerful as I remembered.

`Autobiography of a Face' was first published in 1994, to much critical and commercial acclaim, and is a New York Times `notable book'.

When Lucy Grealy was nine-years-old, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that has around about 5% survival rate. Lucy's cancer was in her jaw, and over the next five years she had several facial reconstructive surgeries that removed a third of her jawbone.

Grealy recounts her time spent in hospital. Her parents tireless bedside vigils and sense of hopelessness as they watched their daughter experience excruciating pain, and come out the other side victorious. Lucy likens her survival to climbing Mount Eiger; a seemingly impossible feat, a miracle.

But the crux of Grealy's memoir is what came after she survived. The taunts from her classmates and stares from strangers were a different sort of suffering . . . there was no justification for peoples seeming scorn, for their cruel words. And no end in sight, since Lucy's disfigurement was now a part of her.

Lucy Grealy's biography is an exploration into identity. Her disfigurement made her an outsider, physically `other' and clearly different. In `Autobiography of a Face' Grealy meticulously and ferociously recounts her transition from a normal nine-year-old New Yorker, to veritable `freak show', whose very appearance seemed to invite people to gawk and stare.

It's not just strangers and classmates whose treatment of Lucy affected her. Her parents too, are guilty of imprinting on Lucy a feeling of difference and `other' in the wake of her surgery. Upon leaving the hospital her father is bumbling and embarrassed, barely meeting his daughter's eye. During a wig fitting for his post-chemo daughter, her father goes into a painful comedy routine which Lucy forgives him for because she understands his awkwardness around her now. When she returns to school, Lucy's mother buys her multiple short-sleeved turtlenecks, and when Lucy asks why she'd want to wear turtlenecks in the spring, her mother replies; "If you wear something that comes up around your neck, it makes the scar less visible." Lucy, as memoirist, now understands that her parents were simply trying to limit the fallout - obviously they knew the truthfulness behind "children can be so cruel", and were finding ways to pre-emptively help their daughter. Looking back on their behaviour, Lucy is also forgiving of them because they were adjusting to Lucy's difference just as much as she was - their daughter had changed, irrevocably, from what they once knew her as, and there had to be a period of awkward adjustment. But Lucy's retelling of these memories, crystalline in their remembrance, hints that even these moments with her parents affected and hurt her.

The worst moments come from Lucy's classmates. She remembers every insult; every hurtful word is imprinted in her memory; "That is the ugliest girl I have ever seen." When Lucy returns to school she is 14, and older boys on the schoolyard are particularly cruel, entering into a game of one-upmanship in their taunts. Lucy again looks back on this with cold clarity, deciding that they were out to impress each other, commenting on her looks even from a sexual standpoint: "I realized they were passing judgement on my suitability, or lack of it, as a girlfriend." Understanding she may be, but Grealy doesn't exactly forgive these people for their cruelties.

I first read Grealy's book when I was 14/15, and it was perfect timing. I was just at that age when you start comparing your body to other people's, and noticing flaws in yourself by comparison. It was also at that time when boys started taking an interest in certain girls, while ignoring others. Grealy's book really threw all my body-flaw panic into stark reality, and upon re-reading I am struck by how much Grealy's book remains an important critique of `beauty' and society's preoccupation with the status-quo.

Part of the reason Grealy's biography is so compelling and easy to read (especially for those unused to biographies) is simply her bitter honesty and lacking sentimentality. She is very much looking back on the events of her life and recounting them as an adult, imbuing them with an adult understanding, dissection and wit. She isn't coaxing sympathy from the reader (though you'll give it, undoubtedly) and she's not being deliberately sappy or `woe is me.' And that makes her recounting of these events all the more painful to read. Grealy is taking away all the cushioning prose and flowery explanations, and just writing stark facts. It's incredible that someone who has been through as much as she can look back on these profound moments with such pure cadence and honesty.

And Grealy does write beautifully, I'd even say that she writes nakedly. There's that old quote that goes; "Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed." Lucy Grealy does just that. She pours everything onto the page and holds nothing back. What is left are some frighteningly candid and earnest observations of the human condition and cruelty.

Lucy Grealy, it should be noted, found some semblance of peace when she was accepted into Sarah Lawrence College at the age of 18. It was here that she nurtured a love of words and met influential and accepting friends, among them Ann Patchett (who would go on to write her own memoir on their friendship in 2004, titled `Truth and Beauty: A Friendship'). Grealy became a renowned poet, and went on to win two Academy of American Poets awards. But in 2002 she underwent a final reconstructive surgery, after which she became addicted to OxyContin. She died of a heroin overdose in 2002. She was only 39.

`Autobiography of a Face' is one of those remarkable books that live in your heart after you read it. I first discovered this book when I was 14, some ten years later and it's just as powerful as I remembered, and a re-reading left me just as battered and grateful as it did the first time round.