The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

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5 Critic Reviews

This writer's own story is a central theme of this gripping book. When she flew the nest at 17, Solnit was presented by her parents with a broken suitcase and a travel clock that didn't work, and they never gave her anything else again.
-Guardian

Synopsis

This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost

In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness—Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.
 

About Rebecca Solnit

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Rebecca Solnit is the author of ten books. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Penguin Books. 271 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Faraway Nearby
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Robin Romm on Aug 16 2013

But for a writer who has made so much out of meandering, out of the brilliant possibilities that arise when we allow ourselves to get lost, her reliance on digressions and ellipses here, her lavish inclusivity and loose threads, prevent the reader from experiencing the ultimate joy of the form she celebrates...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sara Wheeler on Jun 08 2013

This writer's own story is a central theme of this gripping book. When she flew the nest at 17, Solnit was presented by her parents with a broken suitcase and a travel clock that didn't work, and they never gave her anything else again.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Marina Warner on Jun 07 2013

Solnit is a maker of maps both imaginary and real, and her new book begins with a surprise bounty of apricots, fallen one summer from a single tree in the house of Solnit's mother the summer before her death.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

...Solnit subtly touches on subject ranging from Guevara’s contact with leprosy patients as he traveled around Latin America in the 1950s to the reach of Buddhism to Icelandic history, to her own health crisis—and all in her enormously fluid style.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jon Day on Jun 21 2013

Occasionally the leaps between stories and subjects feel slightly forced...

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