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Sight by Jessie Greengrass

T selfish too to have a child and stay the same or not to have one unless the only honest choice would have been to try to become this kinder version of myself without the need to bring another into it Sight is about X rays psychoanalysi. Like my GR friends Neil and Sarah I thought I would give this book 2 stars while reading it but then ended up rating it higher and I guess the reason for this is that the core idea of the text is good but the execution is severely lacking Greengrass plays with the concepts of sight and insight and how the desire to see the world and to understand it are intertwined Her protagonist is a woman who is expecting her second child and a lot of the story is her contemplating and trying to understand her roles as a mother a partner a daughter and a granddaughter Which brings us to the the first issue I had with the book Her thoughts and observations are pretty unoriginal and also overblown in a sense that many cases of stating the obvious are presented as cutting edge ideas which makes for an annoying reading experience What is new and original about the text though is how Greengrass creates a montage in which she juxtaposes her protagonist s musings with other people s uest to gain new perspectives and insights while balancing family relations namely The Brothers Lumi re Auguste and Louis revolutionized the concept of seeing by inventing the cinematograph which means that they were the first filmmakers in history Wilhelm Conrad R ntgen and his wife Bertha R ntgen of course invented the X ray he literally looked inside people Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna The inventor of psychoanalysis wanted to look inside his patient s minds John Hunter and his brother William They were pioneers as surgeons and anatomists soyou get the ideaUnfortunately the montage techniue is very clumsy with Greengrass simply interspersing the text with huge paragraphs about the inventors and scientists named above it s not exactly meeting the Clemens Meyer elegance standard for postmodern extravanganza if you know what I mean Plus the author is guilty of another literary crime She is explaining her concept to us in the text We re not stupid Greengrass we get it especially as you are really really hammering it home Good basic idea but for me this was not an enjoyable book Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide psychoanalysi. Like my GR friends Neil and Sarah I thought I would give this book 2 stars while reading it but then ended up rating it higher and I guess the reason for this is that the core idea of the text is good but the execution is severely lacking Greengrass Las Puertas Del Amor plays with the concepts of sight and insight and how the desire to see the world and to understand it are intertwined Her Discoveries protagonist is a woman who is expecting her second child and a lot of the story is her contemplating and trying to understand her roles as a mother a Idenics pretty unoriginal and also overblown in a sense that many cases of stating the obvious are Night Owl Loonette presented as cutting edge ideas which makes for an annoying reading experience What is new and original about the text though is how Greengrass creates a montage in which she juxtaposes her Deadshifted (Edie Spence, protagonist s musings with other El agujero del infierno people s uest to gain new The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) perspectives and insights while balancing family relations namely The Brothers Lumi re Auguste and Louis revolutionized the concept of seeing by inventing the cinematograph which means that they were the first filmmakers in history Wilhelm Conrad R ntgen and his wife Bertha R ntgen of course invented the X ray he literally looked inside Teddy people Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna The inventor of Calling Me Home psychoanalysis wanted to look inside his Mr. Francis Wife pioneers as surgeons and anatomists soyou get the ideaUnfortunately the montage techniue is very clumsy with Greengrass simply interspersing the text with huge The Shadow People paragraphs about the inventors and scientists named above it s not exactly meeting the Clemens Meyer elegance standard for

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The extraordinary first novel from the author of the prizewinning An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw ItIt seemed at times an act of profound selfishness to have a child so that I might become a parent; bu. I knew I wanted to read Jessie Greengrass s debut novel from the moment I first read about it SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMAN S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018It took two weeks for my hardcopy to arrive in the mail after I ordered it I felt very drawn to this novel very reflective very literary very much a woman s book I did plenty of my own reflection as well Sight is about being a parent and a childbirth and death The subject of mother s women children birth and death sits with me deeper this time of year May June than any other My own birthday is at the end of May My mother s was the first week in June My older sister s the end of June our tripod female birthday s growing up without a man in our houseand my mother died in June May is also Mother s Day My two daughters call May mommy month The way I remember the busy years of parenting our daughters was May was so busy with their activities theatre performances swim meets etc I uietly felt loss in the shuffle I knew I had a birthday Mother s Day in May but some of those years were kids month in my eyes Yesterday the movie Tully opened with Charlie Theron It tore me up A movie about motherhood The performance by Theron was so real so raw I was aching with tears I admit to being extra sensitive these days too But every mother could relate to the exhaustionif nothing else May is suppose to be my happy month My daughters will be home visiting soonBeautiful grown adults here to enjoy our relationships no longer do I need to rush around from the theater to the swimming pool It really is mommy month now ButI m looking at life in ways these days I never did before and it s somewhat frightening STILL GRATEFULjust a little scaredlife has been throwing a lot of challenges all at once I knew it would take effort to go to the movie yesterday For a girl who loves to hike as much as reading I m struggling with walking to my car from the front door of my house these days without pain I woke up from my last nose repair surgery two weeks ago with some nerve problem coming from my spin I m in physical therapy almost daily with a scheduled MRI this week but as I was struggling walking slow to the movie I notice every person in wheel chairs or people with walkers with fear and sadness I already have a bionic ankle which will need replacement again in about 7 10 years Walking is high on my list of important Since I turned 65 last May it s been one thing after another the shit kept hitting the fan with medical physical thingsskin cancer loss 12 of a nose 4 surgeriesosteoporosis diagnosisnow struggling with walkingand for a little over 2 months nowI live with painful ulcer sores in the inside of my mouth It s an autoimmune disease called Lichen Planus I m still trying to get it to go away No success yet none of the medications have worked Sowhy share all this Sometimes a book a movie or both lands in our hands when we need it most The uestion I m sitting with is what am I to take from this book From the movie yesterday I tie them both together for some reasonIt s MOTHER SFEMALE MONTHThis book is a powerful reminder HAPPY MOTHER S DAY to all my female friends here even if not a mother as all women are mothers A couple thoughtsthen I ll focus directly on the novel SIGHT 1I wondered how I would have felt about this book if I read it when my mother was alive and before giving birth I think it would have been incredibly beneficial2I d love my daughters to read this book not yetbut when they are in another cycle of their lives they don t have children nor do they plan tobut I believe every woman goes through the mothering stage at one time or another in some form in their lives Now about SightIt s not a book for everyone But I do think almost any reader who appreciates literary fiction at all would at least be incredibly impressed and moved by Jessie Greengrass s stunning writing Hard to believe this is a debut The narrator s recollections are of her mother her mother s death and of her grandmother who was a psychoanalyst Intertwined the narrator shares major medical discoveries the X Ray by Wilhelm RontgenSigmund Freud s workand science about the anatomy of pregnant bodies I found the science history of the book interesting but less absorbing than when the narrator was personal grappling with grief and or worry directly connected with her own life She and Johannes definitely wanted to have a baby but she was sincerely worriedwould she be a good mother Fear hit her hard while caring for her terminally ill mother The recollection shorty after her mother died not only moved me but I reflected on a similar experience with my own mother My mom died alone She was found dead on her kitchen floor I have replayed her moments before her death a million times Buta specific memory came to me when we were almost happy togetherAND SO WAS OUR NARRATOR WITH HER MOTHER At last even with me always present the work of caring for my mother at home became too much One morning struggling from her bed to the bathroom pushing a walking frame in front of her she stumbled and fell sitting down heavily on the carpet She was unhurt but no longer had the strength to stand back up and although for a while I tried to right her tugging her this way and that bringing various items of furniture to use as props or levers I was unable to lift her weight I had to call an ambulance because she wasn t a priority we sat for hours side by side on the bedroom floor waiting for it to arrive I made us lunch sandwiches to eat on our knees the sort I have picnic she had made me sometimes as a child on rainy Saturdays and the fragile cast of this memory brought a kind of complicity between us a resurgence of the intimacy that we had once possessed so that for a while it was almost as though we were happy As for thoughts of becoming a mother Sometimes when I saw a woman in a caf pick up a baby from a pram I felt a weight in my own arms a heaviness where nothing was and the force of my longing for a child was such that I had to turn away but still I could only feel how impossible it was that I should ever manage such complicated love And just before giving birth I find that when I think of my mother now it is not have that version of herself which she became when ill nor of how was when throughout my childhood compromise forced her into unspectacular unhappiness but rather it is at this woman whom I never knew whose face bends down to meet her child s whose hands I close who smiles I feel such tenderness towards her She must have known so little then of what it is to have a child but had to learn it all from scratch and did as I have done and all the rest of us learning from the moment we are born how to be one single version of ourselves with all the losses that entails I am so used to thinking of my mother is someone who is complete her life concluded that to imagine her at this moment caught during those few weeks when everything was briefly and for both of us possibility is to feel her startlingly close her death unwound She is not shut and done with but persists and I am glad Really beautifultenderemotional heartfeltpoignant NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 prizewinning An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw ItIt seemed at times an act of Acquiring the Mind of Christ profound selfishness to have a child so that I might become a The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster parent; bu. I knew I wanted to read Jessie Greengrass s debut novel from the moment I first read about it SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMAN S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018It took two weeks for my hardcopy to arrive in the mail after I ordered it I felt very drawn to this novel very reflective very literary very much a woman s book I did The Purple Headed Mountain parenting our daughters was May was so busy with their activities theatre Stone Circles of Britain performances swim meets etc I uietly felt loss in the shuffle I knew I had a birthday Mother s Day in May but some of those years were kids month in my eyes Yesterday the movie Tully opened with Charlie Theron It tore me up A movie about motherhood The Blue leader performance by Theron was so real so raw I was aching with tears I admit to being extra sensitive these days too But every mother could relate to the exhaustionif nothing else May is suppose to be my happy month My daughters will be home visiting soonBeautiful grown adults here to enjoy our relationships no longer do I need to rush around from the theater to the swimming The Queen Con (The Golden Arrow pool It really is mommy month now ButI m looking at life in ways these days I never did before and it s somewhat frightening STILL GRATEFULjust a little scaredlife has been throwing a lot of challenges all at once I knew it would take effort to go to the movie yesterday For a girl who loves to hike as much as reading I m struggling with walking to my car from the front door of my house these days without The Rite pain I woke up from my last nose repair surgery two weeks ago with some nerve Black Popular Culture problem coming from my spin I m in HEG (HISTORIA DE ESPAÑA) BACHARELATO AULA 3D: Historia De España. 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S and the origins of modern surgery It is about being a parent and being a child Fiercely intelligent brilliantly written and suffused with something close to forgiveness it is a novel about how we see others and how we imagine ourselves. This novel shortlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction is a braided novel about motherhood and scientific discovery x rays psychoanalysis and surgery The writing style reminds me of Motherhood by Sheila Heti where the narrator feels like the author and I had to keep reminding myself that it is fiction I had to push through it at times but ultimately was glad I did as it had some resonance with my own recent experiences especially those of having a parent die in hospice and what you think about during and after what the truth of that experience isI wanted a child fiercely but couldn t imagine myself pregnant or a mother seeing only how I was now or how I thought I was singular centreless afraid I was terrified of the irrevocability of birth and what came after it how the raising of a child that unduckable responsibility might turn each of my actions into weighted accidents moulding another life without intention into unpropitious shapes and caught between these two poles my desire my fearThis is where grief is found in these suddenly unfilled cracks these responsibilities minute habitual which have lain elsewhere for years and which having failed amongst grief s greater broil to be reapportioned are overlooked in favour of the dramatic until even the ordinary starts to crumbleLove for my mother was not distinct from actionThrough those last long months though the physical intimacy which her illness demanded of us left no space for any metaphorical form of contact the present was too onerous to allow any intrusion by the past and the work of being kind against the urge to hurt which comes as vulnerability s unwelcome companion left no energy for confession this is so spot on I was speechless when I read itI find myself wondering if my mother felt as I do the overwhelming fear of fucking up that having children brings the awareness of the impossibility of not causing hurt like falling into endless water and with it the attendant agonising understanding that what success looks like is being left behind but what is the alternative Only the unthinkable perfection of a preserved present Our lives are possibility reduced to rough particularity by contact touch and out of it the specificity of each of us comes so that to ask if we might have been better otherwise is to wish ourselves undoneI felt the power of it and do still how simple things would be if only I could know myself or to others I received an eARC from Random House through Edelweiss This book came out 21 August 2018 Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone parent and being a child Fiercely intelligent brilliantly written and suffused with something close to forgiveness it is a novel about how we see others and how we imagine ourselves. This novel shortlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction is a braided novel about motherhood and scientific discovery x rays Pretend God Is Deaf psychoanalysis and surgery The writing style reminds me of Motherhood by Sheila Heti where the narrator feels like the author and I had to keep reminding myself that it is fiction I had to Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide push through it at times but ultimately was glad I did as it had some resonance with my own recent experiences especially those of having a Las Puertas Del Amor parent die in hospice and what you think about during and after what the truth of that experience isI wanted a child fiercely but couldn t imagine myself Discoveries pregnant or a mother seeing only how I was now or how I thought I was singular centreless afraid I was terrified of the irrevocability of birth and what came after it how the raising of a child that unduckable responsibility might turn each of my actions into weighted accidents moulding another life without intention into unpropitious shapes and caught between these two Idenics physical intimacy which her illness demanded of us left no space for any metaphorical form of contact the Night Owl Loonette present was too onerous to allow any intrusion by the Deadshifted (Edie Spence, past and the work of being kind against the urge to hurt which comes as vulnerability s unwelcome companion left no energy for confession this is so spot on I was speechless when I read itI find myself wondering if my mother felt as I do the overwhelming fear of fucking up that having children brings the awareness of the impossibility of not causing hurt like falling into endless water and with it the attendant agonising understanding that what success looks like is being left behind but what is the alternative Only the unthinkable El agujero del infierno perfection of a The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) preserved Teddy present Our lives are Calling Me Home possibility reduced to rough Mr. Francis Wife power of it and do still how simple things would be if only I could know myself or to others I received an eARC from Random House through Edelweiss This book came out 21 August 2018

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  • Sight by Jessie Greengrass
  • Jessie Greengrass
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 9781473652378

About the Author: Jessie Greengrass

Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982 She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London where she now lives with her partner and child Her story collection An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It won the Edge Hill Prize 2016 and a Somerset Maugham Award and she was shortlisted for the PFDSunday Times Young Writer of the Year Sight is her first novel



10 thoughts on “Sight by Jessie Greengrass

  1. says:

    I knew I wanted to read Jessie Greengrass’s debut novel from the moment I first read about it SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMAN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018It took two weeks for my hardcopy to arrive in the mail after I o

  2. says:

    Update Nine months on from my original review my not particularly hard to make prediction of a Wellcome prize longlisting for this bri

  3. says:

    I believe this might be the first book that made me start comprehending what it means to be a parent Engrossing smart and beautify written novel

  4. says:

    Like my GR friends Neil and Sarah I thought I would give this book 2 stars while reading it but then ended up rating it higher and I guess the reason for this is that the core idea of the text is good but the execution is

  5. says:

    The prospect of having children can be exciting but also terrifying Luckily it's something I've never strongly desired so I'm satisfied in the role of uncle godfather and sometimes babysitter to friends' children However some reasons I'd be fr

  6. says:

    There is some beautiful writing here particularly the meditations on grief The whole thing fails though because mostly what’s here is pedantic dense prose academic than fictional It’s not a novel IMHO—it’

  7. says:

    Hmmm Lots of conflicting feelings about this one but the I've thought about this book the less I've liked it Video review here

  8. says:

    Not my kind of book I can see why some readers love it but the self absorbed first person narrator un annamed twenty something woman being pregnant with her second child just bored me The best parts were the sections exploring the lives of his

  9. says:

    This novel shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction is a braided novel about motherhood and scientific discovery x rays psychoanalysis and surgery The writing style reminds me of Motherhood by Sheila Heti where the narrator feels like the author and I had to keep reminding myself that it is fiction I had to push through it at times but ultimately was glad I did as it had some resonance with my own recent experien

  10. says:

    Sight is an ambitious and introspective novel in which our unnamed narrator recounts her experience with new motherhood while at the same time coming to terms with the death of her own mother and grandmother To sa

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