ANATOLE BROYARD INTOXICATED BY MY ILLNESS PDF

They all focus on an aspect of either death or serious illness. He wrote two of the other essays earlier in life, and one small part of the book contains excerpts from his personal journal during the time of his cancer diagnosis. Sarcasm and wit comprise his arsenal, and much of the included works are tinged with humor. He mentions how his need to write and create became even stronger after the diagnosis. To say that one is elated to hear that they have cancer is far beyond any normal reaction.

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It is odd but for so long I searched for a voice like this. While I lay in the hospital my body riddled with cancer and at the mercy of the routine of chemotherapy I searched high and low for an author like Broyard, for someone who could express what I was unable to articulate. I knew the feelings I was experiencing were nothing new, that others had been through similar experiences, but I found few reflections of my experiences and my own approach to the experience beyond the words and works of David Wojnarowicz, Mark Doty, Paul Monette and Jonathan Kivett.

Broyard is one of those rare authors who is able to capture the elusive qualities of disease, desire and death and how it transforms each of us in the process. Maybe it was his work as a critic, deeply embedded in literature and writing which allows him to write so clearly.

He suggests " I am a critic, and being critically ill, I thought I might accept the pun and turn it on my condition. It is an ironical pleasure to finally encounter an author who not writes so beautifully about such life-changing experiences but also a pleasure to encounter feelings rarely expressed anywhere in print. I see now why the Romantics were so fond of illness-the sick man sees everything as metaphor.

It stinks of revelation. While I was recovering I searched high and low for a literature of dying, to find solace, to find reflections of my own experiences. He privileges the power of narrative to help contain contagion and disease.

To give it form and meaning, something I was always aware but unable to articulate with the same clarity. Yet I am a critic, and being critically ill, I thought I might accept the pun and turn it on my condition. My initial experience of illness was a series of disconnected shocks, and my first instinct was to try to bring it under control by turning it into a narrative.

Always in emergencies we invent narratives. We describe what is happening, as if to confine the catastrophe. When people heard that I was ill, they inundated me with stories of their own illnesses, as well as the cases of friends. Storytelling seems to be a natural reaction to illness. The patient has to start by treating his illness not as a disaster, an occasion for depression or panic, but as a narrative, a story.

Stories are antibodies against illness and pain. His wife, Alexandra Broyard, who collected these writings quotes a family friend, Michael Vincent Miller

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It is odd but for so long I searched for a voice like this. While I lay in the hospital my body riddled with cancer and at the mercy of the routine of chemotherapy I searched high and low for an author like Broyard, for someone who could express what I was unable to articulate. I knew the feelings I was experiencing were nothing new, that others had been through similar experiences, but I found few reflections of my experiences and my own approach to the experience beyond the words and works of David Wojnarowicz, Mark Doty, Paul Monette and Jonathan Kivett. Broyard is one of those rare authors who is able to capture the elusive qualities of disease, desire and death and how it transforms each of us in the process. Maybe it was his work as a critic, deeply embedded in literature and writing which allows him to write so clearly. He suggests "

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ABOUT MEN; Intoxicated by My Illness

He will be, with this collection of irreverent, humorous essays he wrote concerning the ordeals of life and death—many of which were written during the battle with cancer that led to his death in Some writing is so rich and well-spoken that commentary is superfluous, even presumptuous. Read this book, and celebrate a cultured spirit made fine, it seems, by the coldest of touches. Anatole Broyard has joined his father but not before leaving behind a legacy rich in wisdom about the written word and the human condition. He has died. But he lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it. The title refers to his reaction to the knowledge that he had a life-threatening illness.

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