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Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again by Sven…

Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again

by Sven Birkerts

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Sven Birkerts book on the craft of writing memoir is an excellent read, and undeniably useful to writers of coming-of-age sagas, fathers and sons memoirs, mothers and daughters memoirs, and trauma and memory memoirs, among other subjects. A memoir writer’s recollecting, in essence by re-inhabiting the former self, is a way of attempting to find meaning of one’s own experience. That being said, Birkerts poignantly explains why so many memoirs fail and why others succeed. He offers great insights into the most powerful and necessary elements of good memoir writing, such as universalizing the specific and coaxing sympathetic resonance from the reader. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  NancyK.Peardon | Mar 19, 2013 |
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"In The Art of Time in Memoir, critic, editor, and memoirist Sven Birkerts examines the human impulse to write about the self. "Memoir is, for better and often for worse, the genre of our times," Birkerts writes. But what makes one memoir memorable and another self-serving? What determines the difference between graceful disclosure and sensational self-exposure? Birkerts argues that the memoirist's strategies for presenting the subjective experience of time reveal the power and resonance of the writer's life. By examining memoirs such as Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Virginia Woolf's unfinished A Sketch of the Past, and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, Birkerts describes the memoirist's essential art of assembling patterns of meaning, how the work stirs to life our own sense of past and present."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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