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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 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 s an overly long rather pretentious essay while I cannot recommend it some other great readers out there certainly doI have much much to say in my BookTube review

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Sight By Jessie Greengrass

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 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 historical figures like Sigmund Freud Wilhelm Conrad R ntgen Henry Thomson and John Hunter Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin just bored me The best parts were the sections exploring the lives of historical figures like Sigmund Freud Wilhelm Conrad R ntgen Henry Thomson and John Hunter

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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


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 ordered it I felt very drawn to

  2. says:

    Update Nine months on from my original review my not particularly hard to make prediction of a Wellcome prize longlisting for this brilliant book has come true I had no understanding of the drive to exhume that now turns my uiet moments into imperfect acts of reminiscence how it is to feel that one must note eac

  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 nove

  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 severely lacking Greengrass plays with the concepts of sight and insight and how the desire to see the world and to und

  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 frightened of having children beyond a total ignorance of how to care for them is a dread of

  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’s an overly long rather pretentious essay; while I cannot recommend it some other great readers out there certainly doI ha

  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 historical figures like Sigmund Freud Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Henry Thomson and John Hunter

  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

  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 say that I h

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