“We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall.”
I was hooked from the sub-title of this book because, as morbid as it sounds, I’m weirdly obsessed with the idea of death… Mainly because I just can’t comprehend how in a split second someone can be gone forever, so the idea of framing a memoir out of near-death moments is fascinating.
I’ve never read any of Maggie O’Farrell’s fiction, but clearly, this was always going to be a different style. Her skill at weaving a story really draws you into the individual moments of her life that she narrates, making for a unique approach to a memoir. It was a refreshing take on this genre, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There are always stories in each person’s lives, and other memoirists would do well to consider writing their books through a themed lens like O’Farrell.
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