Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, – December 18, ) was an Irish- American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in Before reading Autobiography of a Face, I’d only read one thing by Lucy Grealy. It was “The Country of Childhood” from her As Seen on TV. HEALTH – Grealy’s cancer could be considered a main character since you see it grow throughout the memoir. It follows her, speaks to her and.

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Friends of hers, not including Ann, had already been there. In the interview she was asked to explain gresly point in writing Autobiography of a Face. Do you want to be more removed? The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimately broke my heart. The one picture that I can’t q on quickly enough is when they both turn to look at me, laughing, their foreheads nearly touching. Despite everything Lucy went through the anding was hopeful and uplifting.

The surgery and chemo helped save her life but left her with disfiguring scars.

As I said from my very first post, whether a post on here is about blindness or Breaking Bad or organic chemistry or a book review, I always want the underlying focus to be on storytelling. PS – I learned, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become a successful poet and writer, had suffered an addiction to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and died of an overdose at age Ann was hugely patient with Lucy, who could be infuriatingly disorganised and irresponsible.

She loves poetry and begins not only reading but writing her own verse. She spent so much time deluding herself into believing a warped reality that she lost out on a good portion of her life.

A face that could not possibly reflect the you inside? She explains the constant conflict she felt over wishing people would NOT stare at her face; and yet at the same time, longing for a face which people could look upon without her seeing their obvious feelings of pity greally disgust.

Are you your face?

But then I thought, maybe this is what happens without that tether. Having encountered the noble truth that all suffering is the result of worldly attachment. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Lucy Grealy

She tried drinking dishwashing liquid to feel nauseated, inhaling water to z pneumonia, and jabbing herself with rusty nails. In these sections of the book, I felt the truth of what Gornick said about how clarity of persona energizes the story. She thought that people stared at her because she had lost her hair due to chemotherapy, not because of the shape of her face.

That was my mistake. I’m considering it for a class Sep 18, jo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There’s no great introspection in her story. But like “Inferno”, like “Howl’ together with “Footnote to Howl” “Autobiography of a Face” gives its readers an opportunity to experience a transcendent joy: Other children regarded her facf a sort of monster, and the only occasion gealy she associated normally with other children was Graly, when she could hide behind a mask.

She tells her story with wit and perspective which seems improbable given what she went through. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Quotes from Autobiography of To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: One thing that Grealy does really well is capture how this shifts slowly as she gets older.

Autobjography tried to come to terms with the fact that she would never, after all, have the capacity for happiness. My sister Lucy was a uniquely gifted writer. In particular, the book seemed really devoid of fully realized people other than herself.

Lucy Grealy – Wikipedia

I’d had a framed photograph of Lucy for many years, which I loved. I seconded the recommendation and here I am, revisiting Lucy Grealy’s incredible life. Ann supported her throughout, with company, money, food and love.

This site uses cookies. I knew that Lucy, stripped down to the essence of sister and daughter, would want us to be happy together. Ann disagreed – lf felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship.

What gives a particular piquancy to Autobiography of a Face is the narration. So I think she had a definite artistic vision for what she wanted to create. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison. Feb 10, Wendy rated it it was ok. Her musings on beauty and ugliness, in fact, as well as her excellent descriptions of the alien hospital world, were what made me stick with this book when I wanted to put it down.