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Moir with mendacity Slater examines memories of her youth when after being diagnosed with a strange illness she developed seizures and neurological disturbances and the compulsion to lie Openly uestioning the reliability of m. Slater is an excellent writer I liked the play between fact and fiction and her central theme that one can get to the essence of truth through fiction especially when a ficticious situation is used as an extended metaphor as opposed to fact I enjoyed the first uarter of the book After that it devolved into narcissism and she belabors the Am I lying Am I not Does it matter game that she plays with her reader She claims this book is about her relationship with her mom primarily and mental illness secondarily I think that is it primarily about mental illness trying to figure out what is wrong with herself epilepsy depression etc and secondarily about her complicated troublesome self loathinglove affair with herself

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Lying A Metaphorical Memoir

Emoir itself Slater presents the mesmerizing story of a young woman who discovers not only what plagues her but also what cures her the birth of her sensuality her creativity as an artist and storytelling as an act of healing. unreliable narrators are the best

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In this powerful and provocative new memoir award winning author Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own personal fictions Mixing me. Uninteresting LiesSlater is controversial for her mixture of truth and fiction this book is a memoir about her epilepsy but apparently she did not have epilepsy in another book she has written novelized histories of actual psychological experiments She also presents herself as a liar saying at first it is a typical symptom of epilepsy but then when it emerges that she may not have been an epileptic the lying becomes a narrative strategy for getting at underlying truthsSlater has been reviewed and discussed widely but mainly outside literary circles I can think of several reasons why she hasn t been reviewed as a serious fiction writer1 Her strategy of lying is only controversial if the books are read as nonfiction or as historical scholarship The blending of fiction and nonfiction to get to the heart of things p 219 cp p 192 is not controversial in the domain of writing What novel isn t about narrative truth What memoir isn t entwined with fiction What history isn t narrated What story isn t a lie Slater s book is peppered with undergraduate style allusions to postmodernism Heidegger and others as justifications for what she s doing but the very presence of those gestures shows how far she is from literary practice There are no references to Barth Barthelme Auster Angela Carter Muriel Spark and others who have asked the same uestions Not to mention Ali Smith wonder if Slater has seen her speech at 2 Her writing lacks nuance It s black and white and the emotions and scenes are sensationalist In one episode her mother berates a hotel pianist for having heavy hands and he asks her to sit down and play in his place Everyone watches as the narrator s mother sits at the piano with a great flourish and then realizes she actually can t play anything except rudimentary melodies Her mother then retreats in silence The next line in the book informs us that Slater had her first epileptic fit that night There are few scenes in the book that end ambiguously Slater doesn t evoke or suggest she dramatizes The emotional temperature is on high from the first page to the last3 She isn t especially reflective even about ideas that are central to the book There are a couple of pages in which deeper concerns are voiced but they pass by uickly In one scene her doctor is interested to learn that she has become interested in religious issues She gets annoyed at being compared to Saint Teresa and others because that would mean that her illness was creating her interest Is religion itself a symptom she asks Look the doctor answers it s no an eitheror thing Who knows maybe the disease is God s way of reaching certain people p 201 His thoughts and her reactions go to the heart of difficult issues about faith and mental states and they should be central for Slater but she has nothing else to say about them It s almost as if Slater can t keep her mind on the problem Perhaps it would be better if she wrote about just one day preferably an uneventful day and her attempts to understand it It s clear she has been struggling to understand her life and it is a sign of her distress that what counts as understanding a problem is usually coming to a workable solution Often I think that s what she has needed But it s not what readers need unless of course they are reading her books as self help manuals in which case they will be annoyed as they often have been by her so called lying A deeper interesting lie is the one that presents this book as reflective fiction


10 thoughts on “Lying A Metaphorical Memoir

  1. says:

    I absolutely hated this book But I might be lying when I say I hated this book Because sometimes a lie is true and sometimes a lie is just a fl

  2. says:

    Uninteresting LiesSlater is controversial for her mixture of truth and fiction this book is a memoir about her epilepsy but apparently she did not have epilepsy; in another book she has written novelized histories of actual

  3. says:

    Come with me reader I am toying with you yes but for a real reason I am asking you to enter the confusion with me to give up the ground with me because sometimes that frightening floaty place is really the truest of all Kierkegaard says The greatest lie of all is the feeling of firmness beneath our feet We are at our most when we are lost Enter that lostness with me Live in the place I am where the view is murky where the connecting bridg

  4. says:

    Okay Perspectives change sometimes This is my 2nd reading Twenty years apart Things change People? Not so much but hopefully we get wiser? Anyway from 3 stars to fiveLying is a thing people do It has been a subject and action central to my understanding of communication between and within persons nearly all my life Because of reasons not pertinent to this reviewLying 2000is a memoir by Lauren Slater published twenty years ago wh

  5. says:

    This was a tricky book to read because the authornarrator tells you right off the bat that maaaaaaybe she made so

  6. says:

    Slater is an excellent writer I liked the play between fact and fiction and her central theme that one can get to the essence of truth through fiction especially when a ficticious situation is used as an extended metaphor as opposed to fact

  7. says:

    It's difficult to describe this brilliant memoir without reducing it to a simple inadeuate description it is about illness i

  8. says:

    unreliable narrators are the best

  9. says:

    I've read and liked at least one

  10. says:

    Homework response November 7th 2011Lauren Slater is trying to challenge the reader's concepts of reality and truth in her book Lying A Metaphorical Memoir The idea of the story potentially being false is first presented in the introduction whi

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