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by Patricia Hampl

Memoir has become the signature genre of our age.

In this timely gathering, Patricia Hampl, one of our most elegant practitioners, "weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she explores the autobiographical writing that has enchanted or bedeviled her. Subjects engaging Hampl's attention include her family's response to her writing, the ethics of writing about family and friends, St. Augustine's Confessions, reflections on reading Walt Whitman during the Vietnam War, and an early experience reviewing Sylvia Plath. The word that unites the impulse within all the pieces is "Remember!"―a command that can be startling. For to remember is to make a pledge: to the indelible experience of personal perception, and to history itself.
Download I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory epub
ISBN: 0393320316
ISBN13: 978-0393320312
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Patricia Hampl
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (August 17, 2000)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1407 kb
FB2 size: 1703 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 537
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Writers, especially of creative non-fiction, should be required to read I Could Tell You Stories. Hampl is a deep thinker who can make her vision clear through her flowing prose and terrific metaphors. She gives great insight into the genre of memoir, exploring memory and its meanings. Some of the chapters revolve around a particular author -- Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, Kafka, etc -- and they're informative and interesting, but Hampl is at her best when she writes her own experiences, memories, and feelings. Lots of good tips for the writer.
Essays on spiritual topics, reviews of books of interest to Christians. Each essay wrestles with an aspect of living as a Christian in today's world.
An uneven collection of thoughtful, beautifully written pieces on storytelling, particularly memoir.
This is a great book and easy to understand and apply. Thanks Patricia.
Patricia's writing is beautiful. She is a model of good writing.
An excellent reminder of how culture is shaped by the stories that we tell about the things that we recall.
The beginning of this book was interesting - but that was because of the statement made by a stranger on a bus. I felt that while the rest of the book was well written verbally, it was uninteresting and useless to me as a writer. I am confused as to why so many good reviews have been written about it. I was let down - there are many better books out there about memoir, don't waste time with this one.