Saturday, May 30, 2015

Book Review: Twisting My Kaleidoscope: Shannon Love

Twisting My Kaleidoscope by Shannon Love is a permit into the globe of mental illness where our writer charily places you in an enthralled effervesce transiting you as of one vista to the next and as you pose yourself to view what best suits you, she unbars the entrance to her healing sessions, and uncovers the coverlet of her feelings, that unlocks the key to her diary, as well as extends transitory entrée to her corporeal life form.

The itinerary of a woman, the book is analytically passionate and compelling, with the author is here at a time analyst and writer with a dual disposition to listening that allows her to grasp the sides with less flashy personality, in direct and open opposition to the dominant discourse, from literary criticism to psychiatry.

The writer reconstructs her life in her relationship with her family, friends, and the characters in her life, who are examined and described in great detail with the characters, the aspirations, social and political ideas, the idiosyncrasies, the obsessions and obsessive dedication to her family.

The author is literally born again and rebuilds her life and deals with it, grab it, understand it, dive into the waves that lead along garbage rots, that is a hard struggle, from which repeatedly she will be tempted to escape, to run away but she regains freedom from physical pain, the joy and the power to control and use her body.

Then there is a long period in which the author slowly discovers herself through numerous and difficult raids in her unconscious and in her past, where she reconstructs the puzzle of events, relationships, constraints and wounds that have carved over time her personality and her illness.

This book offers a critical analysis of the myth of mental illness, but also, more generally, the grammar of everyday life, of the world as it is and life in its articulation in roles based on the logic of closed identity ready to sacrifice other things, to expunge the other roles associated with sexual identity, membership, and functionality.

Throughout the book the emphasis is on the words, words full, true, words hitherto forbidden, denied, words that they know her, leading the scars and the weight of her life. During the analysis, the protagonist is often slamming against the words, looking for them, to weigh it, to associate, to intuit the importance. Words become her instrument of liberation.

The book is for the theatre, with a writing full of delusional paradoxes and hyperbolic metaphors, yet solidly immediate, with a writing, therefore the borders open, where there is, on the one hand, a deviation, an estrangement toward the absurd on the other hand, a high coefficient of theatricality, evident not so much in the frequency of dialogue, here reduced to a minimum, but in a very strong perceptiveness body, a corporeal imperfect, which features almost all the main characters.

The book in its formal structurally linear, is deeply enigmatic, because it divide between the two poles of the naturalism of the representation and the lyricism of the impossible and in reality, the facts become represented, in their metaphorical dimension and symbolic elements of a game and caught thin, as were the threads that weave the narrator enjoys an original and distinctive satirical vein, which eventually gives rise to a narrative grotesque, comic and dramatic at the same time.

The book written as a log obviously humorous, expose cases bordering on the fantastic, closed by final unexpected and grotesque, ending starring humanity submerged, as it is the psyche of the characters, illuminated by the distorting lens of the author.

In the book you can isolate a real semantic field that defines this topos, detectable in words like anxiety, paranoia, boredom, discomfort to exist, repressed anger, worry, gadfly mental obsession, which are repeated with high occurrences, giving the sense, the frequency occupying in the lexicon, the importance that the issue of mental illness takes on the book.

It is not a cheerful book, although many pages are full of irony and fun avoiding the dramatic with all these memories are reconstructed not only with affection and compassion but also with meticulous acuity, with neither pity nor self-congratulatory, but with such aching humanity with innate sense of humour and through the filter of inevitable irony, but always with the courage to want to look behind appearances to explain, or at least speculate the reasons for many bizarre human behaviours.



Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Outskirts Press ♥ Pages: 302 ♥ Published: April 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1478755500
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