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The Light of the World: A Memoir (Original 2015; 2015. Auflage)

von Elizabeth Alexander

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" In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander--poet, mother, and wife--finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 49. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark. Because so much of her poetry is personal or autobiographical in nature, her transition to memoir is seamless, guided by her passionate belief in the power of language, her determination to share her voyage of self-discovery with her boys, and her embrace of the principle that the unexamined life is not worth living. This beautifully written book is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you--it's discovering the truth in your life's journey: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters"--… (mehr)
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Titel:The Light of the World: A Memoir
Autoren:Elizabeth Alexander
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2015), Hardcover, 224 pages
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This memoir on grief is poetic and heartbreaking. It reminded me quite a bit of From Scratch. Both women lost their husbands at a young age. Both women dealt with different cultural backgrounds in their relationships. This one was missing the passion for cooking, but includes a sincere celebration for the small joys in life. It’s heartbreaking that these women had such similar stories to write about.

“For those were the years of amorous love and its fulsome expressions which sustain us through the winter months of marriage.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Jun 29, 2021 |
An extraordinary memoir about love and loss. Alexander writes about the sudden death of her husband at aged 50, chef and artist Ficre Ghebreyesus. About their empathic relationship, the depth of love they shared, their two young sons, and the loving community of friends and family that surrounded them, and the pain of loss.

I learned about this book from [Ex Libris: 100 books to read and re-read] by Michiko Katutani, one of three books I bought after reading it. See >177 above.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/arts/design/ficre-ghebreyesus.html ( )
  Caroline_McElwee | Dec 30, 2020 |
This is a beautiful book -- an elegy in poetry and prose and color and mysticism. Elizabeth Alexander is a poet -- she wrote "Praise Song for the Day" for Obama's first inauguration. Here she writes a memoir of the time surrounding her husband's sudden, unexpected death of a heart attack at age 50. But moreso the book is about their history, their relationship, their "sacred love" of which she reflects: "in all marriages there is struggle and ours was no different in that regard. But we always came to the other shore, dusted off, and said, 'There you are, my love.'" (76) If only all marital spats were resolved so blissfully! But this is the sensibility of Alexander and her husband Ficre (fee-cray) was a chef and an artist and they saw their world through the lens of art and "were blessed to take in the world that way." In that regard this book is a celebration of life -- the tiny countless ways we love and the details that make life worth living --Alexander talks about Ficre's garden and includes some of his recipes and there is poetry here too - an intellectual scrapbook of memories and meaning and the overall reminder to cherish. I imagine this book would be a great comfort to someone grieving a spouse. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Only a poet could write of death with such breathtaking beauty. Alexander's husband, Ficre, died suddenly and young. This book manages to combine so many threads: a celebration of his life, a chronology of her grief and, somehow, an invitation to the reader to truly experience life. I loved this book.

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  Katester123 | Sep 17, 2020 |
This is heartbreaking, but also so, so beautiful. Of course a poet would write beautifully, but the ways in which she frames Ficre's life and death are so thoughtful, so sympathetic, so compassionate to everyone involved. It's a book about love, even more than about death. A coincidentally meaningful pick for a Valentine's Day book group meeting. If only everyone were so lucky to have such a relationship at some point in their lives.

"Our romance was like that, healing every old wound with magic disappearing powers until they were all tended. We lived out of time, nursed all injuries, shared all the stories and then were fortified and ready to go on with our life together."

"Ficre planted trees for me that were lush and romantic: Japanese maple, for those were the years of amorous love and its fulsome expressions which sustain us through the winter months of marriage." ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
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" In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander--poet, mother, and wife--finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 49. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark. Because so much of her poetry is personal or autobiographical in nature, her transition to memoir is seamless, guided by her passionate belief in the power of language, her determination to share her voyage of self-discovery with her boys, and her embrace of the principle that the unexamined life is not worth living. This beautifully written book is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you--it's discovering the truth in your life's journey: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters"--

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