This is what happened to Louise Krug on the morning of the first day after her job assignment, of doing a story on Britney Spears. This book is an account of her spiritual journey through a very traumatic physical condition. The narrative is skillfully written, it hovers disjointedly between the active and passive voices, so we get to live snapshots of moments in time. The passive voice describes what the other members of the caregiving team were going through, it is written with Louise, in the third person.
This form of narration renders to this book, an other worldly holographic quality, we get the entire picture in well chosen bits and pieces, leaving the rest of the details to our imagination. Some of these moments, especially those in the early part of the book, appear uncannily real, because each small fragment is recorded, as usually happens when navigating through challenging events. All in all, an interesting and very readable book which would appeal to anyone going through trying times.
Even though there are no mystical epiphanies recorded, it does not seem as if they are needed to make the book more of a page turner. A book that can be read by all, young and old.
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I recommend this book strongly to all readers of bookpleasures. Copyright BookPleasures. All rights reserved. Bani Sodermark Reviewer Bani Sodermark. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Louise , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 10, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: goodreads-giveaways. Louise: Amended is the memoir of Louise Krug, who at the age of 22 suffered a brain bleed, or a cavernous angioma.
The blood put pressure on her brain stem, which caused her to have difficulty with some motor functions, as well as facial paralysis and double vision. While it is billed as a memoir, Louise: Amended does have a certain amount of fiction to it, as the author writes from the point of view of all her family members. This constantly shifting point of view was what really didn't work for me about this book. I like stark prose, but the writing was so stark it leaned towards superficial.
Louise gives us her own story, using first person pronouns, and then suddenly we're thrown into her mother or boyfriend in the third person. While not confusing, the shifts were obvious since she uses the character's first name at the beginning of almost every sentence about them, it was jarring to say the least and I just couldn't get into it.
Since the point of view shifted so much, it was hard to really build a relationship with any of the characters. Louise is self-admittedly shallow at the beginning, yet by the end I didn't really feel she had come all that far. More than half the book is about her bemoaning the state of her life and the loss of her looks and boyfriend.
This might have been interesting coming from her and hearing her internal thoughts on it, but all of this is seen by other people and I found myself just as frustrated with her as they were. Things finally perk up for her when she meets her husband, yet we see very little of him and the book ends without developing him much at all. For a memoir about struggling with sudden physical limitations, there is very little material about her recovery process.
This aspect was not the main focus of the book, but I thought a little more wouldn't have hurt. Overall, I like the concept of this book. Trying to show how tragedy impacts the entire family and not just the individual is a difficult feat. In the end though, it just didn't fully work for me. Somewhere between the constantly shifting focus and the numerous mentions of how young and pretty and blonde she used to be, Louise just didn't quite manage to reel me in.
Feb 02, Laura Dalton Wilson rated it really liked it. At times, every single person on this book annoyed me and angered me. Except for Nick. So great to know there are genuine loving people out there. I cannot imagine what Louise went through, God bless her. Nov 11, Helen Crow rated it it was amazing. The author is my friend and neighbor, so I felt a duty to read her book. I fell in love with her Amazon author's page video, but I let the book sit on my bedside table for a year before I finally started reading.
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I thought it would be depressing. I was so wrong! It is a very skilled author, indeed, who can tell a tale of ongoing difficulties — some dreary, some horrifying — in a way that made me look forward to getting back to t The author is my friend and neighbor, so I felt a duty to read her book. It is a very skilled author, indeed, who can tell a tale of ongoing difficulties — some dreary, some horrifying — in a way that made me look forward to getting back to this book to read more and more.
Tough stuff is balanced in perfect measure with lighter points and with frank perspectives from multiple points of view. Forthright and fair, the author gives herself no breaks. I admire that. I loved that style for this story. I appreciated being given moments to take a breath between points and perspectives, time to absorb, time to think. I loved love the book so much that I thought of reading it again right away, but instead I came back to Amazon to look for more by this author.
It is satisfying to note that I am not alone. Apr 10, Jessica Bang rated it liked it. I got this as a First Reads book. As much as I admired the content of the memoir and the author's strength and perseverance, I didn't really like how the book was written. The book jumped from first-person to third-person, and although I was fine with the first-person parts, I felt awkward with really believing the parts where the book was in third-person because I suddenly felt like I was reading fiction.
I was however very glad with the author's courage to share her personal story, and I was v I got this as a First Reads book. I was however very glad with the author's courage to share her personal story, and I was very, very happy that she was able to find Nick, and continue life with a positive outlook and a beautiful family. The memoir was definitely not emotionally riveting, but it was very real. The author chronicles her tough times in a straightforward and honest way, that although you may initially pity her, you will end up respecting her. View 1 comment. Mar 31, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: reading-challenge.
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Yeah the author seemed like an asshole but it doesn't take away from what was going on with her and knowing that she's at least in recovery and still progressing is a good thing to see because honestly let's be real we all would be assholes if this happened to us too so I can't fault her for having problems. I wish her success. Dec 22, Sharon Jones rated it liked it. This is a sad tale of an illness that robs a beautiful young girl of the one thing that seems to matter to her most: her looks.
It tears apart her life and she is left to deal with facing life as a much different person. It gives the views of several people, including the main character, on her recovery which is a long hard road.
I don't believe anyone could know what they would do in these circumstances and even though I thought the girl was a little too self-centered, she was young and had ever This is a sad tale of an illness that robs a beautiful young girl of the one thing that seems to matter to her most: her looks. I don't believe anyone could know what they would do in these circumstances and even though I thought the girl was a little too self-centered, she was young and had everything going from her. She was robbed of this and was very, very bitter. I can see why she was bitter and the intense physical therapy and operations she had to endure would challenge any of us.
It was depressing to read this book because of the suffering she was going through but I think it also gives the reader some insight to how difficult the challenges are for people who become disabled and the intense fight they have to enter into even for a smile! The writing did not flow smoothly and was quite jerky at times but this, too, helped see the fight in clarity and without a lot of words. Apr 17, Cassandra Carico rated it really liked it. Imagine that you wake up one day, go on about your usual business, but then you are struck with a debilitating brain condition.
One half of your body goes numb, and you are unable to use it. That is what happened to the author of this story, Louise Krug. Krug is able to take the perspective of the characters mostly closely involved in her life during the onset of this tragic brain condition. Each person tells of how the onset, surgery, and recovery effect them. They tell of guilt, sadness, hope, and a myriad of other emotions. Switching between so many characters, one might guess this would be a difficult book to follow. However, the author is able to do this in an effective matter without causing confusion.
In fact, this book is a truly easy and quick read, though the topic is less that simple. Apr 02, Joann san diego shutterbug rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads-bookshelf , owned-first-editions. First read giveaway winner. She goes from a newspaper reporter of sorts to this woman who has to rebuild her phsyical life.
She basically had to learn basic things all over again. You could tell by the way the author wrote it, that she went through a major bout with depression. She showed us how something that changed her life forever ended up working in her favor.
She met a great guy that looked beyond her lack of physical abilities and First read giveaway winner. She met a great guy that looked beyond her lack of physical abilities and showed her that he wasnt lying to her when when he said she looked beautiful. He saw what was inside. She made her disabilites into abilities. Dec 31, Joanne Clarke Gunter rated it liked it Shelves: memoir-life. I liked the story of this short memoir fine, another of the many memoirs about brain injury and the extreme difficulties in recovering from it, plus we get the uncaring and distant boyfriend in this one.
But writing in the third person never works because it is annoying and childish. Much of this book is written in the third person as in: "Louise eats slowly, moving the leaves to her mouth with her one good hand, not talking, concentrating. The author also frequently uses the same writing style when discussing her mother Janet and father Warner.
This is annoying. Thankfully, the book is very short. I read Louise: Amended in one swift sitting. Brief chapters keep Krug's story moving and provide her narrative with an appropriate sense of fragmentation.
The author serves her text with shifts in perspective: first-person voice conveys self-consciousness and control while third-person alludes to dissociation and helplessness. The initial switch confused me, but formatting absent in the uncorrected proof may provide the finished publication with transition. Overall, the author's mostly natural v I read Louise: Amended in one swift sitting. Overall, the author's mostly natural voice and consistent pacing do justice to her dramatic experience, making Louise: Amended a quick, gratifying read.
Sep 03, Megan Wohler rated it really liked it. I too have experienced a brain condition upset and had surgery for each mass. I met Louise locally and after meeting her decided to read her story. I considered writing in her style of writing from different 'character's' perspectives, but I don't think I could appropriately explain how someone else must have felt in response to my circumstance. A few times I threw my book across the room because I think having gone to my surgeon and hospital she would have ha I too have experienced a brain condition upset and had surgery for each mass.
A few times I threw my book across the room because I think having gone to my surgeon and hospital she would have had a much better experience and better results. I'm glad she recorded and shared her story. Although mine will be longer, I hope that my book is received just as well. It's good if you are particularly interested in that kind of story: struggling to get better from an illness.
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