Things I Don't Want to Know

Things I Don't Want to Know

On Writing

Book - 2014
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Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014, c2013.
ISBN: 9781620405659
Branch Call Number: 828.914 LEVY D
Characteristics: 111 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Things I do not want to know


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May 09, 2019

A very slight book. For fans of the author.

Aug 05, 2018

Reading this book was the best use of my afternoon yesterday. I just drenched myself in such a tender South African childhood, bookended by a haunting retreat in Mallorca. Writers are, it appears from this memoir and several I've read recently, children who don't have a voice as children, who can't speak up for themselves when they're young, so they grow up to write so deeply and sensitively and fully as adults.

Selfishly, since this isn't a thick, big, long book, if I could have my way, I'd want to read about five of these memoirs from this one author, addressing her one life. There is so much material in between being small in apartheid South Africa and being a teenager in London, from a jailed father to a broken family with lids missing on everything in the kitchen. The details, the language, the history, the way the structure is so circular and yet so straightforward, and the emotion above all, all without knowing the details of why the author can't deal with escalators going up.

Mar 13, 2017

This is a gem. I love Deborah Levy' writing style and this, I would call it a memoir, gives an opportunity to look into her growth as a fabulous writer. I also appreciate her candid account of her childhood and sharing with us many fascinating and personal details about it. She was a very talented little girl with a very interesting perception of this complicated world.


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