Small Acts of Disappearance

Small Acts of Disappearance Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school and escalates into life threatening anorexia over

  • Title: Small Acts of Disappearance
  • Author: Fiona Wright
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  • Page: 229
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  • Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life threatening anorexia over the next ten years Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and bySmall Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life threatening anorexia over the next ten years Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author s own actions and motivations The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright s life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Gl ck deal with anorexia and addiction together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wright s poetry.

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    1. Wow. What an incredibly honest, raw account of the author’s battle with anorexia. I’ve never read anything quite like this before and I have gained a much more profound understanding and empathy toward people who suffer this illness. The intensity and richness of Wright's words left me heartbroken but also deeply moved.

    2. A beautiful series of essays dealing broadly with the authors anorexia. Wright is an exquisite writer and refuses to take easy narrative paths or fall back on sentimentality. It's a short, powerful and lyrical book that deserves to be widely read.

    3. The 2016 Stella Prize longlist of a dozen books was announced on 9 February, of which Small Acts of Disappearance - Essays on Hunger was one. I was intrigued by the description of this particular book and delighted to find it available as an e-book through my local public library service.Anyone who knows me will know that I wrestle with food and weight on a daily basis and wish I had a different body. I am obese and have struggled with my weight since I was about 10 years old. I know obesity is [...]

    4. I found this book to extremely well written, insightful and educational. I also found it helpful with some of the work I do with patients who have an eating disorder. Hopefully, I will become even better at my work thanks to Fiona's voice.

    5. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright is an honest depiction of Fiona's life with an eating disorder. Written in ten short chapters, Small Acts delves into the struggles she has faced with food, understanding the body and eating in different stages of her life: firstly at University, then in Sri Lanka while she's working as a journalist, in Germany as a young writer, and then in a recovery hospital back in her hometown of Sydney. Fiona tells of her obsession in becoming s [...]

    6. I’m in awe of Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance. In fact, I felt really pissed off as I kept reading her book, as I was profoundly jealous of her fresh way of looking at things, her maturity and intelligence. But then, these are exactly the kind of books I need to read to be a better writer. So thank you, Fiona. Thank you for bringing such an unfamiliar approach to the familiar topic of eating disorders. Thank you for writing such an ambitious, thematically rich book that does not s [...]

    7. I'm struggling with where to start as there is so much to say but also so little. Read these essays. Read them. Just read them.I really feel like I learnt so much about hunger, therapy, anorexia and writing. Wright is a superb writer and her essays are exquisitely written and structured. I feel honoured that she shared these insights and experiences with me. This collection is deeply personal yet is without sentimentality. Wright acknowledges her own bias and rewriting of her past. I imagine thi [...]

    8. I thought that eating disorders only happen to women who are vain and selfish, shallow and somehow stupid; it took me years to realised that the very opposite is true, that these diseases affect people, men and women both, who think too much and feel too keenly, who give too much of themselves to other people. I knew I wasn’t vain, I wasn’t selfish; but I have always felt vaguely, indeterminately sad, too vulnerable to being hurt, too empathic and too open, too demanding and determined in th [...]

    9. My sister gave me this book to read as I ended my 18 month outpatient treatment for an eating disorder that I have had for 9 years. I have also suffered co-morbidity for the majority of my illness and I found Wright's various insights and realisations of her anorexia extremely relatable. She put in to words what I have found hard to express. Some might read it and think it is self-indulgent, pessimistic & monotonous. To me, it painted a very realistic- albiet not so pretty - picture of anore [...]

    10. I read this book in one sitting, dare I say, I devoured it. Wright's essays are descriptive without romanticising the illness, and are written with the insight only someone who has endured an eating disorder first-hand can provide.

    11. The most bizarre moment whilst reading this book was when the author first mentions the Warren View hotel, which I was literally passing by on the 428.This book 'fed' my knowledge of both anorexia and addiction and I am the richer for it. I shudder to think now how far public understanding of these things is from the reality.Better still, I now have a greater familiarity with Australian Literature and a generation just above my own of arty, USyd educated inner-west dwellers. It's nice to feel pa [...]

    12. 4.5cw: eating disorders, mental illnessWhen I picked up this book I had no idea it was by an Australian, let alone one from Sydney. Then came the uncanny parallels of living in the same area, frequenting the same cafes, bars, bookstores and shopping centres, studying the same subjects (though 10 years later) at the same university in the same buildings, visiting the same places and cafes in Berlin on our travels there, and other unexpected details. Wright's descriptions of all these things fit p [...]

    13. While on a flight I alternated between reading an essay from this book and a short story from a horror collection and found Fiona's writing to be by far the scarier of the two. Like 'Binary Star' last year, 'Small Acts' Is scary because of how realistic and oft times relatable eating disorders and control issues are made to the reader. The way these unwanted thought can creep into the mind is as insidious as any supernatural invader, the delusions that they cause as damaging as any curse or crea [...]

    14. It seemed slightly uncanny that in the week I finished reading Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger that anorexia was suddenly splashed all over the media here in the UK. That’s because Dame Joan Bakewell, a respected veteran broadcaster and this year’s judge of the Wellcome Book Prize, was reported as saying that eating disorders are due to narcissism.She was rightly called out about this and then she issued an apology. It was clear that her views were outdated and [...]

    15. FW writes with piercing insight about hunger as an addiction; the domination of the physical self by the 'rational' self; and how this assertion of the self ('self-control') paradoxically corrupts and destroys the self. The brain is highly mutable. Starvation, like other addictions and extreme emotional or physical states, changes how it functions in ways that are incomprehensible to those on the 'outside'. The author describes the seductive lucidity and clarity of purpose that come with hunger. [...]

    16. Magnificent. A personal experience made public by a very brave young author who does not seek our empathy or sympathy. Wright discusses her experience, anguish, obsession, and hopes, together with drawing on other works written by authors about obsession and addiction. There is only one way for her to express this: obsessively, in minute detail, while keeping readers curious to know more. I saw this in the bookshop, the cover leapt out at me - what a photographic portrait ! - and what a perfect [...]

    17. This is a beautiful and unique memoir about life with an eating disorder. Unlike many memoirs that tend to focus on the gory details of the disease itself, Wright's essays are about her recovery, and how she has rebuilt her sense of self without her disease. Wright discusses her career, her family, her adolescence, books she has read, and her time in rehabilitation programs. The thing I found most interesting was the way that Wright talked about her fear of recovery, the way her hunger had, iron [...]

    18. This is a remarkable collection of essays about the author's experiences with an eating disorder. The essays are beautifully written, interweaving the author's own experiences of her illness with other accounts and observations. Even though I have not experienced any form of eating disorder, I found many points which resonated with me throughout the collection.I think part of what makes this collection so impressive is that the author exposes so much of herself and the challenges she faces. The [...]

    19. The writing in this book is absolutely stunning. I particularly loved the chapter "In Miniatures". Wright has a lot of really profound and clever insights, but at the same time, these essays are harrowing and difficult to read because of the delicate subject matter. Truly a gifted writer with wonderful control of language. Side note: holy typos in this book, batman! Where your editors at, Giramondo?

    20. What an amazing and deeply personal insight into the struggle of recovering from an eating disorder. The essays are short and well structured - meaning there is no room in the text for unnecessary reflection or over analysis of Wright's demons or her experiences. Rather it is a thought provoking exploration of Wright slowly beginning to understand her eating disorder and attempting to come to terms with herself and her place in the world (with and without her illness).

    21. I couldn't put this book down. This book is as much about Wright's experience with disordered eating as it is about coming to know yourself.

    22. A tightly woven collection of essays describing a life railroaded by all-consuming illness. This book is shocking but never dehumanising, thanks to the richness of its detail and a gentle academia.

    23. Insightful, gentle and, at times, humorous, account of a woman abroad doing battle with an eating disorder that initially arrives in the guise of violent and persistent attacks of vomiting. In a series of essays, we follow Wright through her ten-year struggle with anorexia which is both her source of joy and a scourge on her life. She is honest in her naivety, stating that she feels she might overcome this disease through the means of travel. If enough miles could be gained between the source of [...]

    24. This is a devastating memoir--lyrical and insightful. It seems impossible, but Wright renders the horror of her illness with a spare beauty. I will never think of hunger or anorexia the same way again. I found the connections Fiona Wright (also a poet) draws between writing and hunger mesmerizing. One of these mentions continues to stay with me: "I know that writing has always been the only thing, besides my hunger, that helps me make sense of the world, to find patterns and connections and with [...]

    25. “This double consciousness is also difficult because it often means that I can’t help but be enthralled by the other patientsI’ve struggled with this in every Group I’ve attended, often walking away in the afternoon distraught by what I’ve heard from people whom I’ve so quickly come to care about, furious at the people who’ve hurt them and thinking up lists of small kindnesses-playlists, recipes, loaned books- that I can give them. I often leave mulling over the unexpected reaction [...]

    26. My favourite essay, the one I recognised the most, was "In Hindsight", the last in the book. Up until then, Wright's depiction of events takes on the shocked remove and seeming equanimity of the survivor, a documentary-like tone that is at times alienating (and, most likely, it is meant to be so).Still, I read on. Her language is always lucid, deceptively tranquil.I am glad I kept going, as the last essay was worth it, being the most hopeful.

    27. I found this book to be quite unsettling. I vacillated between feeling sympathy for the author for her condition and thinking that she was being self-indulgent. I don't think that she probed her own beliefs enough, as she often elided the reality of her anorexia. A book about food, a book with an unreliable narrator, a book about a difficult topic.

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