Sunday, 17 June 2018

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

So time for a book review. I am reading very little at the moment due to time. So much is going on and the next year will be hectic with life and moving to another country and everything but I will try to keep the blog alive.

About the book
From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself

I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. 

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

My Thoughts
First off I dont know how to wright what I really feel about the story because in so many way I want to like it and I know I am supposed to like it but I really dont! I myself has been morbidity obese so I know a lot of what Roxane is coming from but this book felt lifeless. I know the pain and the anger but still there is nothing that makes me connect with what is written. and how it is written. I would not say it is about Roxanes body but her brain and her brain is the cage not the body.

I would say the book is kind of soulless and boring. I barley could finish it and it made me pissed off. She is complaining about how other people are judging her and treating her and she herself is not better. Everyone who is thin or has what she would say "perfect look" is shamed in the book. Everyone who isnt her is somehow shamed and she shames the reader. There is nothing in the book that would give someone hope, and it is a boring monologue about her work and moving and such. 

The format is kind of bad and it is very repetitive which didnt really suite me. And a lot of times when I read I just wanted to scream that if she wants to be different, to feel different, do something about it. I woke up one day and decided enough is enough, I am done feeling shit and I changed. It is not easy but it is doable if you really want to. If you are content with living YOUR life with limitations you shouldnt expect other people to catering to all your need which I feel like Roxane sort of want! God forbid someone not loving her but if they do even that is wrong. 

Well not my kind of book. It is boring and soulless. It was readable but thats it. I read it partly because it was gifted to me and partly because I wanted to know what the big fuss was about and I still dont understand it.

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