Trick Is to Keep Breathing (Scottish Literature)

by Janice Galloway | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1564780813 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjeniwrenwing of Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on 6/28/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjeniwrenwing from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Janice Galloway's inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a 27-year-old drama teacher named Joy Stone. The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental drowning of her illicit lover, but on herself. While painful and deeply serious, this is a novel of great warmth and energy: it's the wit and irony found in moments of despair that prove to be Joy's salvation. First published by Polygon in 1989 and Dalkey Archive Press in 1994, now available again.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjeniwrenwing at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 05, 2018
This has a very claustrophobic feel written in a continuous stream of thoughts and feelings often sharp, melancholic and at times bleakly funny. The whole book reflects the character Joy Stone and her slow painful inward collapse as she struggles to make sense of all that is happening around her.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjeniwrenwing at Richmond Hill, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Thursday, July 05, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (7/6/2018 UTC) at Richmond Hill, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Posting to wishlist tag recipient.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, July 19, 2018
Thank you for sending me this wishlist book. I am more excited to read this after reading your note. And thank you for the postcard and BC supplies.

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Updated February 25, 2019

I was glad I read the book and I "enjoyed" it, but it was hard to say it was "enjoyable" as the main character was depressed and I was in her world. This was a book I could only read bits at a time. It was not one I really look forward to reading but each reading session, I would want to go on once I started. It was a good literary experience.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmcsarwing at One Book a Month, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (3/14/2019 UTC) at One Book a Month, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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I have finally got around to posting the book. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by wingvaga-bondewing at New York City, New York USA on Monday, March 25, 2019
The book arrived today. Thank you so much mcsar for this RABCK, for the fabulous postcard and its E. A. Poe quote, and for the label! As I am a few pages away from finishing my current read, I will start this very soon.

Journal Entry 7 by wingvaga-bondewing at New York City, New York USA on Sunday, April 07, 2019
A very difficult read, that could be done only in small doses. The inner voice writing is very accomplished, but pulls you into the downward spiral of the character's depression and is therefore distressful. Still glad I read this.
Reserved for Icila, who was also interested in the book. I will mail it to her in June, when I return to France.

Journal Entry 8 by wingvaga-bondewing at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (6/26/2019 UTC) at Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon France

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Hello Icila, I'm finally back in France where I am able to mail this book to you as promised.
Happy reading (not so happy in the case of this novel...) and have a great summer!

Journal Entry 9 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, June 28, 2019
Thank you vaga-bonde and welcome back in France !
I w'll take your advice and wait for some times before reading it.

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