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98 Reasons for Being e-book

Author:

Clare Dudman

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Genre Fiction

ePub size:

1269 kb

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Rating:

4.1

Publisher:

Hodder & Stoughton (May 2005)

Pages:

352

ISBN:

0340823070

98 Reasons for Being e-book

by Clare Dudman


98 Reasons for Being book. Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez, is that rare kind of author who can bring history dramatically to life.

98 Reasons for Being book.

Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez, is that rare kind of author who can bring history dramatically to life.

Clare Dudman fails to live up to a promising premise in 98 Reasons for Being, says Eva Figes. There are more subtle ways of telling the reader of the bizarre medical practices of the period.

Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Peter Hoeg, is that rare kind of. .

Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Peter Hoeg, is that rare kind of author who manages to bring history dramatically to life. In 98 "Reasons for Being, she conjures up the revolutionary nineteenth-century German physician, Heinrich Hoffmann, best known today for his famous book of children's rhymes "Struwwelpeter, or "Shockheaded Peter.

98 REASONS for BEING. Dudman is self-confident enough to take her time. it is not easily forgotten. It is 1852 and Dr Heinrich Hoffmann, an historical figure, has recently been appointed to the position of superintendent of the asylum for the insane in the free city of Frankfurt in Germany. But his main claim to fame is as author of a book for children: STRUWWELPETER (SHOCKHEADED PETER) - an illustrated book of cautionary tales he drew and wrote eight years ago for his young son for Christmas when he was unimpressed at what else was on offer.

Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez, is that rare kind of.Something similar could be said of her book 98 Reasons for Being, which tells the story of the historical Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann

Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez, is that rare kind of author who can bring history dramatically to life. Here she conjures up the revolutionary nineteenth-century German physician Heinrich Hoffmann (best known today for his book of children’s rhymes. Heinrich Hoffmann. He was the author of Struwwelpeter, or Shockheaded Peter, a German children's book of rhymed stories about, usually, naughty children and the horrible consequences of their misbehavior.

Clare Dudman was born in North Wales and educated at the University of Durham and King's College London. In 1995 her children's novel won the Kathleen Fidler Award, and in 2001 she received a prestigious Arts Council Award for WEGENER'S JIGSAW.

98 Reasons for Being, Clare Dudman. Варианты приобретения. In this gripping and beautifully written book, Clare Dudman imaginatively recreates the life of the man whose theories of continental drift - derided in his lifetime - have revolutionised our perception of the world. Reaching record-breaking heights in hot air balloons, almost fatally injured in the First World War, and driven by a passion for ice and for a better understanding of the natural history of the world, Alfred Wegener was an extraordinary man.

Dudman, Clare: 98 Reasons for Being. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on August 17, 2011.


Hulbine
I wrote of Clare Dudman's novel One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead that it is "equal parts science and poetry." Something similar could be said of her book 98 Reasons for Being, which tells the story of the historical Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann. He was the author of Struwwelpeter, or Shockheaded Peter, a German children's book of rhymed stories about, usually, naughty children and the horrible consequences of their misbehavior. Struwwelpeter was a big deal, wildly popular and much translated, but the Hoffmann on these pages, at least, was more concerned with his true calling in life: he served as doctor at Frankfurt's lunatic asylum in the mid-19th century. Dudman brings Hoffmann to life in these pages as he becomes obsessed with curing a new arrival at the asylum, a young Jewish woman, Hannah, who does not speak initially and seems mired in an overwhelming sadness. After the usual cures prove ineffective--and here the horrors of pre-modern psychiatric treatment are on display--Hoffmann adopts a radical approach: talking. His story, and then hers, slowly drip out during his sessions with the patient, so that the source of her misery is finally revealed while his trials and character are likewise laid bare. At the same time, the lives of the other residents of the asylum are explored, both the inmates and the attendants, who live on-site for extended periods. These are all fleshed out characters, very real in their faults and sorrows. It's all deeply moving and sad, in large part, and beautifully written throughout. Every time I opened the book I was spellbound by it. It is an added treat that some of Hoffmann's stories are featured in the book, fit between the chapters, and they are surprisingly relevant to the surrounding story.
lets go baby
A moving and richly human novel of depth and understanding, at once a psychological and a historical novel.
Claire Dudman offers an original and offbeat perspective of life in a Frankfurt assylum in the 1850s.

A Jewish girl, Hannah Meyer, labelled as a nymphomaniac, is admitted to a Frankfurt insane assylum , in a deep and extremely debilitating state of melancholia. Dr Heinrich Hoffman, a Frankfurt physician who runs the sanatorium, and also the well known author of the book of children's poems known as Sturmwetpeter, undertakes to treat her, all treatments fail until Dr Hoffman patiently talks to her about his own life and patiently coaxes, slowly coaxes her out of her crippling melancholic state and teaches her to talk and respond again.

Her own inner thoughts and recounting of her own inner thoughts are recounted in italics, used in an intelligent and pertinent way.
Deeply in love with a German gentile who woos her and secretly marries her, and then cruelly spurns her, with strong anti-Semitic words, this incident has brought on her depressive state. The novel also focuses on the staff and other inmates of the asylum.
The novel also focuses on the staff and other inamtes of the assylum.

It is at once a window into 19th century Germany, the progressive thinking of Dr Hoffman, the inner world of the mentally ill and the anti-Semitism of the time.

An evocative novel despair and hope, love and cruelty, and ultimately the search for purpose and the reason for being, hence the name 98 reasons for being.
Charyoll
Overall, an excellent read. I found the characters to be extremely dynamic and multidimensional. The story was also at times heartbreaking as well as uplifting. Yet, it was the writing style that made this book exceptional to read. There were sections of narration that were interrupted by case studies performed by the psychiatrist as well as the thoughts inside the main character's mind. Though I would not go as far to say that it is postmodern, the way that the story is presented is certainly nontraditional.
Basically, it is the story of a Jewish girl who is brought into a mental institution because she refuses to talk. Through her treatment, she encourages the doctor and other patients to open up and free themselves from their own demons. Of course, not all are saved and there are numerous characters that can be deemed as "not good". Still, the complexities of the characters makes them seem more real than the paper on which they are described.
Dynen
This novel is not quick to read, and not a book that you can't put down. The story is intelligent and intricate, the details are not laid out simply, but sometimes need to be processed, through the reading. The intricacy and the multiple first person narratives reminded me of Faulkner. I think the author did a great job of bringing a time period, subject matter, and characters to life.
Kipabi
After the first several pages, I almost gave up. Reading italics seems so gimicky and needless. But no - it's a sly and clever way to make you see the story from two points of view, the doctor's and the patient's. The time period is interesting, the characters are interesting, the plot, while simple enough, has a true feeling. I would slow down, savor this, enjoy.

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