The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Fanny Howe

The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life

University of California Press
Publication date: October 2003
ISBN: 9780520937192
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""Fanny Howe draws the reader into her meditations on spiritual illuminations with a simplicity and an originality of vision and style that I find in no other contemporary work dealing with mysticism.""â¿¿Etel Adnan, poet and author of The Spring Flowers Own & the Manifestation of the Voyage ""Here we reach the quick: the cutting edge between faith and fiction. These are not sentences, they are surgical incisions; the whole book a signpost for the new century.""â¿¿Mark Patrick Hederman, Irish Benedictine monk and author of Tarot, Talisman or Taboo ""The Wedding Dress is the precious end product of an unique sensibility that combines faith, wisdom, experience and an uncompromising pursuit of beauty and truth.""â¿¿Piers Paul Read, author of The Templars and Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors ""This is an ax of a book, like Kafka's, breaking through the ice of received wisdom, fake attitudes, piety. An unflinching but exhilarating look at real religion, the American desolation, a woman's life, and, always, the redemption of literature. The sharpened edge is Fanny Howe's love of the truth, which (after cutting) does indeed set free.""â¿¿James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword and Secret Father ""Fanny Howe's latest book is a primer for the mind America does not know it has. Her prose is utterly simple and truthful yet rings with the formal elegance of past centuries. These pages are a dazzling handbook on the riddles of language, breath and speech. At every moment in the book Fanny is present, precise, mischievous, awesome, a companion in arms to her readers. When she turns with us to address the Unknown, she brings us face to face as no other writer I know can do.""â¿¿Mark Jay Mirsky, editor of the journal Fiction ""This is, without exaggeration, an extraordinary book. The essays have the concentration and obliquity and suggestiveness of prose poems. The sentences are characteristically short and direct, grammatically simple and seemingly to the point. But so much thinking and responding and feeling have been distilled into these deceptively straightforward statements that they often have the tantalizing and paradoxical witchery of runes. There is no one else like Fanny Howe on the contemporary literary scene.""â¿¿Albert Gelpi, Stanford University ""An important book for anyone interested in contemporary literature and the role of the artist in the present. These essays on the art enact a vital intervention with race, gender, faith, motherhood, and poetry. Fanny Howe uses Doubt to smash conventional systems of belief and Bewilderment to investigate political injustice and to shape a humane response, displaying an embodied wisdom that is both brilliantly articulate and precariously lived.""â¿¿Peter Gizzi, author of Artificial Heart ""I have never before had such a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual experience while reading one book. Fanny Howe makes words reality, thought beauty, and learning meditation. I went with her from 'Bewilderment' to agreeing that this book is 'a path' and 'like a plot--once formed, it seems to welcome and pull you into it.' And I am grateful.""â¿¿Frances Smith Foster, author of Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892
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