A Preparation for Death

Traditional autobiography is composed after the experience has passed I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most wr Traditional autobiography is composed after the experience has passed I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most writing Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing and his life changed utterly.A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure and its consequences , personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth telling Studded with vivid, loving portraits of the people closest to him his Austrian grandmother, who narrowly survived the Second World War his mother and father, both described with heartbreakingly close attention and his cousin Walter, whose own demons provide a striking counterpoint to the author s it is above all a stunningly vivid and searching self portrait possibly the most honest book you ll ever read.
A Preparation for Death Traditional autobiography is composed after the experience has passed I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it In his early thirties Greg Baxter found himself in a stra

  • Title: A Preparation for Death
  • Author: Greg Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780141048444
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Preparation for Death”

    1. "I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it it is a constant rush into the darkness of the undiscovered. I was living a hectic life and I presumed I would simply have a heart attack and die before the question of an end arose The urgency with which I pursued honesty is, in every sentence of this book, a preparation for death.""Hectic" doesn't begin to describe his life. Baxter's book starts off with a bang - over-dramatized, maybe, but convincing. Barely into his 30s [...]

    2. I’ve found that memoirs are difficult to talk about in polite company: Beyond theory, how do I treat as separate entities the life and the text used to evoke that life? Yes, the “right” thing to do would be to separate the two—or to judge only the text, if it gives justice to the life—an unnatural move, in my opinion, when both are so intertwined and so essential to each other. Can I say one has had a unremarkable life, but the writing makes me breathless? Or can I say that the writing [...]

    3. I’ve always been slightly wary of autobiographies that are written whilst the subject is still relatively young. They can often feel incomplete, particularly when you know the author is still successful in their chosen career. Frequently they are also written from an immediate perspective which time can alter thanks to hindsight.All this aside, I was quite looking forward to Greg Baxter’s ‘’A Preparation for Death’’, which seemed to promise slightly different from many autobiographie [...]

    4. I've marked this as 'read', because I've returned it to the library and I'm not going to read any more, but I haven't finished it. I didn't like it at all. The writing was plain and clumsy, and the narrator very unpleasant. When he started the detailed description of his sleeping around, I quit.

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