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Can You Tolerate This?
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Can You Tolerate This?

Ashleigh Young

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing | Language - English | Binding - Hard Bound

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About the Book: Can You Tolerate This?

Beautiful, unusual and memorable. . . I love this book MAGGIE NELSON, author of THE ARGONAUTS

In Can You Tolerate This?-the title comes from the question chiropractors ask to test a patients pain threshold-Ashleigh Young ushers us into her early years in the faraway yet familiar landscape of New Zealand: fantasising about Paul McCartney, cheering on her older brothers fledging music career, and yearning for a larger and more creative life.

As Youngs perspective expands, a series of historical portraits-a boy with a rare skeletal disease, a French postman who built a stone fortress by hand, a generation of Japanese shut-ins-strike unexpected personal harmonies, as an unselfconscious childhood gives way to painful shyness in adolescence. As we watch Young fall in and out of love, undertake intense physical exercise that masks something deeper, and gradually find herself through her writing, a highly particular psyche comes into view: curious, tender and exacting in her observations of herself and the world around her.

How to bear each moment of experience: the inconsequential as much as the shattering?

In this spirited and singular collection of essays, Ashleigh Young attempts to find some measure of clarity amidst the uncertainty, exploring the uneasy tensions-between safety and risk, love and solitude, the catharsis of grief and the ecstasy of creation-that define our lives.

About the Author: Ashleigh Young

Ashleigh Young is the author of the award-winning essay collection Can You Tolerate This?, as well as a critically acclaimed book of poetry, Magnificent Moon. The recipient of a 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize in Nonfiction and an Ockham New Zealand Book Award, among other honours, Ashleigh Young is an editor at Victoria University Press, and teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


Book: Can You Tolerate This?
ISBN-13: 9781526600356
Product Code EBK0428317
Binding: Hard Bound
Publishing Date: 2018-08-10
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Number of Pages: 256
Language: English

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