I AM, I AM, I AM by Maggie O’Farrell
My Rating: 💙💙💙💙
Publisher:Knopf Publishing Group
Genres: Biography, Memoir, Autobiography
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death.
I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O’Farrell’s astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter–for whom this book was written–from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life’s myriad dangers.
Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O’Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.”
My Thoughts & Review
This was the first book I’ve read by this author. I have heard lots of good things about her previous books as well as this one so I thought I would give it ago and see what all the fuss was about.
I managed to pick up this book from my local library. To be honest even though I had heard good things about this book I couldn’t remember what it was about. All I actually remembered was the front cover and the title. I absolutely love this version of the front cover.
I thought this book was beautifully written. It’s so simple yet interesting and very engaging. I loved reading about the authors near death experiences and how she had overcome everything.
I loved how each chapter is about a particular experience. But the issue I had with this was the experiences that O’Farrell wrote about were not written in any chronological order and at times I got confused as she went back to when she was younger and then the next chapter was set a few years later.
Overall a very enjoyable and easy to read book, which I raced through. Highly recommend this book if you haven’t already read it.
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