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Lists with This Book. Apr 12, Liz rated it it was amazing. An impossible book to categorise, Australian author Joel Magarey’s autobiographical Exposure published by Wakefield Press, South Australia, is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. A travel journal, love story and first person narrative of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCDthe richly written Exposure needs more than one reading to fully appreciate.
The stories of Magarey’s life are rhythmically woven through two chronological narratives occurring mostly through the s. The first An impossible book to categorise, Australian author Joel Magarey’s autobiographical Exposure published by Wakefield Press, South Australia, is somehow greater than the sum of its parts.
The first deals primarily with Magarey’s two years of solo world travel, the other with his deep but difficult relationship with ‘the wise and tender Penny’ back cover. Characterisation is the feature of the book.
The main characters, Joel and Penny, are accompanied by a swathe of secondary characters family, travel companions, lovers but it is the disarmingly honest self-disclosures, the sweet descriptions of relationship and the anthropomorphised OCD that holds the heart of the story. While the tales are often comical, the humour often hides a deeper significance.
Exposure: a Journey by Joel Magarey
Like the auguries of the OCD that is to develop in later life. I wasn’t surprised to be the Son of Man. Far from it; it seemed natural to me. I’d been clearly chosen, I thought, for something. Otherwise why had if fallen to me to win the state under-ten eighty-meter hurdles final? Why did I win so many of the competitions I really wanted to magaret, and why, on the occasions I lost, did my losses seem to result from a special, a chosen-feeling, kind of bad luck?
Using the dialogue of his compulsions, and vivid descriptions of the associated somatic experiences, Magarey offers the reader a chance to really feel the terrifying and controlling nature of the disorder, while also being able to laugh at the utter absurdness of the compulsions.
The sobering nature of the condition hits home in one particular episode.
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A bird no doubt. The idea that perhaps it was a person, maybe an injured person plagues Joel such that he spends the next three days and nights searching for this possible missing person before deciding he should leave the island for his own safety.
Visceral descriptions of ‘a hot-and-cold sourness, an acidic liquid pain began slicing its way up and down my limbs, and my mind became so dark and panic stricken I could no longer tell what was ridiculous and what wasn’t’ p show how painful, distressing and dangerous the disorder can be. Magarey’s loving descriptions of Penny makes you wish you were more like her.
However it is their relationship more than the character Penny herself, that tells the story. We’ve loved for seven years, travelled the earth. Together we split Siberia’s snows.
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In Adelaide once I waited on a street corner for her for two hours. In a hotel room in Bombay she held me back from madness.
She’s wise and her soul is pure. Unless I risk everything and get it back. The core theme through the book is that of the paradox of freedom. What does freedom really mean and can it deliver our heart’s desires? I’d thought I’d been staying free, and that freedom would somehow bring me all I’d wanted — without the risks involved in actually choosing and having it. So that I’d never exposed myself, after all, to the magafey of having.
The book offers a vicariously painful reminder that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side, it’s just a state of mind. Dec 16, Philip rated it did not like it. Oh boy, where the hell do I start? Maybe in the editing of myself, which unfortunately neither Mr.
Magarey or his publisher deemed necessary to do in this book. Honestly, Jiel can’t determine who is more at blame here. Joel Magarey is certainly two things: Not a good writer and 2. A seemingly self-absorbed douche bag whose OCD certainly can’t be entirely to blame for. His publisher on the other hand deserves a worse critique in that while writers are very often too deep into the work and self-pity Oh boy, where the hell do I start?
And then there is my question as to how did they get J. Coetzee to donate a pull-quote for the jacket. That is the only thing about this book that will continue to keep me up at night. Dec 23, Sean Tobin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A striking and original book, brilliantly carried through and superbly written.
I was moved by Joel Magarey’s unshakeable honesty, as well as the painful difficulties endured by him and his ever-patient lover Penny. The travel is scary and hilarious but it’s the journey mxgarey mental illness and love that really got me.
It’s lyrical and it’s laugh-out-loud funny.
He’s also given me glimpses of many kinds of suffering ‘out there’ in the world, and many kinds of joy. Wendy Siryj rated it really liked it Apr 03, Natalie Marshall rated it liked it Feb 08, Rueben rated it it was amazing Jan 20, Dayro rated it really liked it Jan 03, Tegs rated it it was ok Jun 05, Maria Spathis rated it liked it Jan 19, Keith Williams rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Adam rated it liked it Jul 16, Peter rated it really liked it Jan 14, Allison Rimshaw rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Joanne rated it really liked it Aug 08, Kathie rated it did not like it Sep 01, Kimberley rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Mega Berbintang marked it as to-read Apr 12, Michelle marked it as to-read Jan 18, Brigette added it Jul 23, Claire marked it as to-read Mar 12, Kirsten marked it as to-read May 12, Katherine marked it as to-read Jul 15, Isabel Hansen added it Dec 22, Natasha marked it as to-read Feb 15, Iroulito91 marked it as to-read Apr 22, Cangie marked it as to-read Jun 07, Wakefield Press added it May 19, Rachie added it Aug 09, Lauren marked it as to-read Mar 22, MaryG2E marked it as to-read Apr 04, Annette Baker marked it as to-read Oct 12, Laura Wasley marked it as to-read Apr 30, Nicole Gauss marked it as to-read May 27, Nancy added it Apr 06, Sara Betty marked it as to-read Oct 17, Igrowastreesgrow marked it as to-read Jul 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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