- Title: Speaking of Love
- Author: Angela Young
- ISBN: null
- Page: 487
- Format: Kindle Edition
Why do we find it so very difficult to say the things that matter the most What happens when people find it impossible to say the words I love you Parents fail their children and those same children abandon their parents lovers grow apart and, occasionally, mental disintegration prohibits communication altogether Iris experiences pain, loneliness and fear Her daughteWhy do we find it so very difficult to say the things that matter the most What happens when people find it impossible to say the words I love you Parents fail their children and those same children abandon their parents lovers grow apart and, occasionally, mental disintegration prohibits communication altogether Iris experiences pain, loneliness and fear Her daughter, Vivie, longs for love but thinks herself unlovable And Matthew, Vivie s would be lover, fails to say how he feels Speaking of Love is nonetheless a novel about hope and the restoration of trust, a novel that shows how stories can help make sense of our complicated internal worlds When a single moment brings all the characters together there is an opportunity for years of mistrust, hopelessness and loneliness to give way to reconciliation and, most of all, the opportunity for each person to find the courage to say what is in their hearts The real risk, it seems to me, lies in not talking about the things that matter the most That s what made Iris ill What we don t say doesn t go away.
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"When you know that love exists but it isn't spoken about can be very hard to bear."Speaking of Love tells the story of Iris, a damaged woman suffering with schizophrenia; Vivie, her troubled daughter, fighting the ghosts of her past and the failures of her present; and Matthew, Vivie's childhood friend, living a life filled with regret, guilt, and shame. This one was a bit of a slow starter for me, very probably because its not the sort of thing I usually read and so I needed something to grab [...]
as usual with me and British authors, the first 10 pages I almost drop the book, but past page 10 and Angela Young got me as a fan for life. With an amazingly good trip into the mental health institutions of the UK, the world of art and motherhood, I lived every minute of this book in my own skind learnt lots about part of the British culture which amazed me and made me feel proud of having adopted this country as my home (which doens't happen often)Brilliant read. I', looking forward to Young's [...]
Oh dear,it all got a bit boring if I am honesting gripped me so I kept falling asleep and I couldn't really follow who was who easily.Only ok
Summary:Iris had a lonely childhood growing up without a mother and being emotionally neglected by her father. So when she starts hearing her mother’s voice, she doesn’t tell anyone for fear her mother will leave her again. However, that’s not the only voice she hears. The voices subside after Iris meets Kit Marchwood, but when he abandons her and their daughter, Vivie, Iris has a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric center. Vivie tries to keep Iris from the brink of madness, but whe [...]
Written from point of view of all major characters, it has Schizophrenia as its main backdrop. Besides the inability of people to express love in so many words. There is a detailed description of the mental state of the patient, of what goes on in their minds. I dont know how authentic it is, but it is a good attempt at increasing awareness and sensitivity towards the mental ailment. The severity of side-effects and amount of blame assigned to the medications is suspect and could have been avoid [...]
We all have ghosts in our pasts and if we were all being honest have each and everyone one of us suffered a degree of mental anguish. For those that it becomes something more pervading it can be all consuming and I was so pleased to read this book and see the way in which author Angela Young has approach the subject in the context of her story. True to life with incredible sensitivity, a very absorbing read.
Not a book I would usually read, simply because of the subject matter, but I would have been foolish to have given it a miss. Beautifully written and sensitive to the subject of mental health issues I found it highly absorbing as the different narratives came together. Have already recommended to friends who I hope will read it.
A very gentle novel. One flaw was that the back never mentioned schizophrenia or mental illness which is what the book focused on. Story telling also provided a major point. Its very different but thats because I don't usually read books about mental illness but I would recommend it.
Speaking Of Love is a bittersweet story tenderly told . Offering wonderful insight into the troubled mind it had me deep in thought for days after reading it. My first book by Angela Young and definitely not the last.
WHY: A book about storytelling and the ways people communicate (or fail to do so). The tag line is "a novel about what happens when people who love each other don't say so."
A wonderful novel. I might not normally pick up something which deals with mental illness as a central theme, but I am so glad I did.
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