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☆ Read ☆ The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod ô Taking forever to read Have set it aside Find the language is sometimes too dense and flowery I bought the book as I too lost an eye and thought this book would speak to me But half way thru I have set it aside Just not working for me I won t give up on the book, I ll eventually get back to it.
I wanted so badly to love this book but even though the author has a way of turning a phrase, I couldn t finish the book He seemed to be a man lost in his own self pity Obviously from a wealthy, privileged family, he wallows in his misfortune as though he had been permanently maimed in war Losing an eye is heart breaking to be sure, but my god, get a grip man Many people, even children, have sustained much worse and come to grips much quickly and with less fuss He could evolve into a good writer if he gets his head out of the dark space it is in and realizes the entirety of life is not about him I am disappointed, to say the least Actually, I stopped feeling anything for him once he purposely ran over and crushed the snail Mo A surprisingly beautiful book I usually prefer novels to memoirs, but this book shows what memoirs do best It s gorgeously written and takes on universal questions about identity and about how we orient in the world after loss in a profoundly personal way Don t miss it.
I m not an avid reader by any stretch but I heard about this book on the radio and thought I d give it a shot The author does a great job of conveying his story in an easy to read story about the life before and after the turning point which led to his journey.
It is a time for memoirs First Oliver Sacks On the Move and next Howard Axelrod s deeply moving and intensely vulnerable tale of re establishing his reason for living Both had near death experiences and were able to find a direction and sense of purpose that enabled them to reenter living and make a contribution to their worlds The Point of Vanishing takes the reader to many moments of inner terror and gently and forcefully brings us back to realize that Life and living need to be individually explored and embraced No one formula exists for all We are each on a singular journey and are called upon to find our own voice that can speak to our own reasons for being Family, love, friends are not the sole source of strength Axelrod defines a space and place of solitude to explore and finally doiscover what works for him It is a very wo
I won t go into detail on the story itself, but for someone drawn to nature and solitude, it was fascinating to hear the inner thoughts and some hints of the logistical side of a man just simply shutting himself away from the world the thought of if, when, and how he could re ins Well written throughout But I had difficulty following the various subtle changes in the author s perception and consciousness which somehow lacked authenticity Although, in some sections, the narration felt sincere, at other times Mr Axelrod was overly invested in manufacturing profundity On one page I counted eight similes, each lovely and original but working against each other.
Named One Of The Best books Of The Year By Slate, Chicago Tribune, Entropy Magazine, And Named One Of The Top Memoirs By Library Journal Into The Wildmeets Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Mana Lyrical Memoir Of A Life Changed In An Instant And Of The Perilous Beauty Of Searching For Identity In Solitude On A Clear May Afternoon At The End Of His Junior Year At Harvard, Howard Axelrod Played A Pick Up Game Of Basketball In A Skirmish For A Loose Ball, A Boys Finger Hooked Behind Axelrods Eyeball And Left Him Permanently Blinded In His Right Eye A Week Later, He Returned To The Same Dorm Room, But To A Different World A World Where Nothing Looked Solid, Where The Distance Between How People Saw Him And How He Saw Had Widened Into A Gulf Desperate For A Sense Of Orientation He Could Trust, He Retreated To A Jerry Rigged House In The Vermont Woods, Where He Lived Without A Computer Or Television, And Largely Without Human Contact, For Two Years He Needed To Find, Away From Societys Pressures And Rush, A Sense Of Meaning That Couldnt Be Changed In An Instant Despite the recent loss of vision in an eye, Howard Axelrod escapes to the solitude of the Vermont woods for two years and learns to see clearly Luckily for his readers, he succeeds and shares his new vision skillfully, by combining words and using metaphor with a skill unusual for a first book author.
Alexrod s journey to the woods is not essentially Thereauvian although comparisons are inevitable Rather, he seeks solitude as an opportunity to self discover That s the point The focus isn t philosophical at the core even though his return to suburbia elicits satirical amusement Rather, Alerod s ability to look with a powerful sensitivity lets him bring us along on his search.
While finding himself, Axelrod helps us find our own senses again His writing, wonderfully inventive, helps us see nature, hear sounds like a native The book is a memoir about Axelrod s two years of solitude in Vermont, He chooses to go into his exile from life after a traumatic accident, although the book jumps around to other periods in his life Most of the solitude seems to take place in the winter with lots and lots of snow and only a few mentions of the spring and summer he spends there I was glad I read it, but found it and him a bit too self involved.