Lying A Metaphorical Memoir In this powerful and provocative new memoir award winning author Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own p

  • Title: Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
  • Author: Lauren Slater
  • ISBN: 9780142000069
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this powerful and provocative new memoir, award winning author Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own personal fictions Mixing memoir with mendacity, Slater examines memories of her youth, when after being diagnosed with a strange illness she developed seizures and neurologicaIn this powerful and provocative new memoir, award winning author Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own personal fictions Mixing memoir with mendacity, Slater examines memories of her youth, when after being diagnosed with a strange illness she developed seizures and neurological disturbances and the compulsion to lie Openly questioning the reliability of memoir itself, Slater presents the mesmerizing story of a young woman who discovers not only what plagues her but also what cures her the birth of her sensuality, her creativity as an artist, and storytelling as an act of healing.

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    1. I absolutely hated this book. But I might be lying when I say I hated this book. Because sometimes a lie is true and sometimes a lie is just a flat out lie. Sometimes a lie is liminal and sneaky, a covert sort of veracity, a very Heideggerian truth, a Stephen Colbert "truthiness" sort of truth. It is a parlor trick predicated on a delicate tissue of confabulations and exaggerations. Oh, and did I mention the fact that I am a former supermodel? This may, or may not be true. But I "feel" as if I m [...]

    2. This was a tricky book to read, because the author/narrator tells you right off the bat that maaaaaaybe she made some things up and maaaaaybe she didn't. Which is, I guess, the truth about most memoirs, but Slater likes to remind you now and then that what you just read might have only happened in her mind. Very tricksy, but not as off-putting as it might sound. This self-consciousness comes off less as po-mo defense tactics than honest representation, because central to the memoir is her seizur [...]

    3. "Come with me, reader. I am toying with you, yes, but for a real reason. I am asking you to enter the confusion with me, to give up the ground with me, because sometimes that frightening floaty place is really the truest of all. Kierkegaard says, "The greatest lie of all is the feeling of firmness beneath our feet. We are at our most when we are lost." Enter that lostness with me. Live in the place I am, where the view is murky, where the connecting bridges and orienting maps have been surgicall [...]

    4. Slater is an excellent writer. I liked the play between fact and fiction and her central theme that one can get to the essence of truth through fiction--especially when a ficticious situation is used as an extended metaphor--as opposed to fact. I enjoyed the first quarter of the book. After that it devolved into narcissism and she belabors the "Am I lying? Am I not? Does it matter?" game that she plays with her reader. She claims this book is about her relationship with her mom (primarily) and m [...]

    5. It's difficult to describe this brilliant memoir without reducing it to a simple, inadequate description--it is about illness, it is about the slipperiness of what is real in memory and even in present experience. It is also, like many memoirs, a coming-of-age story. However, it is also one of the most powerful, artful memoirs I have read. Slater's gorgeously crafted lines and scenes set up a world in which factuality is less important than narrative truth, and then she takes this idea a step be [...]

    6. Slater is controversial for her mixture of truth and fiction: this book is a memoir about her epilepsy, but apparently she did not have epilepsy; in another book, she has written novelized histories of actual psychological experiments. She also presents herself as a liar, saying at first it is a typical symptom of epilepsy, but then, when it emerges that she may not have been an epileptic, the lying becomes a narrative strategy for getting at underlying truths.[return][return]Slater has been rev [...]

    7. (Homework response, November 7th, 2011)Lauren Slater is trying to challenge the reader's concepts of reality and truth in her book Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir. The idea of the story potentially being false is first presented in the introduction, which is written by a fictional psychologist. I think it is interesting that she included this, because if she hadn't, the reveal of her potential lie about epilepsy would have come more gradual. The first place where she admits to adding something to t [...]

    8. I couldn’t decide for a while whether I loved or hated Lauren Slater’s book Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir. Finally, maybe a quarter of the way into it, I decided I loved it and I never changed my mind again. But it’s the kind of book I would think carefully about before I recommended it to anyone, as it strikes me as potentially hateable. It seems that Slater has a talent for stirring up controversy (whether this is what she intends or not, I’m not sure). My first introduction to her was [...]

    9. SPOILER ALERT: This is my favorite partSecretly each and every one of us longs to fall, and knows in a deep wise place in our brains that surrender is the means by which we gain, not lose, our lives. We know this, and that is why we have bad backs and pulled necks and throbbing pain between our shoulder blades. We want to go down, and it hurts to fight the force of gravityWilliam James talks about two kinds of will. Will A and Will B, I call it. Will A is what we all learn, the hold your head hi [...]

    10. I can understand why someone would love this book and why someone else (especially someone who has written a more straightforward memoir of illness) might absolutely hate it, given Slater's blatant, almost aggressive blurring of the line between memoir and fiction, but I'm an enthusiastic member of the former camp rather than the latter. I can't say, based on how she comes across as a character on the page, that I'd want to spend time with the author, but that's really none of my business as a r [...]

    11. I've read and liked at least one and probably two of Lauren Slater's other books. Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir? Not as much, although I very much like the ideas behind it and would like it as an essay. I'm not sure if this is her book being stylistically different or me having different preferences.Slater's memoir is a lie – and it is truthful. Does she have epilepsy, which was partially cured by a corpus callostomy? Was she faking her seizures (if they even happened)? Does it matter? Slater a [...]

    12. I really enjoyed reading Lauren Slater’s Lying because of the range of experimentation within the text. The problem I often have with memoir is the tendency some writers have to be overly poignant and important about their life stories. Personally, I’m not a real fan of that type of memoir. That’s why I really appreciated Slater’s ability to tell her story with a really specific kind of coherence and intelligence. She is able to look at the experiences within her life from a critical as [...]

    13. it's impossible to know if I would like this book so much had I not read it as a young teenager. it was one of the first meta-books (metafiction? metamemoir? meta-metaphorical memoir?) I ever read. plus Slater's sentences are silky-smooth, the kind I loved back then. Lying is in my head in a major way and I always enjoy rereading it. I have since known several pathological liars, including one who probably has Munchausen's, so Slater's book has taken on the additional aspect of giving me an insi [...]

    14. I absolutely adored this memoir, but perhaps it's not for everyone. "Lying" is the coming of age story of Lauren Slater and describes her battle with epilepsy and the attendant neurological and psychological symptoms, which include a tendency to exaggerate and lie. Throughout the memoir Slater is up front about the fact that she is blending fact and fiction and is using epilepsy as a metaphor for her mind and the things she is struggling with. So you're never quite clear what is "fact" and what [...]

    15. Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir is a memoir about growing up with epilepsy or maybe not. Though ostensibly a work of nonfiction, this isn't as straightforward as your average living-with-illness memoir. What happens when the narrator has an admitted penchant for “exaggerating”? Very interesting things!!Seizing is grabbing for something, wanting to take hold of it. It's about Slater's empty mouth, chewed up and raw, a hunger so violent she's eating her own tongue. Slater does a lot of longing th [...]

    16. First, let me say that I love Slater's style, especially the first half of the book. However, like most nonfiction writers, the ending threw me, and I can see why this book received the backlash it did. I do have to commend Slater for her honesty, however, those slivers of honesty that shed light on her mental state and the true (but not necessarily factual) story she wished to tell."'Shh,' everyone was saying, 'you're in denial,' everyone was saying, and I felt grateful that nothing would chang [...]

    17. If you said to me, "Who is your favorite writer?" I would probably say Ursula K. Le Guin. But if you then clarified a bit and said, "No, I mean, whose writing is so surprisingly and shockingly well crafted that you can't read it without feeling like you just stepped into a puddle of ice water?" I would say, "Oh, duh. You mean Lauren Slater. She's the best. Like, she might actually be *the* best."

    18. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, simply because I spent the entire time thinking to myself: "What in the world is this crazy lady going to do next?" Slater completely succeeds in her goal of blurring the line between fiction and memoir, making a very interesting story. I was able to read this in an afternoon, and loved the fast pacing.

    19. Very interesting format, style, and beautifully written. Is it a novel; is it a memoir; are these facts, or fictions? Slater's text refuses to be bullied into categorization. I recommend this for anyone interested in the storytelling trade. (Also: a lot of great insight into temporal lobe epilepsy, metaphorical or not.)

    20. At the end of reading this, I put the book down and realised that I still have no idea whether this is a memoir or a novel. Which means that Slater accomplished what she set out to do.Fascinating reading, be it fact or fiction.

    21. This wasn't a good book. I ordered it at a time when I was very interested in the notion of personal narrative building - the place of fiction in constructing an identity and understanding our own lives, particularly in instances of somewhat disrupted consciousness, as in the case of certain personality disorders or mental illnesses. 'Lying' seemed an ideal read. Slater describes the book as a "metaphorical memoir". She sets out to blur the lines between memoir and fiction, publishing as non-fic [...]

    22. I know that a lot of people in reading this book felt frustrated because we don't know whether the author is lying or not. But for me, it didn't matter if she was lying or not. Besides, how do we know that other people who are writing their memoirs aren't lying? We don't. There's no true way of knowing, unless I guess they pass a polygraph while reading their memoir. But even that can get shady. Whether or not Slater has epilepsy isn't what interested me. It's not something I obsessed about. Ins [...]

    23. This book is as hard to rate on a five-star scale as it is to figure out what "really happens." Slater does remind us constantly that everything she's saying could be a lie. But I didn't truly get into her frame of mind until the end, when Slater lays out her "motto" with such clear, solid language it'd be hard to miss. As much as I bumbled my way through this memoir, I ultimately liked it. The writing was strong, the formatting was interesting (it had a letter to her actual editor on how to mar [...]

    24. Very postmodern, I get it. I don't read nonfiction for the "real" aspect (ok I do to a degree but it's not the #1 thing that makes me interested in the story) so for me my focus on the text was not with the truth vs fabrication issue, but rather the underlying reasons of why. The other elements of the book, such as her relationship with her parents. The book goes into an interesting discussion on having an emotional "hole", and disease. The book is a very quick and quirky read, the humor is char [...]

    25. It’s going to take me a long time to digest this book, but no doubt it’s love at first read. A brilliant book in analyzing what crosses genres in literature, our physical and mental make up, and in how to tell a story. I see how someone could hate this book. For me, I stepped into its willingness to explore what is reality versus tall tales and have fallen out the other end believing nothing, and yet everything, is real.

    26. I plowed through this book in one day, and found my whole world colliding with the world of this book. A BRILLIANT work of postmodern nonfiction.

    27. A smart, slippery memoir, in which it’s hard to define what’s a metaphor, a lie or a fact, which is exactly what she went for. It’sa coming of age of a girl who may or may not have epilepsy.

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