The Art of Starvation: An Adolescence Observed Sheila Macleod

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Published: January 1st 1987

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181 pages


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The Art of Starvation: An Adolescence Observed  by  Sheila Macleod

The Art of Starvation: An Adolescence Observed by Sheila Macleod
January 1st 1987 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 181 pages | ISBN: | 4.36 Mb

Guilty truth: I cant help imagining the subtitle as The Academic Anorexic. This is an odd blend of memoir and academic literature analysis. The author addresses her own experience in the context of expert opinions of the time, but she also flips it -- measuring the literature against her experience.This hampers here, in places -- she dismisses out of hand ideas that might be true for others because they were not true for her- much of the research she cites now seems terribly outdated -- but I love that shes well read enough, and sharp enough, to pull from and expand upon such a swath of material and use is discerningly.

Mind, there are things that I find distinctly odd -- that, for example, she considers herself as not having been mentally ill for the bulk of her anorexia (page 106)- her recipe for anorexia seems to rely too heavily on personal experience -- but for the most part, well, interesting nuance.



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