Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

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Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

Metamorphosis: A Life in Pieces

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On that day, a neurologist briskly explained to him that his recent MRI scan had revealed the existence of lesions on his spine and brain that were almost certainly the result of MS, and in that moment – whoosh! You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Within weeks, he deteriorated further – had blurred vision for an hour when he woke up, fell over in the street by the Bodleian Library, felt electric shocks tasering his spine if he bent his neck. But it recalibrated so many other things besides: his relationships with other people, and with his surroundings. The description on the jacket of Cummings’ book describes it as ‘joyful and despairing, self-lacerating and witty.

The electric shocks that ran up and down his spine if he bent his neck forward made him feel as if he was being Tasered at close quarters; in the mornings, his vision was blurred; his legs grew more unpredictable, and his falls more frequent. And part of the agenda here, no doubt, is to make readers just a little more aware of MS (which clearly has a history of misrepresentation) - whichever passport they currently hold. It wasn’t clear the disease definitely would get worse, or how quickly it would if it did,” he says, handing me a slice of homemade fruit cake. It meant a six-month wait, during which time he developed problems with speech and speed of thought.This is a beautifully written memoir- the story of a devastating diagnosis but it is so much more than that. His symptoms – the struggle to get out of a hot bath; the feeling, after a long walk, that his legs could no longer carry him – had hitherto been more bothersome than distressing or painful. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed.

And, above all, it's a darkly comic and moving reflection on what it means to be human in a world where nothing is certain. At times he felt like Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days, buried up to her neck; or like Prufrock (“how his arms and legs are thin”); or like Robinson Crusoe (“No rest all night, violent pains in my head”).Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and an award-wining biographer and critic. Above all, he discovered the brilliant naturalist Bruce Cummings, whose book The Journal of a Disappointed Man, published under the pseudonym WNP Barbellion in 1919, becomes a parallel text here, with generous quotations from its diary entries and a heartfelt account of the author’s life. It's partly an act of defiance, creating a written narrative out of a bodily narrative over which he feels no control. The last thing you want is well-intentioned but unhelpful advice, when everyone becomes Google doctor.



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