Too afraid to cry

Too afraid to cry In this powerful memoir in language shorn of all embellishment Ali Cobby Eckermann whose spirit was damaged a long time ago tells us about her abusive childhood aimless youth filled with drugs a

  • Title: Too afraid to cry
  • Author: Ali Cobby Eckermann
  • ISBN: 9788189059705
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this powerful memoir, in language shorn of all embellishment, Ali Cobby Eckermann, whose spirit was damaged a long time ago , tells us about her abusive childhood, aimless youth filled with drugs and bad decisions, and finally, the discovery of the ancient anchors of her people The anchors are also wings, for her story is the story of the Stolen Generations of the IndIn this powerful memoir, in language shorn of all embellishment, Ali Cobby Eckermann, whose spirit was damaged a long time ago , tells us about her abusive childhood, aimless youth filled with drugs and bad decisions, and finally, the discovery of the ancient anchors of her people The anchors are also wings, for her story is the story of the Stolen Generations of the Indigenous people of Australia It is a testament to their ancient knowledge, the ability to locate a route, even a life route, with their songs, the power of healing and hope, and the wisdom of Dreamtime every moment contains an eternity of possibilities.Creating a new form by mixing poetry and prose the circles of Aboriginal culture with the squares of whiteness, the circles of bush ways with the squares that whitefellas fix Ali builds a new home for her astonishing story This is a brave book, written by a woman who has faced her demons, transformed her suffering into a work of art, and found her true sitting place in the world.

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    1. This heartbreaking memoir delves into the stolen Indigenous childhood of generations in Australia, as Ali Cobby Eckermann powerfully reflects on how her identity was shaped by these oppressive forces!

    2. Truly deserves the rating of absolutely amazing.I am I awe of this lady's ability to write, to tell her story and to go forward in life in what appears to be a very positive way.The blurb says it brilliantly about the way the book is written"in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse"The author takes you the reader along on the ride that is her life experience, and the bluntness of the prose helps you to absorb the enormity of what has happened in her life without getting caught up in any [...]

    3. Read in June 2015The memoir is written in simple, spare prose that hides more than it reveals; the verses that intersperse it seek to articulate the pain, heartbreak and hope that the prose chooses to state without elaboration. It's not the kind of book I can easily appreciate - my pig-headedness in understanding verse and inability to fully empathise with the raw emotion that often underpins spare prose proved to be hardy impediments. However, there are enough moments that bring home the unbear [...]

    4. #mustreadI don't often recommend books, but I would have never come across this had I not met Ali Cobby Eckermann at a New Zealand literary festival and become completely enamored, completely by accident. Unless you believe in fate, then the universe intentionally took me to New Zealand so I could find out about this small, tender and honest memoir–and that is not without possibility.

    5. I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.In this memoir, Ali Cobby Eckermann recounts her life as she remembers it in simple, straightforward prose divided into 1-2 page chapters and poems. The events packed into these short chapters are heavy--Eckermann is part of the Stolen Generation, Aboriginal children who were taken from their families at birth and adopted into white Australian families between 1910-1970. Her life is a monument to the devastating effec [...]

    6. This is a book about families. Extended family, immediate family, add-ons and blow-ins. Families who are related by blood, by legal adoption, or by the loose ties of people declaring “these friends are my family”. It’s about belonging in more than one family, and moving assuredly in each.Ali Cobby Eckermann is a product of Australia’s stolen generations. She was lucky, and was given to a white, adoptive family who loved her, but even in the security of her adopted family, bad things happ [...]

    7. I was really intrigued by the description of this one - a firsthand account of the horrific racist policy of forcibly taking Aboriginal children away from their families from the perspective of one who was taken - but unfortunately I couldn't get into it. Told in a simple, straightforward manner, "Too Afraid to Cry" starts when Eckermann is a child and goes through her life until she reaches adulthood. At first I appreciated the sparse, straight style, but as the story progressed it started to g [...]

    8. cavebookreviews/Ali Cobby Eckermann's memoir of her childhood as the adopted Aboriginal girl of a German family in Australia is half heartbreaking and many parts joy. ACE tells a story of childhood trauma and confusion about who she was. The narrative is clean, flows simply as if she is telling a story by the campfire. Interspersed between chapters, ACE gives us poetry that is beautiful, raising the story to great heights. I was particularly surprised at the transitory nature of Ali's life. Afte [...]

    9. Very sparse memoir of growing up as an Aboriginal girl in Australia.There was an ugly movement to remove these children from their parents. the hopes that they would become more civilized. Each chapter ends with poetry. Perhaps it's the translation, as I didnt/couldn't viscerally connect with what truly is a horrific period of racism.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.

    10. Disclaimer: I got an advance reading copy through a giveaway.Too Afraid to Cry tells of a very different life than mine or of the stories I know. Ali Cobby Eckermann tells of abuse as a female and of adoption as an aboriginal child. She uses both prose and poetry for the story-telling. She tried running away from many of her troubles. Away was a mix of distance and drinking. But eventually she needed to run to something. Her indigenous family welcomed her with open arms. She looked in those fac [...]

    11. The theme of 'Too Afraid to Cry' is one that will stick with you after you read this book. Throughout the book, Ali Cobby Eckerman leads you through all aspects of her life. The Author portrays the repercussions of the stolen generation, and how truly and deeply that can affect someone. This book is written very simply, yet still carries the emotion that is needed to truly feel the weight of these problems.She constantly deals with the feeling of not belonging and not exactly knowing where she i [...]

    12. Too afraid to cry is a confronting a book, there were points throughout it at which I was shocked by how careless people could be. For example, when she had her second child I had to stop reading because all that was going through my head was “How could someone do that! How could a human being dismiss a life, like that!”The matter of fact honesty with which the book is written really enhances the confronting nature of her story. It also through its own lack of emotion made me feel more for t [...]

    13. Ali Cobby's memoir was about many things. Family, negative setting, emotion, drugs, aboriginal heritage, and drugs. I was quite confronted by the abuse and drug use. This made it hard for me to read. She writes about family and her life. I found the different patches in her life interesting. How different friend groups and jobs can change someone's behavior and actions. I really enjoyed this book although I found it confronting. I would recommend it

    14. I could not put this book down so I read it in one night. I am in awe of Ali's ability to write this memoir, but I guess that was easier than actually experiencing it. One minute my heart was pounding so fast, the next I was in tears and then a few pages later I was screaming out loud "Noooooo" - a remarkable feat for a story told so bluntly and matter-of-factly. If you have experienced violence of any kind I recommend this book as it will give you strength. A true gift, thank you Ali.

    15. I would like to thank Ali and the publisher for providing me a copy of this short book. The book is slim quick read. As with any book set in a foreign country, I enjoyed the insights to the ways of life in Australia and the Aboriginal culture. I can appreciate to vulnerability of the position the author takes in presenting her personal story to the world for judgement and the harshness/meanness of the general population. I am not intending to be one of those rude reviewers. I really enjoyed the [...]

    16. Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. I'm not quite sure what to think about this story. A memoir of a woman who was an Aboriginal recounts her life with both her adopted family and later in life her Aboriginal family as she is reunited with them. The author suffered many tragedies during her childhood and as an adult. This story is about finding her way back from the dark places she often found herself in and finding new joys in life by learning from and connecting with the famil [...]

    17. I loved this book. It was such an authentic and heart-penetrating look into the life of an Indigenous person of Australia--from being adopted out (against the will of her mother) to childhood persecution in school, to the effects of abuse and alcoholism and to growth up and out of old damaging patterns of reacting to her pain and loss. The poems laced into the book were lovely. I agree with what the Cordite Poetry Review says, "Eckermann negotiates its painful territory without the dramatic of b [...]

    18. This is the author's story (one of many for Australia's Stolen Generation, aboriginal children stolen from their parents and adopted out to white families), The writer's style is unflinchingly direct and we hear the suffering and trauma that impacted her life. Her search for reconnection to her family of origin is a journey to wholeness.

    19. An easy to read book written in simple prose, but there is nothing easy or simple about this story. A sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes heartwarming telling of the author's complicated life. SO worth the time.

    20. I don't generally read poetry, so the format of the book really drew me out of my reading "comfort zone."--in the best way.

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