From the poet behind bone, a lyrical memoirpart prose, part verseabout coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of familyMy little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties.Im telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else.The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Wards brave, raw, lyrical memoir that captures the surreal magic and incredible discomfort of adolescence, burgeoning sexuality, rootlessness, and connection. Through emotional snapshots that span from her adolescence through her early twenties, each brought to life in Yrsas signature style of open white spaces and stirring, singular lines, The Terrible evokes the pain and thrill of girlhood, as well as what it means to discover the fear and power that come with being a woman. With a sharp eye and a rare talent for mining the beauty and the sorrow in the everyday, Yrsa recounts her remarkable life: growing up as...
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The Terrible Reviews
I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She’s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories—a perfect combo for a really wonderful book.
I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down.
Beautiful. Intense. Thank you, Yrsa Daley-Ward, for sharing your truth. So powerful how each chapter is a poem, a series of vignettes of different emotional states that also drive the narrative forward.
I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3
Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa’s works is like “holding the truth in your hands.”
That perfectly sums up how I feels.
Her first collection, “bone,” was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft.
Yrsa Daley-Ward is an extraordinary story teller, and I suggest you run to pick up her work
A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her speak was as beautiful and as powerful as I had imagined, and walking out of that bookshop, I felt so inspired. Since that day I’ve had a copy of The Terrible, but have been waiting for the right time to read it. Thi ...more
“Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.”
I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It’s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life’s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest.
There are four parts to this book, each section exploring a different stage in the authors life, the tone of the book and the language changing with it and echoing its time frame.
Thought it is poetry, the writing does an incredible job of weaving those p ...more
4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch.
Don’t you know you’re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don’t you know I’ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don’t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don’t you know without me you would be just another girl with an everyday life and an almost-house always under construction and a man you tolerate and don’t really love and a father you met but who stopped you from doing anything and seei...more