Undying: A Love Story

  • Title: Undying: A Love Story
  • Author: Michel Faber
  • ISBN: 9781782118541
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Undying A Love Story How can you say goodbye to the love of your life In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife who died after a six year battle with cancer Bright tragic candid and true these poems are a
    How can you say goodbye to the love of your life In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six year battle with cancer Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life And what it is like to have to say goodbye.All I can do, in what remains of my brief time,is mention,How can you say goodbye to the love of your life In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six year battle with cancer Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life And what it is like to have to say goodbye.All I can do, in what remains of my brief time,is mention, to whoever cares to listen,that a woman once existed, who was kindand beautiful and brave, and I will not forgethow the world was altered, beyond recognition,when we met.

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    About Michel Faber


    1. Michel Faber born 13 April 1960 is a Dutch writer of English language fiction.Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967 He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language a course involving translation and criticism of Anglo Saxon and Middle English texts and English Literature He graduated in 1980 He worked as a cleaner and at various other casual jobs, before training as a nurse at Marrickville and Western Suburbs hospitals in Sydney He nursed until the mid 1990s In 1993 he, his second wife and family emigrated to Scotland, where they still reside.


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    1. Is it morbid or obscene to look at the subtly worded but harrowing pain of others? Like the Flemish poet Herman de Coninck (1944-1997) who wrote acerbically he won the Provincial poetry prize thanks to the death of his first wife (An, 1971) one can expect writers to resort to words when tragedy hits. Novelist Michel Faber turned to poetry to commemorate and deal with the loss of his wife Eva Youren to cancer in 2014. By writing this intimate and deeply courageous and moving recount on his though [...]

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    2. Ignore the pessimism and skepticism of other reviews if you want to read some hauntingly intimate and considered poetry on the universal theme of grief. Sure, it'll be a topic done to, um, death for many readers but that kind of attitude misses the point of the reason for the work existing: for Eva and Michel. Undying is for them and it's a brave decision for Faber to share it at all. Many times while reading it you wonder if you should be reading it, should be having such insight into their cr [...]

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    3. Today happens to be my ninth wedding anniversary. For Michel Faber, however, it marks a more somber occasion: two years since his wife, Eva, died of cancer. They met in 1988 and got to spend over 25 years together. It was a second marriage for Eva, a visual artist – a bohemian life full of travel and each working on their art, until a six-year battle with multiple myeloma (a cancer of the bone marrow) cut Eva down in her early fifties.Faber’s new book, Undying: A Love Story, is a striking ou [...]

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    4. This book is extraordinary. It is Michel Faber's elegy for his wife, who died of cancer. In the Foreword he says that he is not a writer of poetry. Or rather that, before she died, it took him ages to write a poem that he considered to be acceptable. Then the need came upon him, and that need was to deal with loss, with grief, with bereavement. And so we have gained this remarkable series of poems, this poetic symphony to Eva, the love of his life, the love that will not die while he is alive.Fi [...]

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    5. I'm generally failing to find the words for this, so I will say that I've been lucky enough by this point to see Michel read perhaps five, six poems from this by now, and it's in that pacing and air the rest of his collection was read. Don't Hesitate to Ask is a personal stand out. He's said it himself: this is not grief wrapped up in metaphor, this is a more direct view whose gaze some may not be able to hold. Undying handles the harsh, often brutal realities of illness, death and grief, all wh [...]

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    6. I am the Czech translator of this book. While I don't think it would be appropriate to review this book, since I am obviously biased, I took the liberty to translate a Facebook post of one of the people who read my translation of Michel's poem "Don't hesitate to ask". This status (by Jan P. Martínek) was written a day after the terrorist attack in Brussels:"Yesterday several people shared the comment of a member of the Block against Islam, the one with underlined sentence about how the person i [...]

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    7. This was a very touching collection of poetry. Do I think it's incredibly well-written? Not in all cases no - but you can feel the emotion of Michel Faber's words as he relays his relationship with his sadly passed wife Eva, and recounts the troubling times during and after her illness.There are a number poems in this collection in particular that really resonated with me: The Time You Chose, which moved me to tears as I discussed it with a friend after reading, The 13th, which has some truly go [...]

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    8. How do you rate someones pain and anger and grief? By the way the words touch your soul, by the way your heart aches as you read. This is a an exquisitely personal, intimate study of cancer, dying, grief and the authors love for his now deceased wife; his life companion, his life long love. Poignant, angry (justifiably so), yet at times romantic and tender. This is love in real life, in the everyday, in the moment - be it the ugly moments of cancer or the moments the lovers dance and twirl towar [...]

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    9. Fabers vrouw Eva stierf in 2015 na een lange strijd tegen kanker. In een eerste cyclus gedichten beschrijft hij hoe ze deze allesverslindende ziekte als machteloos en ontredderd koppel poogden te overwinnen; een tweede cyclus gaat over de leegte die ze naliet na haar dood. Naar de keel grijpende, ijzersterke en pure poëzie. Een monument van woorden aan een geliefde ontslapene.

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    10. 'I have waited patiently, oh so patiently,before asking,in my gentlest voice:Can I lure you away?Can I tempt you with our history?This mattress has missed you.Hollowed, it is fit for noone else,Oh, I know you are snugin your self-containment.I know you are settled,finally at easein your ash.But pleaseJust for tonightJust for one nightSleep with me.'This collection is incredibly powerful, painful, and brutal. Through beautiful language comes the most angry poems I have ever read. This book is an [...]

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    11. Holy crap. This was a tough read, but a beautiful one. 'Undying' is bursting with love and anger and grief. Such brutal honesty about cancer and death.

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    12. Poetry as therapy. Much of this collection is loosely coupled from poetry and almost becomes prose. Some is very poetic. It is a study of change and powerless anger when the author loses his wife. He is angry at losing her as a lover and as a partner and as a part of his world.Some of the poetry moved me deeply and I recognised the emotion. Some surprised me with how much it revealed. It is still relatively soon after the death of Eva.I found it difficult to read this purely as poetry. The autho [...]

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    13. This is grief in all its intimate, raw and harrowing detail. From anger and guilt ('Such A Simple Thing I Could Have Fixed', dealing with mismatched bed linen, struck such a nerve it had me sobbing) to despair and fear of the future, Faber opens his soul and says the things we have thought and felt in our own moments of bereavement and heartache. These poems are beautifully written, honest and heartfelt, and so familiar.Haunting, tender and full of love, I recommend you read these in a quiet, pe [...]

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    14. I will give this truly incredible collection the review that it deserves when I've had a moment to catch my breath. "If I could scan this planet with X-Ray's that detect the presenceof your timely interventions,I'm sure I'd find themin places you would not expect. You're dead. I know. And it is not for meto show you death is not the end. But you left lucencies of gracesecreted in the world,still glowing."

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    15. - ̗̀ 3.5 stars ̖́-It's either that I had way too high expectations about this, or that poetry is not my thing. My favorite poems: Right There on The Floor, Helpmeet, Or, If Only, Don't Hesitate to Ask.

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    16. Fabera mám hrozně ráda, ale poezii nevyhledávám. Ke koupi této knížky mě přesvědčil jeho vlastní přednes jedné z básní, kterou četl, když tu byl loni na návštěvě v Praze. Na místě jsem se odbourala a brečela jak želva. Celá sbírka je neuvěřitelná, ale popisovat mi ji nejde - prostě si ji přečtěte :)

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    17. Loved the details in this book. Heartbreakingly beautiful.

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    18. Faber greep me in deze bundel bij de keel, stompte in mijn maag en maakte me bang. De weg die hij ging, gaan moest, toen zijn vrouw kanker kreeg, was lang en gruwelijk. En hij vertelt het in detail, geen verhullende metaforen, geen relativeringen, geen troost. In zekere zin dus goed. Alleen : ook in het lijden bestaat intimiteit en die heeft hij naar mijn gevoel wel geschonden.

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    19. I actually bought this book because the title intrigued me and after I saw that it contained poems I thought 'Why not?'I wasn't that much of a poetry fan in truth and had just started to discover poetry as something that interested me but I certainly don't regret buying it.I discovered that this isn't a collection of poems, this is - as the title says - a love story. It is incredibly well written and even though I am not the biggest fan of cancer stories I really enjoyed reading it. The poems ar [...]

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    20. Shocking I finished a book:))It was good but it's a really personal and subjective poetry collection and idrk how to rate such a personal thing??? and also because I haven't ever experienced losing someone in general I couldn't connect with it (in other words I'm a sheltered cold unfeeling piece of shit wow who knew:)). But I definitely liked the first bit more than the second.

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    21. I put off reading Undying because I was afraid my usually stone-cold cynical heart could not cope with it. From the queasy raw intensity of his genre defying masterpiece Under the Skin, to the sweeping Victorian expanse of The Crimson Petal and the White, something about Michel Faber’s writing grabs me utterly. His directness of tone and immersive descriptions are a heady combination – and one that made his first slim volume of poetry slightly frightening. Undying chronicles Faber’s attemp [...]

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    22. Christmas present from Chris. Thank you SO much. It made me cry but was so beautiful. I haven’t read a book of poems cover to cover since I was a kid. All of the poems had a part of the story to tell but one I reread was ‘Helpmeet’. My life is richer for having read this.

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    23. I often wonder how people who don’t write are able to deal with grief and loss. It’s not only the therapeutic aspects of working through grief with words, but the poison of grief seems to me to be mitigated by finding, as all good writing must, the universal in the personal.  It isn’t that writing lessens the pain, but it tends to provide a scaffolding of support among all grieving people - and I suspect that’s most of us - that almost defies the loss. That’s exactly what Faber’s [...]

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    24. Book #12 of 2018Poetry Collection #7 of 2018I loved this. All of this.

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    25. I set out with the thought that I wouldn't enjoy this volume. There are plenty of reasons for this - a suspicion that very talented novelists make for poor poets, a slight disdain for free verse and a sense that 120 pages of unremitting misery would not make for pleasurable reading.My prejudice was kept intact for the first twenty or so poems. The volume is divided neatly in half - the first half detailing, perhaps over-clinically, the progression of Eva's atrocious cancer, the second half explo [...]

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    26. 5 StarsKnowing that Michel Faber wrote this book of poetry as a homage to her wife Eva after she lost her battle with cancer in 2014 is what drew me to the book. I usually find poetry difficult to read despite the fact that I have written quite a bit myself but I have had 2 partners pass away (one unexplained, the other due to a blood clot) so I figured I'd identify with this collection.This collection is split into 2 parts, before and after Eva's death. Part one chronicles their relationship, E [...]

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    27. One of the things I love about poetry is how therapeutic it is – both reading and writing it. Poetry is therapy for a lot of things including grief, sorrow, getting over a lost love or just a way of coping with everyday troubles that are getting on top of you. I’ve used writing poetry as a form of therapy for years. In Undying: A Love Story, Faber writes poetry to cope with grief over the death of his wife and to express the anger he feels at being cheated out of spending his life with her. [...]

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    28. Undying is an honest and painfully beautiful account of Faber’s wife’s struggle with cancer and the effect it had on their relationship. While there were times when I felt as though I was being a bit voyeuristic and invading this man’s private grief; I also reminded myself that Faber has chosen to share this experience with the world by publishing the poems.I read the whole in one sitting and then went back to some of the poems, immediately. It is not a ‘showy’ collection of poems and [...]

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    29. Whilst the poetry collection Undying chronicles a truly heartbreaking time for Michel Faber, it is a collection of moments that will resonate with people for a variety of different reasons.Faber has written a collection of poetry that is hauntingly beautiful, filled with succinct insights and vulnerable honesty. He artfully manages to touch upon the daunting themes of life, love, desire, death, disease and grief.This collection felt like therapy, not only for Faber, but also for the reader. The [...]

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