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Book Title: A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War|
The size of the: 33.96 MB
Date of issue: October 15th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780385418850
The author of the book: Susan Griffin
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Here's another book that I read for a class that I otherwise would never have attempted. I'm glad, I think, that I put my head down and staggered through Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones, but it's a book that takes a toll.
Here's a happy thought: a lot has already been written about A Chorus of Stones, so I don't have to waste your time harping on its disjointed style and how Griffin's stylistic choices reflect the missed connections in the interior life of the mind. I don't have to annoy you with my gushings over how nice it is to see someone approach war as both a woman and as a sensitive soul, how impressed I am by the level and intensity of research that went into this book, and how generally well-written the book is (independent of its disjointedness).
My experience with this book hinges on having read much of it while rattling around in the back seat of a fifteen-passenger van, the great Southwestern deserts jumbling together outside of my window. I will forever connect its content with my trip to the Nevada Test Site, not only because I happened to bookend the trip with the (actual) book, reading it on the ways there and back, but because much of Griffin's writing centers on the history of nuclear weaponry. She is concerned with secrets--the secrets and lies we tell ourselves, bury within ourselves, and broadcast to others--and how these secrets affect relationships.
This is a woman's book. I don't know that I'd call it feminist, although Feminist theory would certainly find a lot of meat to chew amongst its pages, but it relies heavily on the testimony of women, the (suppressed) expression of womanhood, the crises of growing up from girl to woman. I ended up being fairly surprised that we were required to read this book for a class on the Technological Sublime, simply because the high proportion of woman/gender-related material to technology-related material overwhelmed the flavor of the book, in my opinion. Perhaps that was the point--to speak of technology entirely within the context of the people affected by it. But I didn't really see technology as the point--or even a primary theme--within A Chorus of Stones. Technology, when it appears, has the effect of background radiation--it creates a hostile environment in which the foregrounded people move and relate to each other across a backdrop of pain and destruction. It's an emotionally devastating book, and not the sort of pleasurable read I would generally pick for a road trip.
Worth reading? Absolutely. Just not in the car, on the way to tour the most irradiated spot on the planet. Not in the sun, or at sunset, with the joshua trees black against the indigo sky.
Read information about the authorSusan Griffin is an award winning poet, writer, essayist and playwright who has written nineteen books, including A Chorus of Stones, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Named by Utne reader as one of the top hundred visionaries of the new millenium, she is the recipient of an Emmy for her play Voices, an NEA grant and a MacArthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation. Her latest work, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, on being an American Citizen has been called "fresh, probing" and "incisive" by Booklist.
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