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In early adulthood, having spent years practicing at the keyboard, Ansay was felled by a mysterious illness that robbed her of motor control--and, soon, her ability to walk. Ailments of unknown origin weren't uncommon among her fellow students, she writes, for musical training is far more punishing physically than nonmusicians might imagine, and moments of respite are rare--reason enough to take ill. Even so, this malady stumped her doctors and drove her into a doubting self-examination through which she concluded that her illness was a test of faith devised by a stern but not unloving God; "just because you can't find the reason doesn't mean it isn't there." The loss of her physical strength and musical calling were tough tests, she writes, but life would toss tougher ones her way over the years, and to gauge by this memoir she has met them well. Ansay touches on matters of courage, faith, and bewilderment before arriving at a nicely optimistic conclusion. For, she writes, despite it all, despite having been confined to a wheelchair for nearly half her life, the good has far outweighed the bad, a happy instance of "that precarious balance that drives us to value what we have, to cling to the world as we do."
Gracefully written and full of small epiphanies, Limbo will prove a pleasure for Ansay's many loyal readers, and for those new to her work. --Gregory McNamee
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
I've read Ansay's memoir at least three times. I was disappointed that the kindle edition didn't include what I read in the paperback edition's back pages – that Ansay found a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jeanmaguire
A. Manette Ansay is my husband's second cousin twice removed. A lot of what she says is probably true! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Winifred S Ansay
This is a moving memoir about what happens when illness steals the most important thing in your life. Ansay spend her youth planning to become a concert pianist. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by LH422
I found the book late. I just read it and though I found it tight, and well written, I didn't enjoy the journey. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by aniowachick
and I put down after only a few pages before. This time I started it I read the whole thing. The last part of the book had the deepest meeting for me. Read morePublished on December 18, 2007 by Barb F.
"The abyss opens beneath our feet, and we leap it,
*not* because we are particularly brave, but simply
because we must. We land in a whole new country. Read more
i very much enjoyed reading this book.ansay is a beautiful writer although there are a few times where it seems she is trying too hard,and it doesn't flow as well. Read morePublished on March 17, 2002 by diane bluegreen
The author gives an important perspective on chronic, undiagnosed pain. As in _Vinegar Hill_ , her knowledge of Catholism is incorrect.Published on March 15, 2002