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Cardboard: A woman left for dead Paperback – January 18, 2010
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If I could explain this book in one word it would be experiential. The story begins with the protagonist in a desperately fragmented state, close to death from her eating disorder and her mind shattered. As the book continues and the reader follows her journey towards healing, the prose and poetry change in structure to reflect this. Ms Place has managed to capture the inner experience of a person suffering from an eating disorder and her journey through different styles of therapy that seem to either trap in her disorder or help her to find her way through towards health and well being. The way the book is written made me feel that I was following the protagonist so closely and experiencing her revelations at the same time she was. This is not an easy read, it is intellectually challenging and also challenges the reader to go within and experience the emotional journey from fragmentation to healing. This is a fascinating story, and lovers of poetry and language will enjoy this story immensely.
I have given this book 4 stars and not 5, because of the way my rating system works. My rating system is based on my enjoyment of a book.Read more ›
This is also one of those books that is both hard to read and hard to put down. I kept getting caught up in Lucy's almost recovery and then heartbroken as she continued to falter on that path. Even though it was fiction, the story felt very real, like it was written about someone in particular or from the author's own personal experiences. And even though I personally don't have an eating disorder or suffer from any other pyschological disorders (that I know of), I could relate to Lucy's desire for control and her nervousness and fear when she sensed a loss of control. I probably wouldn't pick this book up to read again but I'm glad I read it in the first place because it was eye-opening, insightful, and definitely worth reading. 5 stars
This book is very disorienting, complex, confusing, intriguing – definitely experimental. It is written in both prose and poetry, and has random words beginning with capital letters – a very unique writing style that I’ve not seen too often. I’d say it’s somewhat like stream of consciousness. The story is told from Lucy’s perspective, and I believe the disorienting and confusing style of writing really meshes well with her personality and goes along with it. Lucy suffers from an eating disorder, and also what she refers to as Panic, which causes her own mind to be a complex and disorienting place to be in, which is absolutely reflected in the writing style.
While I was confused a lot of the time while reading, it really enabled me to get a glimpse into the mind of someone like Lucy who suffers from multiple mental health disorders – all the confusion and complexities. It was very psychological, sad, frustrating, and even hopeful at times. I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for something very different, and if you’re interested in both psychological and eating disorders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writing a fictionalised account of a woman's struggle with anorexia nervosa is a remarkable feat. The reality of living with this illness is scary enough and unbelievably chaotic... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by June Alexander
An uncontrolable book. So wonderful.
The drama and internal dialogue of a patient toward their doctors and other authority was so spot on
This is a marvelous portrait of growing, maturity and survival.
To call this a book about eating disorders is like calling Moby Dick a book about whales.
I recommend Cardboard: A woman left for dead to anyone interested in glimpsing the inner world of a woman struggling with anorexia and recovery. Very good!Published on March 11, 2010 by Jacquelyn Ekern
I had the pleasure of reading the Australian edition of Cardboard several years ago and it has since been one of my favorite novels. The writing is exquisite. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Michael T. Bailey
'Cardboard' takes you into Lucinda's strange and compelling world of anorexia, opening at a point when she is about to go to hospital having not eaten for eight days. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by Jane Messer
This is an incredible story. Beautifully written, with a disarmingly honest, charming and funny narrator who engages the reader from the start. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Dr. Liz Ferrier
I happen to have been the publisher of the first edition, so I know the book well. It won the National Book Council Award in Australia, and at the same time sales started to pick... Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Stephen Muecke