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"An astonishing, deep and beautiful book."
- Nicholas Humphrey, professor of philosophy and author of A History of the Mind

Antonella Gambotto-Burke was awoken at seven one Saturday morning by a telephone call. She could never have anticipated the subsequent devastation.
The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide is an astonishing account of one woman's experience of love and loss.
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Paperback, First, 205 pages
Published March 19th 2004 by Broken Ankle Books
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Rachel
Jun 19, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
It's not often that you read a book which makes you feel you have opened the door into someone else's mind. The stream of consciousness style, moves between memory and reflection, from psychology to mediumship without ever feeling that it has left thoughts unfinished or questions answered. The two men who chose to end their lives arise from the pages vivid and breathing, more so in fact than any others, save the author herself. This book was quite unlike anything that I have ever read.
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Sep 23, 2007 Tori rated it liked it
20 - This book is a memoir about a woman who lost her brother to suicide. I have very mixed feelings about the book. The first 150 pages seem like a lot of namedropping, and I was having trouble relating to the author. However, the last 50 or so pages that deal with her grief over the loss of her brother really resonated with me. In particular, the comments from her friend Rita. The author succeeds in putting into words how grief makes it difficult to function, make decisions, makes you so easil ...more
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Aug 09, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
Would have enjoyed this book much more if Gambotto hadn't tried to be so analytical. Also she has an intensely irritating habit of name dropping through out the whole book and it's just pretentious.
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man nepatīk beigas. kādēļ pēdējā laikā man krīt uz nerviem "beigas" visām grāmatām, ko lasu.? -.-
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"Language shapes consciousness and from consciousness, our world is shaped."
- Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Vogue

Antonella Gambotto-Burke is a critic, journalist and novelist. She is the author of Lunch of Blood, An Instinct for the Kill, The Pure Weight of the Heart, The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide, and Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution (2015). She also contributes to a raft of magazines and ne
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“Time is ungovernable, but grief presents us with a choice: what do we do with the savage energies of bereavement? What do we do with the memory - or in the memory - of the beloved? Some commemorate love with statuary, but behavior, too, is a memorial, as is a well-lived life. In death, there is always the promise of hope. The key is opening, rather than numbing, ourselves to pain. Above all, we must show our children how to celebrate existence in all its beauty, and how to get up after life has knocked us down, time and again. Half-dead, we stand. And together, we salute love. Because in the end, that's all that matters. How hard we loved, and how hard we tried.” 21 likes
“Suicide rates have not slumped under the onslaught of antidepressants, mood-stabilizers, anxiolytic and anti-psychotic drugs; the jump in suicide rates suggests that the opposite is true. In some cases, suicide risk skyrockets once treatment begins (the patient may feel not only penalized for a justifiable reaction, but permanently stigmatized as malfunctioning). Studies show that self-loathing sharply decreases only in the course of cognitive-behavioral treatment.” 15 likes
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