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A Season in Hell

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From the author of "The Women's Room" and "My Summer With George" comes a compelling memoir of her victory over esophageal cancer, and her virtual return from the dead.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 2nd 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Sep 18, 2008 Edith rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Author of "The Women's Room" writes about her ordeal with esophageal cancer at age 61. I read The Women's Room way back in the 70's and recall it as an interesting book, although I couldn't tell you anything about the storyline now. Guess I should do a reread one of these days! It's that memory thing...but then, good books can stand to be reread and twice-enjoyed.
Ora Cummings
If I ever need anything to convince me not to opt for conventional cancer treatment, it's this book.
Jul 13, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marilyn French is a proper writer, by this I mean her grammar, vocabulary and style are vastly superior to many books I have read recently. From that point only, it is worth 5 stars. Marilyn French is also a very opiniated woman, and faced with a very painful cancer and cancer treatment, and certain death at some point, she certainly does not hold back. For some reasons, not on purpose, I have read 3 consecutive books on cancer, the first one was "cancer patients have a wicked sense of humor", t ...more

I would recommend this book to people who have had a hard time through recovery from cancer. This woman had several other trouble through the cancer
Nov 02, 2014 Kolumbina rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. This book has everything. Marilyn French at her best. I adore Marilyn French's style of writing. she is a complete person. Loved it. Would give 10 stars if possible
Jul 20, 2011 Kiessa rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I read this book because I am a fan of French's thought-provoking fiction. I went in knowing that she can sometimes err on the side of black-and-white thinking, and can even come across as whiny. For this book, written about her battle with cancer, her pen poured cynicism, judgment, and misery onto every page. Warranted or not, there was little to connect with here. Dreary indeed.
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Jan 31, 2012 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
French's tale of surviving esophagus cancer, the side affects, the after affects and the medical profession. Tough read. But glad it's out there for any who might want to know what they might face when dealing with cancer and the people involved.
Was not that impressed by this book and found it hard work.
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She attended Hofstra University (then Hofstra College) where she also received a master's degree in English in 1964. She married Robert M. French Jr. in 1950; the couple divorced in 1967. She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972. Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University.

In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-domi
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