At times touching, at times funny, and at times heartbreaking; Katy Manning's tour-de-force half-drama, half-audiobook is a stellar story about a woma...moreAt times touching, at times funny, and at times heartbreaking; Katy Manning's tour-de-force half-drama, half-audiobook is a stellar story about a woman named Pansy who sees the world just a little bit differently than everyone else. Her worldview is tinted by what she can - or cannot - see of the world in front of her: a world of soft edges and blurred lines. And through it all, Pansy smiles through violence, self-destruction, and danger.
I must say, being a fan of Katy Manning's acting, this was bound to end up on my must-listen to list. I just wasn't expecting this. It's dark and pessimistic, but funny, light, and fun, all intermingled in an hour and ten minutes. Coming out of "Not A Well Woman" I not only felt like I had known Pansy for years, but that I understood just how she worked. And it was heartbreaking.
And the premise is so wonderful; seeing the world from the eyes of an almost-blind woman who loves life, even if she ends up introducing herself to shrubs. Twice. But it's not just about her sight, it's about her. It's about how she deals with her sight. How she lives her life to the fullest, always looking for more.
I know part of this was autobiographical. And you can tell. There is something special, something unique, about Katy's story, and you just know that it's based in truth. Based in reality. And that makes it even more hard to deal with the story. Some of the darker things that happen, some of the most deep and harrowing, just hit you. They play to all your emotions and gets right into your (metaphorical) soul.
It's beautiful. It's harrowing. It's inspiring. It's agonizing. It's not just something special, it's something unique. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, whether you're a fan of audio or not. This needs to be out there. This needs to not just apply to a niche of a niche of a niche market, because it's up there with the best pieces of theatre and literature of the decade (and century, arguably).(less)