The Light of the World
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Elizabeth Alexander wrote a memoir about her marriage and the sudden death of her husband. I can't think of any other 'love-story-memoir', that has moved me more than this book!!!!!! NONE!!!
THIS IS A GORGEOUS LOVE STORY!!!! To me.... If there is such a thing as a flawless - marriage- and I don't think it's possible - the marriage between Elizabeth Alexander and her husband ...more
This was a sensitive and very touching look into Elizabeth Alexander’s life, losing her beloved husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, very suddenly at a relatively young age. Recently I read Roland Barthes’ beautiful “Mo ...more
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The memoir is a love story about Lizzy’s time spent with her husband Ficre Ghebreyesus and the subsequent months after his death. Ficre an immigrant from Eritrea was a painter and restaurant chef/ owner).
The memoir provides an intimate view of their courtship and marriage. We see their parents, family, friends, coworker ...more
His full name, Ficremariam Ghebreyesus, means "lover of Mary" and "servant of Jesus." The abbreviated "Ficre", as he was called, means "love." p. 8
But his relationship to language also said everything about h ...more
I wanted to be their friends. Her husband was from a small war-torn country in East Africa, so there were small echoes of the African-American experience throughout. Both were artists (his paintings are on the cover). Their community sounds like a sparkling, colorful family filled with food and art and poetry. ...more
Ficre is an Eritrean who has lived a life of suffering and change, his resilience the shining light that has seen him through wartime and his plight as a refugee. He tr ...more
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buying a lottery ticket in new countries. She called it “buy[ing] a chance.” It will make you feel lucky, as if
anything could happen, even when “you know you will not be there for the drawing.”
I am a huge fan of memoirs, I love reading about people’s personal experiences. I usually read memoirs to see what the person had to go through and how they went through it. Words fail to describe how beautiful and he ...more
"The light of the world" deals with loss, how to cope with, and the pain it involves!!!
Elizabeth Alexander's narration is anoint and dropping, even saturated and also I will say clothed with a pregnancy which will give light to the beautiful scent of poetic ...more
Imagine what you'd get if you crossed two artistic people later in life. Ficre, an Eritrean chef and artist who'd survived civil war in Africa, and Elizabeth, an acclaimed poet and Yale professor.
Now mix in all the colors, trips, flavors, wildlife, stories, friendships, they experienced when their two paths crossed later in life.
Imagine it erudite, imagine it simple.
Imagine quotidian life. Imagin ...more
Might be her life was actua ...more
The Light of the World is Elizabeth Alexander's beautifully written, but heart wrenching memoir about the life and love of her husband. Many books talk ...more
The Light of the World by poet Elizabeth Alexander was labeled under the genre of grief memoir by the New York Times, but this book was not a pity party. Alexander, who I met over ten years ago at Marcus Book Store at book signing for her book of essays, Black Interior, who lost her husband to a heart attack four days after his 50th birthday has written a volume that is part love story, surreal memories, and a poetic, lyrical accounting of a life touched by fate, elements of magic, and a life of ...more
Alexander's po ...more