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Paralian [Pa`ra´li`an - one who lives by the sea]

Curious and determined from the very beginning, I left the warm, flowing blanket of my mom’s amniotic fluid five weeks too early. There I was. Stranded in a body not quite my own, soon to be taken away from her to be handed over to a young couple who were just as lost in this world.

It was the beginning of an incredible journ
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Paperback, 450 pages
Published May 28th 2016 by Matador
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Gail
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was truely an inspiring book about a young man trapped in the body of a woman and his love of water. Having a transgender son myself I could appreciate the fears and anxieties Liam was faced with as he struggled to find himself. Some of the parallels between Liam and my son born a girl in 1986 are uncanny. My son was also born prematurely but by 11 weeks and although weighing a healthy 3lb 9 oz, he was starved of oxygen and as such, has mild cerebral palsy with a slight spasticity in his le ...more
Sue
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paralian is one of those books which, after finishing it, you feel at a bit of a loss as to what to read next because you know it will be hard to find something as enthralling!
It is one of the best books I have ever read, and definitely the best autobiography (I usually get bored at some point in an autobiography, but certainly didn’t with this one).
The author tells a very open story of his, at times, jaw-dropping adventures and experiences during his journey, which not only takes him around the
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NICOLE P
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received this in a good reads give away. I found myself being inspired every page. This is a story about Liam’s experiences and journey. I was inspired by his strength and positive nature. It’s all about finding your true self and loving yourself unconditionally. No matter what journey your on live life with no doubts or regrets.
Christie
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a fantastically eye opening adventure!!! I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was actually really skeptical about what it would be about. Having never seen anything involving a trans person beyond the drama the media loves to show.
Reading through it was amazing the transformation both of body and soul that Liam goes through is written in such a raw and real way.
So many facts about the physical changes that aren't common knowledge. The angst and fear and coming to terms with ones
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JJ Marsh
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What we thought: The extraordinary tale of an exceptional life. Any one of the barbed wire fences Klenk has overcome might be enough to define an average person, but this journey is as far from average as can be imagined.


Born into the wrong body, adopted by dysfunctional parents, battling spasticity, marrying for convenience, living as an agnostic with Mormons, undergoing gender reassignment, suffering heartbreak and embracing career changes while digging deep for a true identity, this is an epi
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Ellen-Arwen Tristram
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway - thank you to Matador for the copy! It's always so exciting to win the giveaways on this site ^_^

This is Liam Klenk's memoir of the first forty-odd years of his life. Starting life as a man in a woman's body was only the beginning of his struggles. He found out he was adopted and had a sister he'd never known. His adoptive mother suffered with mental health difficulties. He struggled to fit in a new body, worrying about the blurred line between male and f
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Bookmuseuk
The extraordinary tale of an exceptional life. Any one of the barbed wire fences Klenk has overcome might be enough to define an average person, but this journey is as far from average as can be imagined.


Born into the wrong body, adopted by dysfunctional parents, battling spasticity, marrying for convenience, living as an agnostic with Mormons, undergoing gender reassignment, suffering heartbreak and embracing career changes while digging deep for a true identity, this is an epic journey. An ody
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Taylor Swan
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most incredibly inspiring journey, artfully transcribed in the most beautiful fashion. I've just finished Liam's magical 'Paralian' and wish I could instantly wipe my memory, just so I can relive every single word again. Liam's writing has the incredible power to transport you in person, to every 'scene'; and that is a very rare find in a writer. His obvious sense of adventure and motivation to experience as much of life as possible, and with passion! - is the perfect backdrop for a 'great r ...more
Elisa Rolle
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards: Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk
1) I really do like reading books like this… I find them simply fascinating.
2) I finally got through Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk Don't take that as I hated the book. He is one heckuva writer, but it felt a little like a Thanksgiving feast. Every morsel was delicious, but it was way too much all at once. This is an example where I think the concept of "Show. Don't tell" went too far. Still, he has led a fascinating
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Jennifer
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the utterly raw, open and honest story telling, this is clearly one of the bravest books I have ever read.
Liam's narrative is delicate and poetic, describing feelings, situations and people in the most detailed and imaginative way - even though many of his experiences were far from poetic. How any indiviudal can not only brave all those storms he had to face, but looks at them as valuable life lessons and continues to learn from each and every experience is a testament to the
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Nicole
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paralian is from my point of view one of the must reads at the moment, also for people who are not or only remotely connected to the transgender scene (the transgender part is actually not such a big
part of the book as I expected initially). The author tells the story of his life so far overcoming multiple astonishing odds and difficulties in his life with such optimism and good humor that it is truly inspiring. It kept me up reading until late into the night and I finished the book after only
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Daisy White
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but met Liam at a book signing - he made an excellent impression (authors take note face-to-face is good!) and I started reading Paralian on the train on the way home.
Far from being a very in-your-face story focusing on transgender issues, this book was actually very moving. The quality of story-telling and genuine sweetness and curiosity of the author shone through, and I found myself reading it for a couple of days straight, just to see what
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Kristine
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Paralian by William Kieran Klenk is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June while on a road trip to and from Telluride, Colorado.

Just as Liam assures in the introduction that his story is written from the heart, my own heart opened warmly to receive it. His self-narrative is driven by water and German philosophy, all working to jetty him past a cloistered romping childhood, a self-inquisitive, sensuous teenagehood, and an artistic, motivated, abundantly caminoistic adulthood. I enjoyed
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Yuuki Nakashima
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
The author’s life is very unique. As the title says, he is a transgender who used to have a woman’s body and this memoir includes some episodes related to his gender problem, but his interesting life is not just about being transgender. He has unusual family background, experienced unusual jobs, and lived many countries. He live his life in his way. He tris what he is interested in. Even writing this book was one of the things what he wanted to do. I was impressed and inspired by him.
Barbara Mehli
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 07-2016
Once I started with the first pages I was hooked and could not put the book down for long! What an inspiring story, told directly from the heart of the author into the heart of the reader. You will join Liam on his incredible journey through a life full of odds and difficulties, which he tackled with perseverance, optimism and good humour. Truly inspiring and as I said before a definite must read!
Manuela Demir
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a journey through your cruel bitter and sweet life Liam! Your book is truly incredible AMAZING to read, it let me cry, after laugh and giggles - really breathtaking! Definitely recommend it to everyone. I just LOVE it and I was reading every free minute. I found myself not able to put your book down. Hope a sequel follows!!!
Jeanette
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-readers
I was pleased to have won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

It is very rare that I will read an autobiography and if and when I do, it has to be good enough to hold my interest. This was one such book! I found the book very touching and very honest and do highly recommend.
Roxanne
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a Goodreads win review. This is a very good book is about the journey of finding out about life in a real way, with independence, compassion and beauty. The book really pulls you in.
Alexandra
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring and wonderful book. Amazing life story from an extraordinary man.
Annette
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, I could not put it down. It is a lovely journey through an extraordinary individual's very interesting life! I recommend it highly! ...more
Kelsey Marshall
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this book. I had read several reviews about how long the book felt. I approached the book more as a collection of short stories since each chapter felt like a separate chunk of his life that added to the whole. I enjoyed reading about his experiences and how he struggled to live authentically and freely.
Hanna Lee
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read from start to finish. Total page turner. Feeling refreshed and positive after. What a story! But I'm also slightly speechless which is why I'd like to quote a great review Luke Marlowe from thebookbag.co.uk wrote about Paralian. He sums it up so nicely and I really couldn't say it any better:

"Paralian is an Ancient Greek word, meaning one who lives by the sea. Here, we follow the author's journey through life, narrated by his relationship to water – the river he grew up near, the ocea
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Liam Klenk
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It is the coming-of-age story of a man, a transgender man, on an odyssey through several cultures as well as oceans. It’s a book that can help and inspire - without being a self-help book. Paralian is a tale of overcoming obstacles, of finding oneself, of friendship, family, and loving life passionately. With a fine sense of humour, Paralian explores what it means to be human.
Susan Walker
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very raw and honest look at the true story of a man who transitioned to a woman.
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Liam was born in Central Europe and has since lived on four continents. He has always been engaged in creative pursuits, ranging from photography and graphic design, to writing short stories and poetry, to working in theatre and shows. In 2016, Liam published his first book and memoir, Paralian. He also writes monthly short stories for the online platform TheatreArtLife. He is currently working on ...more

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