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The Wounded Storyteller by Arthur W. Frank
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A really interesting book that I took a lot of notes from, in which Frank, who had previously written about his experience with cancer, returned to collect illness narratives. There's a notion that the main form of narrative regarding illness in western culture is 'restitution narrative' - I was healthy, I am ill, I will be healthy again - but where does this leave those in the 'land of remission' or those who will not be healthy again (and become a productive member of society). Written from a mix of sociology and personal perspective, collecting stories from others that he met - also identifying 'chaos narratives' (hard to follow), and 'quest narratives' (where the illness serves some purpose whatever it may be).
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May 1, 2019 – Started Reading
June 7, 2019 – Shelved
June 7, 2019 – Finished Reading

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