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Ebook Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks read! Book Title: Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing
The author of the book: Tim Parks
Edition: Harvill Secker
Date of issue: April 27th 2011
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.55 MB
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ISBN: 1846553997
ISBN 13: 9781846553998
Language: English
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I think this is a great book; insightful, well-written, important. It's the personal story or testimony of a writer -- brought up in England, living in Italy -- working as a translator, teacher, essayist and novelist. He's immersed in language. In middle age he gradually develops problems with urination and increasing pain, but medical investigations of his prostate and bladder show nothing that really accounts for his symptoms. Like many people with chronic pelvic pain and no easy answers from the medics, he becomes increasingly introspective, demoralised and socially withdrawn. He suffers, is increasingly desperate, but can't find a way out. This is the story of how he found a formulation of what was wrong with him (chronic pelvic muscle tension) and came to realise how entirely disconnected he was from his body -- living in his mind, treating his body as a vehicle for his mind, and yet all his inner conflicts, 'tussles', were being expressed unwittingly through his body's restlessness, tension, force. Even in his leisure he's trying to oppose his inner tensions with strenuous, exciting and attention-grabbing pursuits. With great honesty he starts to take responsiblity for what's wrong and to explore a method of muscle relaxation. Encouraged by the results, he goes to meditation retreats and learns how to be aware of his body, to let go of the tensions, and to detach from the inner chatter. He recovers, but this is much more than a feel-good story of self-help in someone with chronic pain. It's a journey into self-knowledge and understanding with many rich layers of meaning. I found it very human, very engaging.


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Ebook Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing read Online! Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa, Destiny, Cleaver and, most recently, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, as well as three non-fiction accounts of life in northern Italy (most recently A Season with Verona), a collection of 'narrative' essays, Adultery and Other Diversions, and a history of the Medici bank in 15th century Florence, Medici Money. His many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso and Machiavelli. He lectures on literary translation in Milan and has published a book, Translating Style, which analyses Italian translations of the English modernists, plus two collections of essays Hell and Back and The Fighter that range from Dante to Leopardi, Borges to Rushdie, Garibaldi to Mussolini.


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KIAN

An enticing cover and a controversial story.

ANNABELLE

All right, thanks fast.

DANIEL

Watch out! Maybe a fundamental change in your life!

SOPHIA

For those who are bored to live




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