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An Abbreviated Life

A Memoir
De : Ariel Leve
Lu par : Martha Plimpton
Durée : 5 h et 59 min
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A beautiful, startling, and candid memoir about growing up without boundaries, in which Ariel Leve recalls with candor and sensitivity the turbulent time she endured as the only child of an unstable poet for a mother and a beloved but largely absent father, and explores the consequences of a psychologically harrowing childhood as she seeks refuge from the past and recovers what was lost.

Ariel Leve grew up in Manhattan with an eccentric mother she describes as "a poet, an artist, a self-appointed troublemaker and attention seeker". Leve learned to become her own parent, taking care of herself and her mother's needs. There would be uncontrolled, impulsive rages followed by denial, disavowed responsibility, and then extreme outpourings of affection. How does a child learn to feel safe in this topsy-turvy world of conditional love?

Leve captures the chaos and lasting impact of a child's life under siege and explores how the coping mechanisms she developed to survive later incapacitated her as an adult. There were material comforts but no emotional safety except for summer visits to her father's home in Southeast Asia - an escape that was terminated after he attempted to gain custody. Following the death of a loving caretaker, a succession of replacements raised Leve - relationships that resulted in intense attachment and loss. It was not until decades later, when Leve moved to the other side of the world, that she could begin to emancipate herself from the past. In a relationship with a man who had children, caring for them yielded clarity of what was missing.

In telling her haunting story, Leve seeks to understand the effects of chronic psychological maltreatment on a child's developing brain and to discover how to build a life for herself that she never dreamed possible: an unabbreviated life.

©2016 Ariel Leve (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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this book is well writen, interesting and informational. It helped me a lot in understanding my own story . I m thankful I found this book and that its writer wrote it.

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  • Erin - Audible
  • 28/03/2017

Martha Plimpton, If You're Reading This...

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Martha Plimpton needs to read all the audiobooks. ALL OF THEM.

I started journalist Ariel Leve’s gorgeous, riveting memoir on a plane and didn’t remove my earbuds once during the five-hour flight and one-hour commute home. Her larger-than-life mother (an unstable poet given to fits of alternating sweetness, uncontrolled rage, and disappearance) is as alluring a character as you’d find in a great novel. As Leve probes her chaotic childhood and subsequent struggle toward trust and stability, the super-talented Martha Plimpton elevates the material with intelligence, humor, and conviction. When I am super rich, I will have her read absolutely everything to me.

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  • Lori Rees
  • 18/06/2016

Beautifully written memoir

This is personal memoir at its best. The story is sad, tragic, funny, hopeful. The writing is excellent and the author clearly shows the emotional pain she has endured. It's not all maudlin. The author also paints a picture of healthy adults, and children, in her life. I loved the scenes of New York, the name-dropping, and her life overseas.

Martha Plimpton's narration is wonderful and was a perfect choice. All the best to the author and her mother.

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  • Harper Collins
  • 25/12/2018

A Story of Survival

This memoir was fascinating and heartbreaking all at the same time; I could not put it down. When I found myself crying through many of the chapters it's because it illuminated the harsh reality of my own dysfunctional childhood and I identified with so much of Ariel's story. Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Ann Eliza Sweeney
  • 02/07/2016

It's a pretty good book. Not the best not the worst.

I love this type of book but the writer comes off a little spoiled. She DID have a terrible mom. And she was neglected by her mom but let's get real here. A lot of us have had it wayyyyy worse and didn't have the loving nanny or penthouse in NYC. I enjoyed listening to the stories but when she starts going to hospitals asking if she is brain damaged I couldn't help but feel annoyed.
Over all it's worth a credit . The glass castle is a much better book about a messed up childhood. If you had one credit to use I would use it for the Glass castle. If you have read that then get this book bc it's good too. But it smacks of poor little rich girl.

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  • Steph
  • 10/02/2019

Amazing!!

If I could give a million stars to the performance, I would. Martha was the perfect narrator to give voice to Ariel’s story, and it’s a voice that needs to be heard.

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  • Amy TTEE
  • 02/01/2019

Very rich

Explores all the nooks and crannies of a deeply distrupted and painful childhood. I did not want it to end. I was totally immersed and absorbed in her struggle.

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  • FeistyRunner
  • 01/01/2019

Poignant & Riveting

Narration: Martha Plimpton should narrate EVERY audio book ever recorded. Absolutely not one criticism. Her inflections and change of tone were consistent and very helpful as the speaker in the book would change. Absolute perfection. Ariel's story was, of course, the real star. I feel the need to address some of the bizarre comments reviewers made regarding Ariel's privileged childhood somehow voiding the reality of her abuse. I had the EXACT same mother yet was raised in a paycheck to paycheck setting. Never, at any point, did I dismiss Ariel's feelings or experiences because she had a ritzy address or for the celebrities who partied in her mom's apartment in the wee hours of the morning as Ariel was trying to get to sleep for school the next day. Anyone who reads this book and has that as a takeaway 1. did not read the entire book and 2. has absolutely no concept of narcissistic abuse syndrome. I will listen to this book again. And again. I am Ariel's age and have had precisely the same circular, manipulative conversations with my mother. Ariel does an amazing job of painting, with excruciating detail, exactly what it's like to be indentured to a narcissist. I live with a hardcore narcissist right now (no surprise to other victims) and this book hit the nail on the head for his behavior as well. If you have a narcissist in your life, or suspect you have one, in any capacity, this book may be the validation you've been looking for.

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  • Baytown Anita
  • 04/09/2018

TERRIBLE -Author HIDES from her poor elderly mother

My heart BREAKS for the authors mother! I want to run after her mother, on that New York street, and hug her!!!

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