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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (udgave 2020)

af Samantha Harvey (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping
Forfattere:Samantha Harvey (Forfatter)
Info:Grove Press (2020), Edition: 1, 192 pages
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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping by Samantha Harvey is an extended meditation about the anxieties of life in general that become amplified when she goes through a year of sleeplessness.

If you're seeing comments about "stream of consciousness" writing and don't really like that style, don't let those comments keep you from the book. This isn't truly stream of consciousness. Most of her writing is not internal thoughts unfiltered but rather her thoughts written to convey her feelings to a reader. This means that each small section does have form and the jumps due to associations is less off-putting than in actual stream of consciousness. Harvey does try to convey the way the mind can sabotage attempts at sleep but for the most part stops short of taking us into her unfiltered stream of consciousness.

Having clarified that misstatement from so many reviewers (one that makes a certain amount of sense, if a reader views any glimpse at internal thoughts outside of a definitive narrative as "stream of consciousness" then they will think that is what this is), I have to acknowledge that there isn't much obvious structure to the book. That, however, is a strength and not a weakness. There is a sense of a chronological flow, whether from the beginning of her sleepless year or through a sleepless night, but each meditation is also a relatively independent piece of writing. I say relatively because there are threads other than sleeplessness that run through the book.

Life is stressful and whether in the form of fear, anxiety, or a hybrid of the two that stress can amplify any other physical issue. I have always been a "bad sleeper," prone to waking and then maybe getting back to sleep eventually. In the past few years I have had bouts of sleeplessness, usually no longer than a week to three weeks. I know how much that disrupts my life and how every little, and not so little, element of life becomes something to fret over while I try to empty my mind to sleep. I can't imagine a year of that.

But the things that Harvey writes about will speak to not only other insomniacs but anyone who ever takes the time to ponder life's incongruities. Things that make little to no sense and even more perplexing those things that make perfect sense but are simply wrong or bad. I have my always ready topics that wait just below the surface, ready to expand into every corner of my mind if I have a bad sleep, or sleepless, night. I think most of us do. This book is relatable for those who know this about themselves.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | May 15, 2020 |
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