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The blessing : a memoir

Author: Gregory Orr
Publisher: San Francisco : Council Oak Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The blood that would first stain Orr's childhood was spilled the year he was twelve. In that autumn, Gregory Orr shot his brother to death in a hunting accident. In this spare and poignant memoir, he tells how this horrific event shaped his life. Against backdrops of the rural Hudson Valley, a remote charity hospital in the jungles of Haiti, and the Deep South of the civil rights era where he marched and bled with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Gregory Orr; Gregory Orr; Gregory Orr
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Orr
ISBN: 1571781110 9781571781116
OCLC Number: 50564804
Description: xi, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Blessing --
Guns --
Accident --
Meanings --
Child mind --
Numb --
Field --
Cain continuing --
Alcove --
Renssalaerville --
Germantown --
Ditch --
House calls --
Bottles --
Books --
New heights --
Chiron --
After --
Returning --
Dream --
Old house --
Visitors --
Plans --
Haiti --
My mother's letters --
Paths --
Voodun --
Last letter --
Operation --
Leaving --
Green bird --
Back to Germantown --
Inga --
School --
Maidens of Hades --
Thread of poetry --
Excursion --
College --
Aftermath --
Mississippi --
Jackson --
After the long day --
Hayneville --
Safe and sound --
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The blood that would first stain Orr's childhood was spilled the year he was twelve. In that autumn, Gregory Orr shot his brother to death in a hunting accident. In this spare and poignant memoir, he tells how this horrific event shaped his life. Against backdrops of the rural Hudson Valley, a remote charity hospital in the jungles of Haiti, and the Deep South of the civil rights era where he marched and bled with other youthful demonstrators, Orr articulates his journey. The blood that would first stain Orr's childhood was spilled the year he was twelve. In that autumn, Gregory Orr shot his brother to death in a hunting accident. In this spare and poignant memoir, he tells how this horrific event shaped his life. Against backdrops of the rural Hudson Valley, a remote charity hospital in the jungles of Haiti, and the Deep South of the civil rights era where he marched and bled with other youthful demonstrators, Orr articulates his journey in language as sharp-edged and authentic as the experiences themselves. At his brother's funeral he saw " ... that death was with us. It was the small white snail of wadded Kleenex my mother kept pressing against her face; it was nibbling holes in her cheek as if it were a leaf." No comfort would come from Orr's beloved though distant mother or his father, a quixotic country doctor addicted to amphetamines. He would have to make sense of life's inchoate forces on his own. Eventually, his experiences would lead him to an unexpected epiphany and a clear answer to one of life's basic questions: How do we find meaning in the face of death?

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