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The Trick is to Keep Breathing

The Trick is to Keep Breathing Janice Galloway s inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a year old drama teacher named Joy Stone The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy who blames her proble

  • Title: The Trick is to Keep Breathing
  • Author: Janice Galloway
  • ISBN: 9781564780812
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Janice Galloway s inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a 27 year old drama teacher named Joy Stone The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental drowning of her illicit lover, but on herself While painful and deeply serious, this is a novel of great warmth and energy it s theJanice Galloway s inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a 27 year old drama teacher named Joy Stone The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental drowning of her illicit lover, but on herself While painful and deeply serious, this is a novel of great warmth and energy it s the wit and irony found in moments of despair that prove to be Joy s salvation First published by Polygon in 1989 and Dalkey Archive Press in 1994, now available again.

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    1. The Trick Is To Keep Reading! Sometimes it strikes me as utterly bizarre. Reading. Those tiny black signs on white paper that I continue to stare at for hours each day. What a strange thing to do. And what incredibly diverse emotions those tiny black signs evoke in me. What complete contrasts they generate, depending on which tiny black signs I choose to read at the same time. In this case, I read Galloway straight after Clarice Lispector's Near to the Wild Heart, and the effect is strong!If Li [...]

    2. Confession: I can't stand looking at a crying woman.I don’t want seeing any woman hurt. I’ve been surrounded by women in my life who at some point in their lives cried: my maternal grandmother, my mother, my sister, my wife, my daughter and even some of my officemates, my friends or even total strangers.Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate them because they cry. I don’t want seeing people extremely sad that they have to shed tears. I don’t believe in happy tears. I think those tears come [...]

    3. The Trick is to Keep Reading.That is what I had to keep telling myself every 25 pages or so. I would have to break away and move to another book for a bit, before I could breathe in and come back, always willingly, to this Keep Breathing of a novel.There is not too much of a plot in this book. It is the account of a young woman in shock after her lover drowned in a camping resort during holidays abroad. Instead of action what Janice Galloway offers us, brilliantly, is the inner pulsing of a depr [...]

    4. Depression, like Karen described Heroin addicts in her review for the sadly out-of-print novel Like Being Killed, is boring, self-absorbed and narcissistic. Depressed people are generally no fun for anyone. For happy people I imagine them to be unfathomable springs of annoyance. Why can’t they just get on with their life, I believe they would say (maybe they say other things, happy people can feel free to enlighten me here). For other folks of melancholy dispositions, dealing with other depres [...]

    5. Brief Interviews With Hideous ReadersB.I. #12DublinQ.I want something light and airy. Reading is hard. After a tough day’s work, I don’t want to do any thinking. My occupation is so important, and I have to concentrate so hard, and exert myself so strenuously, that I simply cannot focus on a page of prose for more than ten minutes without collapsing in a twitching spasming heap on the floor when I get home, so I need extremely easy, unchallenging narratives that introduce me to some topic I [...]

    6. Not sure if it's just me or the effect of reading but I'm feeling distinctly light-headed. The trick is not to think. Just act dammit.Act.Empty. A faint buzzing in the ears and the distant sound of march music. Sparrows squabbling over the fat balls and the craah of a jackdaw. I have lost the ease of being inside my own skin.Food. Food helps, and plenty of water. Or tea. More tea. Pain in the joints, boredom of stillness.You can't stay too long in one place. Something base and human as the need [...]

    7. Many years ago, I read The Bell Jar: this is what I wanted and didn't get from it. While Plath's novel was full of details and attitudes that seemed really alien to me, Galloway's character is incredibly, worryingly familiar.That's the thing about it, of course: I'm not the only person to see shades of myself in Joy Stone (I see what you did with her name, Janice Galloway), but the things I recognise are probably different to the next person. But it's so relatable, so very, very reasonable, that [...]

    8. Ever find yourself entirely unable to describe or explain something you enjoyed reading/watching/consuming? The Trick is to Keep Breathing fits right into that category. Maybe some novels are just not meant to be reviewed. Stories are sometimes most memorable for the ways they make you feel. Charting the breakdown of a young teacher (the ironically-monikered Joy) in the wake of her partner's death, it dabbles in formal experimentation – a review quoted on the cover of my 1997 paperback copy de [...]

    9. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway is a book full of desperate sadness that manages to also be funny and alternately exhausting and exhilarating. Joy Stone, an art teacher, has lost two men-a husband through break-up and, more recently, a lover through drowning. She is battling despair and self-disgust through a deep depression and anorexia. But her voice still comes through with wit and warmth. As she struggles to stay connected to this world and not the world of loss and to rema [...]

    10. I will come back to this after a second read. I read it in 24 hours. It has received praise for its literary qualities and I concur; don't have much to add save that the formal textual fragmentation just about works without drawing attention to itself, and is pretty minimal anyway so don't let that put you off. The thing that I will return to is my shock of recognition: here, in some way I suppose the literary or expressive does matter since the form of thinking matters to one caught in the web [...]

    11. I have wanted to read this for absolutely ages. I am quite familiar with Galloway’s work, having read both volumes of her autobiographies which have been published thus far, and her collected short stories, but I hadn’t got to any of her novels before spotting this in the library. I was expecting such to be the case, but The Trick Is To Keep Breathing is beautifully written from the beginning. Indeed, from the first paragraph alone, I knew that I would be awarding it at least a four-star, if [...]

    12. I won this book in a giveaway and I have to admit, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own, but I am so glad that I got a chance to read this Scottish modern classic.First of all I would like to say that this novel contains triggers for anorexia, anxiety and depression, amongst other mental health issues. There are also sex scenes throughout, some of which are very uncomfortable to read about because of the mental state of the protagonist.Usually this wouldn't be the type of book [...]

    13. 'The trick is' not to start reading! Page 128 and half way through. I feel I have wasted precious reading time and won't be going any further with this. Tedious, abstract, confusing, it does express the nature of mental illness well, but does nothing to entertain the reader. If anything, it's more of a fictional description of one woman's experience; a glimpse into the hopelessness of it all. It it is not make good material for 'entertaining' or 'escapist' reading. It I wanted informative accoun [...]

    14. Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing is a profoundly disturbing story about one woman’s mental breakdown following the death of her lover.Written in a series of fragments, often sharp, melancholy or bleakly funny, the book reflects the slow inward collapse of Joy Stone’s world as she struggles to make sense of all around her.This claustrophobic story, which won the American Academy of the Arts E.M. Forster Award in 1994 and the Mind/Allen Lane Book Award in 1990, is a soul-dest [...]

    15. I picked up The Trick Is To Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway, first because I was a huge Garbage fan in high school so the title stood out to me, and second because the subject matter intrigued me. Wow, this book might linger with me for quite a while. It's told in a stream of consciousness, diary type style which was very difficult to follow. Much like The Bell Jar, this woman's head is NOT a fun place to be. The main character, ironically named Joy, is trying to cope with the recent death of [...]

    16. The main character in this novel, ironically named Joy, is as deeply depressed as any character I’ve encountered. Joy has lost her mother to suicide and has broken off her long-term relationship with a boyfriend. She started an affair with a married man who unexpectedly dies as well. Reviewers say the novel is full “of great warmth and energy”, that “the wit and irony found in moments of depair prove to be Joy’s salvation.” It didn’t feel that way to me. The novel closes with Joy d [...]

    17. This book is good. [where good = productive/hardworking/wouldn't say boo][where good = value for money][where good = neat, acting in a credit-worthy manner][where good = not putting anyone out by feeling* too much, blank, unobtrusive]*Love/Emotion = embarrassment: Scots equation. Exceptions are when roaring drunk or watching football. Men do rather better out of this loophole.

    18. Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.Never have I felt so terrible and sad for a character until Joy Stone (this name made her sadder cause can you imagine a stone having any expression? Especially a happy one?) came along.The death of her lover, Michael, leaves her in shock and depressed, though what makes her situation more difficult is the fact that she is the mistress. Although her lover was going through the process of his divorce, it (if I remember correctly) wasn’t finali [...]

    19. UNCOUNTABLE STARSOne of my favourite books of all time."There are split seconds in the morning between waking and sleep when you know nothing. Not just things missing like where or who you are, but nothing. The fact of being alive has no substance. No awareness of skin and bone, the trap inside the skull. For these split seconds you hover in the sky like Icarus. Then you remember.”Bought in Scotland in my teen years by the love of my life, at least of the first part of my life, I kept coming b [...]

    20. OVERALL IMPRESSION I really enjoyed The Trick Is To Keep Breathing. Galloway takes you deep into the psyche of a woman who is mentally falling apart. This isn’t an easy place to be and the novel becomes overwhelming and claustrophobic at times. I would not have been able to finish it if Galloway had made it any longer. The length is perfect. I was moved to tears because Galloway gives her readers a front row seat to witness someone coming apart at the seams. Joy is the main character and Gallo [...]

    21. 1. i like that i had to interlibrary loan this book and it came from southern methodist university in dallas texas which is now home to the george dubya bush 'presidential' center (note that it isn;t a 'library' like all the other 14 presidential libraries, oh sure he has a 'library' there too but no books so not exactly a library no?) and i was the first person to check this book out since the university bought it in 1995 (sorry dalkey, no disrespect there, it's just how it is in good ol' heart [...]

    22. A haunting depiction of grief. The way Galloway plays with form is subtle enough not to be obnoxious but instead to convey accurately the stalled, slow passage of time in depression, and the stalled, slow thinking process of depression. It is also refreshing that this novel defies the recovery narrative progression. This is not a book about getting better. It is a book about getting by, and the passage of time when you are waiting for "this too to pass."My favourite part is when she is trying to [...]

    23. “No matter how often I think I can't stand it anymore, I always do. There is no alternative. I don't fall, I don't foam at the mouth, faint, collapse or die. It's the same for all of us. You can't get out of the inside of your own head. Something keeps you going. Something always does.” This book was a beautifully written and haunting account of the breakdown of a grief-filled mind. Told through flashbacks and disjointed narrative, with unconventional page layout, this is the best and most b [...]

    24. I know that I haven't been reading at all and I put this book off cause I had finals, but now I feel the need to read a ton since I am in the middle of finals. I only had about 60 pages of this left so it really needed to be finished. Nothing happens in this book. It isn't like My Revolutions where things happen and they are boring in this book nothing actually happens. she is depressed,she thinks about being depressed. Then it has the classic english ending. If that spoils the book for you I ap [...]

    25. It took me a while to get into this book but it was well worth the effort. It is a novel about depression. It's also funny. Having suffered from depression for years on and off I have to acknowledge the importance of humour in coping with it. Galloway's protagonist is also a heroine. She survives, not without cost but she does survive. The writing style is quite unique but dig in.

    26. The trick, finally, is to Forgive Yourself. Everyday. It doesn't have to be in public, or even aloud. Really one of the most perceptive novels on mental illness, and depression/anxiety, that I've read. It's got a lot of humor, a lot of sadness, and even some hope, too. It really does help to keep breathing.

    27. I rarely give up on a book but made an exception for this. I genuinely did not care whether the protagonist lived or died. The typesetting was a (failed) attempt to be clever.There are better books to read than this, not least Surfacing - Margaret Atwood

    28. My favorite book I've ever read - I think I've read it 6 or 7 times. It's similar to The Bell Jar, but I think it's written much better and the main character is so much easier to identify with.

    29. Feel like I'm watching someone spiral down into depression, and can only hope that she manages to pull herself out of it.

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