Brett's style makes a virtue of candour - SYDNEY MORNING HERALDLily Brett's third book of non-fiction once again offers the unsparing Brett candour full-on as it traces a number of physical and emotional journeys. This is the voice her readers have come to rely on - insistently honest, unflinching, self-mocking and always hilarious.In Mexico, she tries to write a novel, whBrett's style makes a virtue of candour - SYDNEY MORNING HERALDLily Brett's third book of non-fiction once again offers the unsparing Brett candour full-on as it traces a number of physical and emotional journeys. This is the voice her readers have come to rely on - insistently honest, unflinching, self-mocking and always hilarious.In Mexico, she tries to write a novel, while the toilet explodes in the house, the gardener hoses her notes and the young maid questions her about plastic surgery. In Poland she retraces the steps of her much-loved character from Too Many Men, Ruth Rothwax, and finds herself surprised to hear Ruth's words coming out of her own mouth. In between she writes for the first time about the devastation of losing her New York home to fire and having to rebuild not only a life but a history. She also offers powerful insights into her adopted city New York, both before and after the tragic events of September 11.Brett's witty and audacious eye captures thos moments of humour, pain and love in life that move and haunt us all. Between Mexico and Poland is Lily Brett at her very best....
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between mexico and poland Reviews
Very personal, in many ways dovetails with her fiction although this is nonfiction. At times boring and too detailed at other time enthralling, fascinating and well written. I would suggest reading Too Many Men before reading this book
Could also be titled Between Too Many Men and Gotta Have Balls, two of Brett's novels. The divide between her fictional characters & self is often very porous. I loved the section about the experience of being in NYC & seeing the twin towers come down on 9/11, and the personal impact on Brett, her family & friends & New Yorkers generally. Equally as wonderful was her most recent (then) trip to Poland, a trip Brett has made many times, once in the company of her father, a survivor of Auschwitz-Buchenwald. Brett makes a heartfelt case against racism, and mistreatment of Others, be they gay, Muslim etc. Brett is neurotic - something she readily acknowledges with candid wit. Her great life partner, husband, artist David Rankin, and father are lovely support cast in this. There's a terrific section dealing with an intense period of writing ( Too Many Men) that I found fascinating. I love reading Lily Brett, and recommend this one.
I have just now finished this book ( recommended by Tracey Reid) and although I found the first quarter pretty slow, I was mesmerized by the rest. It's a very personal account of the life of lovable but neurotic author lily Brett. It explains the impact on her life of being the daughter of holocaust survivors, as well as the impact first hand of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If you love Too many Men, one of my all time favorite book, you will love this insight into its remarkable author.
I find Lily Bret's very personal writing, both fiction and non fiction, very real, very moving. I enjoyed seeing my Mexico through her eyes. To glimpse at her inheritance as a Holocaust survivors child. To relive 9/11 through her New Yorker eyes.
8/10/2013 1 of 20 books @ $10