• Title: Meditations from a Movable Chair
  • Author: Andre Dubus
  • ISBN: 9780679751151
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meditations from a Movable Chair The twenty five luminous and intensely personal essays in this collection are like Andre Dubus s celebrated short stories a testament to the author s vulnerability vision and indestructible faith
    The twenty five luminous and intensely personal essays in this collection are, like Andre Dubus s celebrated short stories, a testament to the author s vulnerability, vision, and indestructible faith Since losing one leg and the use of the other in a 1986 accident, Dubus has experienced despair, learned acceptance, and, finally, found joy in the sacramental magic of evenThe twenty five luminous and intensely personal essays in this collection are, like Andre Dubus s celebrated short stories, a testament to the author s vulnerability, vision, and indestructible faith Since losing one leg and the use of the other in a 1986 accident, Dubus has experienced despair, learned acceptance, and, finally, found joy in the sacramental magic of even the most quotidian tasks.Whether he is writing of the relationship with his father, the rape of his beloved sister, his Catholic faith, the suicide of a gay naval officer, his admiration for fellow writers like Hemingway and Mailer, or the simple act of making sandwiches for his daughters lunchboxes, Dubus cuts straight to the heart of things Here we have a master at the height of his powers, an artist whose work is suffused with grace, bathed in a kind of spiritual glow The New York Times Book Review.

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    1. msarki.tumblr/post/151849The essays are many and quick to read, full of emotional pain and wrenching agony involved in the effort it most likely took Dubus to write them.  I never doubted for a second the anguish Dubus related in his struggle with depression, and I am sure thoughts of ending his life entered his consciousness often though he did not ever speak of it except for saying he struggled mightily those first five years after the accident that took his legs from him.  Instead of killin [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this collection of memoir-essays by Andre Dubus II. Titled "Meditations from a Moveable Chair," the essays were all written after the author started using a wheelchair, but not all of the essays are about his disability, or his life as a disabled person. Some of the essays focus on other people, or events unrelated to the car accident that damaged his body so greatly. Some essays focus on his childhood, and different moments from his adult life as an able-bodied man.I loved read [...]

    3. I didn't find his particular way of adapting to a tragedy inspiring. I'm glad he found his way the best he could. At a younger age I would have been impressed and yes, inspired. But now it was just one more way, and each way seems to me over the years, when found is tailored to the individual.

    4. This last work of Andre Dubus is a graceful and intimate collection of essays that delivers wave after wave of insight into the writer's humanity, frustration, gratitude, nostalgia, morality, physicality, spirituality, faith, etc. His style in these essays matches the rhythms of his excellent prose, but slice a little deeper as a result of these insights. His faith (he became a more devout Roman Catholic after his accident) could seem overwhelming to some, but he is never preachy. He is instead [...]

    5. It was neat to read this book alongside Dancing After Hours because, in some cases, you get the germ of the short story in the memoir/essay. I've admired Dubus père for many years, consider "A Father's Story" one of the best I've EVER read, right up there with Carver's "A Small, Good Thing" and Kate Braverman's "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta" (if you want to know my absolute favorites).Anyhow, it was good to get some insights into Dubus, perhaps more important since his son's memoir, Townie. [...]

    6. Meditations From A Movable Chair by Andre Dubus This wonderfully thought-provoking collection of essays on faith and family and life lessons, on pain, love, loss, literature became true meditations for me. I would read until some thought or image demanded me to reflect. At times, I was handed a nugget so rich that it was a week or more before I could pick up the book again. At other times, I could not put it down, craving more time with this insightful and intelligent mind.

    7. I loooooved Andre Dubus' collection of essays, Broken Vessels/review/show/ So I feel like I'm cheating on him or talking behind his back to do anything but totally love this collection as well but the truth is I didn't. I liked a lot of it and I'll probably re-read much of it in snippets over time but reading it essay to essay was too much for me. It felt too inspirational or motivational in a predictable way, like there was a rhythm and it went it something like this:I'm Andre Dubus.I have a tr [...]

    8. I really like the personal essay form, and Dubus is great at this form. Mainly because he takes risks being alarmingly honest and real with who he is, what he's facing, and the reflections he gets back from those around him who think they are seeing him.

    9. 210pp. A collection of personal essays on his experience of losing a leg and being confined to a wheelchair that are actually about daily sacrament, sorrow, joy, beauty and the gift and struggle of this life. I am raw with loveliness. He writes in clear, simple sentences. Moves back and forth between memory and present experience until--in a neat slice-you are in the beating heart. I get to meet him in two weeks and spend several hours each day in a writing workshop with this lovely human. I mig [...]

    10. This is a review of Andre Dubus “Meditations from a Movable Chair”. In this book Dubus writes a genre that has become a rarity amongst modern popular literature. “Meditations from a Movable Chair” is a fantastic book and serves as a landmark in everything that represents creative nonfiction.This collection of short stories acts as part of the extensive memoirs of Andre Dubus. The title of the book references how after having been crippled in an accident Dubus writes from a wheel chair.I [...]

    11. It is the honesty of this book that is at times breathtaking. Dubus takes a microscope to his own life, his own mental states, his own failings and insecurities and shares the results of those inspections with the reader. Some people have a dividing line, a temporal Continental Divide of sorts, which demarcates the before from the after. That line for Dubus was 23 July 1986 when, acting as a Good Samaritan, he stopped along I 93 outside of Boston and was hit by another car. His legs were crushed [...]

    12. This book shows me a Christianity that I could see and feel and taste in ways I never have. I didn't even know that that was what I would find here, but I got to the end, and that's what I found. That's what I glimpsed. There are many books that I have read and loved, but very few that have forced me to look at the world differently. His descriptions make me want to reach out my hands and touch things, they make me want to move, want to sit and smell and see where I am. He never preached at me o [...]

    13. This book, published near the end of the author's life, contains a collection of short, personal essays. Through the act of writing, he reflects upon, explores, and makes discoveries about his own life and often about life in general. Dubus' crippling accident in 1986 features prominently throughout the book as does the healing power that the rituals of Catholicism hold for him. Family, nature, and safety are other basic themes he visits and re-visits throughout these essays, or "meditations" as [...]

    14. This book is a collection of essays. Some are great, some are less than great, some are not even near great. No hard feelings, though. The topics are autobiographical; his family, memories of growing up in Louisiana, writing and being a writer. The author was married three times, and had two families of kids. He was injured severely in a car crash later in his life. He had one leg partially amputated, and the other one was no good, so he was in a wheel chair. He experienced physical and emotiona [...]

    15. The first time I read this book when I was backpacking up on Mt. Adams with my dog Chobe. ONce I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Night began to fall, there was no tent or fire and Chobe was getting pretty worried. It was one of those nights when we were both supremely thankful for ramen.I'm not sure what I like so much about these essays, which I've returned to now and again over the years. In part it's Dubus' voice, which is strong and confident; in part it's his ability to weave ma [...]

    16. Meditations from a Movable Chair is an autobiography of the author, Andre Dubus. There are a number of essays the author collected together for this book. Many of them are personal and really touched me in the loneliness and sorrow he faced after becoming crippled. I also enjoyed how he describes his own Catholic faith that I can relate to as a Christian myself. Regarding simple things in life as sacraments brings warmth and appreciation to the readers, and it's nice. However, a few essays, I fe [...]

    17. 2.5 stars. This book was OK-to-notbad. It wasn't a total waste of time but I won't go out of my way to recommend it to anyone. This guy makes a lot of God references which to me is a little over the top. And I don't understand some of his "lessons". Maybe I'm too shallow of a reader (or of a person). But it was enlightening in that I got to know the everyday life of a person in a wheelchair - the thoughts more so than the actions. A couple of the stories were good but most were so so.

    18. Overall, well written. I enjoyed some of the essays more than others though. "Mailer at the Algonquin" is informative and uplifting, especially for aspiring writers. I loved what Dubus has to say about Boston drivers in "Liv Ullmann in Spring." "A Country Road Song" is just truly beautiful. I have to admit, though, that I skimmed a couple of essays that are a bit on the religious side (Dubus was a practicing Catholic), but the book does make me want to read more of his work.

    19. Spiritually moving in all the best ways. Debus is a Catholic writer who lost the use of his legs in a car accident. 'Mediations From a Moveable Chair' is a collection of short non-fiction stories in which he reflects on his life many years afterwards. A powerful read. Assigned by Dr. Bieber Lake for American Literature: Modernism & Beyond.

    20. This is the best Andre Dubus book. It is only missing The Doctor and a couple of the novellas. It even includes Voices from the Moon, which was a separate book. So many good stories in here -- Leslie in California, Adultery, Voices from the Room, Rosa, Killings, many more. These are the most compassionate stories you will ever read.

    21. A pleasant, thought-provoking, sometimes disturbing (in a good sense), sobering, and compassionate read. Herein are various reflections of his life within years of getting hit by a car and losing one leg and the use of his other leg. Reading this (his last before he died), makes me wish I knew him personally. I think I would have loved to go out for a drink with him.

    22. Of the two collections (Meditations from a Moveable Chair and Broken Vessels), I would recommend:Song of Pity, Letter to Amtrak, Giving Up the Gun, Witness, Sketches at Home, and most especially, Broken Vessels (Part V of the book of the same name).

    23. One of my favorite collections of essays. Dubus is a Catholic writer who manages to embue the ordinary with a sacramental quality that is incredibly refreshing. His style is Hemmingway-esque, which I also enjoy.

    24. I read this a while ago and all I recall is that it was very affecting. (Will update this review if I come across my reading notes.) But the five star rating says it all, considering I'm stingy with my stars. :)

    25. If you read this, read it along with Marie Howe's "What The Living Do." It's a beautifully sad book that I should probably own because I'm always wishing I could go back to revisit particular passages.

    26. Dubus reminds us why we write and why we read. I love using A Hemingway Story in a class of literary interpretation in which we read his essay as well as Hemingway's original story. The lesson that the stories we read over and over and ourselves are always changing is a profoundly wonderful one.

    27. Loved some of these short stories/ essays. Andre Dubus is a great writer and a great Catholic writer, this was a really quick read for me because it was so well written, makes me want to read some of his fiction next.

    28. We think you might enjoy Andre Dubus' writing in general, but suggest starting with this series of essays. The author uses his personal experiences to explore much larger issues, and he trims all the fat from his sentences, leaving lean, punchy writing.

    29. A Simple yet powerful story of andre in 25 chapters. The way he describes his relationship with his father is exceptional. The non-syncing chapters add a special flavor to this prose which i felt good.

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