Memoir | Critical Review by Mary Beth Loup

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Memoir.
This section contains 734 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Memoirs of Trauma

Critical Review by Mary Beth Loup

SOURCE: "Facing the World," in Belles Lettres, Spring, 1995, p. 53.

[In the following positive review, Loup relates her reticence as a cancer survivor at reading Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face, but finds that "Grealy learns to look in the mirror and accept what she sees: the reader privileged to have shared her mirror can do no less."]

Unlike many readers who anticipated the appearance of Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face after first reading her article "Mirrorings" in Harper's, I read the book first. Knowing only that the memoir deals with the author's facial disfigurement following cancer treatment as a child, I approached it cautiously. With my own cancer treatment so recently behind me, I feared that if Grealy's work were shallow, shoddy, sensational, or in any other way mediocre, it would, at the very least, disappoint by...

(read more)

This section contains 734 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Memoirs of Trauma
Follow Us on Facebook