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av Mary Catherine Bateson (Författare)

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This extraordinary book explores that act of creation that engages us all--the compostition of our lives. Through the comparative biographies of herself and four of her close friends, Mary Catherine Bateson provides a fascinating framework for her inquiry into the creative potential of complex lives, where energies are not narrowly focused toward a single ambition but rather are continually refocused and redefined.Each of the women in Composing a Life faced discontinuity at periods in her life, yet was rich in professional achievement and personal relationships. Bateson's life-affirming conclusion is that life is an improvisational art form, and that the interruptions, conflicted priorities, and exigencies that are a part of all our lives can and should be seen as a source of wisdom. Important and empowering, Composing a Life will change lives.… (mer)
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Titel:Composing a Life 1989 (Life as a work in progress-the improvisations of five extraordinary women..)
Författare:Mary Catherine Bateson (Författare)
Info:Plume (1989)
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Composing a Life av Mary Catherine Bateson (1989)

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Liked the general premise but was hoping for more... Disappointed by the bitter and condescending tone. ( )
  szbuhayar | May 24, 2020 |
I appreciate the insightful reviews here on GoodReads. I wanted to like this book more than I did for the reasons others have articulated. It's dated and its flaws more apparent now than they would have been 25 years ago. Our lives are not monolithic, but patchwork, and I think this holds true for most people now - men and women - in ways we need to explore but in an atmosphere less rarefied.
Plus side: this book stimulated my imagination to think about the lives of 5 of my dear friends and what a book would look like if I wrote about their lives; it was exhilarating. What stories there are to be told!
Still, there are insights in nearly every chapter which are graceful. There is an honoring of the rituals of homemaking, for example, "There is real work involved in housekeeping, in providing food and shelter, but even if we learn to minimize the mechanics of these jobs, the tasks of homemaking cannot be eliminated for their value goes beyond the mechanical. We enact and strengthen our relationships by performing dozens of small, practical rituals, setting the table, making coffee, raking the lawn - giving and receiving material tokens..."

(note to self: good quotes on p.55,97, bottom of 105) ( )
1 rösta MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
I was reading this book for a project. Overall I think there is much to learn from it, as I move into a discontinuous working and communal world. I, however, looked very much forward to when I could put it down and pick up other books. ( )
  cambernard90 | Apr 12, 2017 |
This book had a few interesting things to say, but overall I found it to be an annoying gripe session about the author's experiences at Amherst. Interestingly, I found several related topics with the previous book I read, Who's Afraid of Marie Curie. I'm not disappointed that I read the book, but it was quite a drag to get through. ( )
  lemontwist | Dec 28, 2009 |
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From themissionlist.com:

When I was 22, I worked at iVillage.com, and co-founder Nancy Evans suggested I read a book called Composing a Life, written by Margaret Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson. I just reread Bateson’s book, and her point about the trajectory of women’s lives is powerful today.

Bateson emphasized that women’s lives–marked by caretaking– so often veer from the paths we may intend them to take. This is a wonderful thing, but we’re not taught to think of it that way. Bateson writes of the huge creative potential of a life that twists and turns, and is not “pointed towards a single ambition.” These are not lives without commitment, “but rather lives in which commitment is continually refocused and redefined.”
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This extraordinary book explores that act of creation that engages us all--the compostition of our lives. Through the comparative biographies of herself and four of her close friends, Mary Catherine Bateson provides a fascinating framework for her inquiry into the creative potential of complex lives, where energies are not narrowly focused toward a single ambition but rather are continually refocused and redefined.Each of the women in Composing a Life faced discontinuity at periods in her life, yet was rich in professional achievement and personal relationships. Bateson's life-affirming conclusion is that life is an improvisational art form, and that the interruptions, conflicted priorities, and exigencies that are a part of all our lives can and should be seen as a source of wisdom. Important and empowering, Composing a Life will change lives.

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