Too afraid to cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann

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Read Too afraid to cry Online Free - Too Afraid to Cry is a memoir that, in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse, gives witness to the human cost of policies that created the Stolen Generations of Indigenous people in Australia.

It is a narrative of good and evil, terror and happiness, despair and courage. It is the story of a people profoundly wronged, told through the frank eyes of a child, and the troubled mind of that child as an adult, whose life was irretrievably changed by being tricked away from her family and adopted into a German Lutheran family.

What makes this book sing is not only Ali Cobby-Eckermann’s strong and unique narrative voice and her ability to cut to the essence of things in her poetry, but also the astounding courage with which she leads the reader through the complex account of a life in free-fall and a journey to wholeness through reconnection with her birth family and its ageless culture and wisdom.

This is a brave book, written by a woman who has faced her demons, transformed her suffering into a work of art, and found her true sitting place in the world.

Title : Too afraid to cry
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ISBN : 1921325240
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 218 pages


Krystal rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2017

This heartbreaking memoir delves into the stolen Indigenous childhood of generations in Australia, as Ali Cobby Eckermann powerfully reflects on how her identity was shaped by these oppressive forces!

Judy rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2014

Truly deserves the rating of absolutely amazing. I am I awe of this lady's ability to write, to tell her story and to go forward in life in what appears to be a very positive way. The blurb says it brilliantly about the way the book is written......"in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse"...

Siddharth rated it ★★★☆☆

September 06, 2015

Read in June 2015 The memoir is written in simple, spare prose that hides more than it reveals; the verses that intersperse it seek to articulate the pain, heartbreak and hope that the prose chooses to state without elaboration. It's not the kind of book I can easily appreciate - my pig-headedness...

Jodi Sh. rated it ★★★★★

November 04, 2016

#mustread I don't often recommend books, but I would have never come across this had I not met Ali Cobby Eckermann at a New Zealand literary festival and become completely enamored, completely by accident. Unless you believe in fate, then the universe intentionally took me to New Zealand so I coul...

Emily rated it ★★★☆☆

March 05, 2018

I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. In this memoir, Ali Cobby Eckermann recounts her life as she remembers it in simple, straightforward prose divided into 1-2 page chapters and poems. The events packed into these short chapters are heavy--Eckermann is p...

Cheyenne rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2014

This is a book about families. Extended family, immediate family, add-ons and blow-ins. Families who are related by blood, by legal adoption, or by the loose ties of people declaring “these friends are my family”. It’s about belonging in more than one family, and moving assuredly in each. Ali Cobb...

Kate rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2018

I was really intrigued by the description of this one - a firsthand account of the horrific racist policy of forcibly taking Aboriginal children away from their families from the perspective of one who was taken - but unfortunately I couldn't get into it. Told in a simple, straightforward manner,...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018 Ali Cobby Eckermann's memoir of her childhood as the adopted Aboriginal girl of a German family in Australia is half heartbreaking and many parts joy. ACE tells a story of childhood trauma and confusion about who she was. The narrative is clean, flows simply a...

Marika rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 10, 2017

Very sparse memoir of growing up as an Aboriginal girl in Australia.There was an ugly movement to remove these children from their the hopes that they would become more civilized. Each chapter ends with poetry. Perhaps it's the translation, as I didnt/couldn't viscerally connect with...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

March 15, 2017

The theme of 'Too Afraid to Cry' is one that will stick with you after you read this book. Throughout the book, Ali Cobby Eckerman leads you through all aspects of her life. The Author portrays the repercussions of the stolen generation, and how truly and deeply that can affect someone. This book...

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