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On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons review Ü 3 To BettyIn Five Days Gone Laura Cumming brilliantly unspools the tale of her mother’s life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core Using photographs from the time historical documents and works of art Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the uniue intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family’s past and its legacies Compulsive vivid and profoundly touching Five Days Gone is a masterful blend of memoir and history an extraordinary personal narrative unlike any oth. This was an outstanding memoir by Laura Cumming about her mother Elizabeth other names Grace Betty I only became aware of it from the Briefly Noted section of The New Yorker September 16 2019 issue I hope if you have not read it that you do Five Days Gone is a memoir of a child who was kidnaped in the fall of 1929 for 5 days in Lincolnshire a county in eastern England with a long coastline on the North Sea to the east A substantial piece of the book is about Elizabeth other names Grace Betty after those 5 days when she was returned and her life with her parents George and Veda Elston until she left for school Nottingham College of Art and then in Scotland at the Edinburgh College of Art at the age of 18 But an eually substantial part of the book is the author s and her mother s Elizabeth s search for the circumstances under which she was kidnapped and who did it and why I think about of the way through the book in realizing what I was reading a sense of sadness came upon menot just for Elizabeth but for several other people who knew her At the time of the writing of the memoir 2019 Laura Cumming s mother Elizabeth was still alive but getting up there in years and ailing The mother gave her permission for the story to be told Laura Cumming the author of this memoir about her mother is an art critic and it shows in her writing fabulously written prose and her placement of several period pieces of artwork that provide not just illustrations in the novel but illustrations that reinforce or explain parts of the narrative I try not to give away spoilers but after reading this I can say that although I was sad at times while reading the book I was angry at only one person in the narrative and even then not to the point where I thought the person shouldn t have walked the face of the earth I finished the book 1 glad that I had made acuaintances with Elizabeth and her ancestors and with her daughter Laura Cumming the author of the memoir and 2 appreciative that I had just read a most enjoyable and hopefully unforgettable memoir I give this my highest rating gladlyAnd I am glad I have company Nominated for The 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award one of NPR s Best Books of 2019Reviews JimZ Actually an interview on NPR with the author Laura Cumming Laura Cumming used some words in the book I was not familiar with and I wanted to find out that they meant Egad one word brassica was not in my American Heritage Dictionary Brassica a genus of plants in the mustard family Brassicaceae The members of the genus are informally known as cruciferous vegetables cabbages or mustard plants Crops from this genus are sometimes called cole crops derived from the Latin caulis denoting the stem or stalk of a plantDun a dull grayish brown color Rhotacism is the inability to pronounce or difficulty in pronouncing r sound JimZ I remember in 2nd grade that I had to read to my father after dinner because a teacher said I could not pronounce my r s I would say wed wooster rather than red rooster Luckily I outgrew my rhotacism

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On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons review Ü 3 A nearby village several days later she was found in perfect health and happiness No one was ever accused of a crime The incident uickly faded from her memory and her parents never discussed it To the contrary they deliberately hid it from her and she did not learn of it for half a centuryThis was not the only secret her parents kept from her For many years while raising her in draconian isolation and protectiveness they also hid the fact that she’d been adopted and that shortly after the kidnapping her name was changed from Grace. She started out her life as Grace until she was adopted before age 3 then she was Betty A name she never liked Later she called herself Elizabeth An older couple adopted her at age 3 George and Veda Elston She grew to dislike George who was controlling and didn t want her mingling with others in the tiny village She wasn t allowed to go out and play with any of the local kids This story is about the discovery of her strange disappearance that happened when she was about 3 but she wasn t aware of until she was in her 50 s that s shared with and written about by her daughter Who took her and why And for what reason was she returned days later Read to find out Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley author Laura Cumming and the publisher 35 stars rounded up to 4Also on my WordPress blog

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On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons review Ü 3 Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazuez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother’s mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village and how that event reverberated through her own family and her art for decadesIn the fall of 1929 when Laura Cumming’s mother was three years old she was kidnapped from a beach on the Lincolnshire coast of England There were no screams when she was taken suggesting the culprit was someone familiar to her and when she turned up again in. The Mystery of OriginHow does consciousness emerge We are not born with it We cannot remember being without it Suddenly it is there A mystery There is a before and an after But there is no way to pinpoint the event After it occurs we have memories uncertain but nevertheless our own Before the event we rely on other people external evidence to confirm our existence If that evidence is incomplete or contradictory even greater mysteries ariseThe mystery of consciousness for Laura Cumming s mother is punctuated by her abduction just as consciousness is forming The abduction is a public event which makes an entire community involved in what is otherwise a strictly personal process But both her family and the denizens of her Lincolnshire coastal village conspire to keep her unconscious life from her until middle age Five Days Gone is a memoir of recovery of that hidden life The abduction is an awfully good trope upon which to hang the entire taleAccording to most schools of psychology our personalities are fixed during our unconscious first few years Carl Jung suggested that our conscious selves are merely flotsam on a sea of unconsciousness Our fears presumptions about the world social sensitivities and inhibitions and perhaps even ambitions are created subtly but decisively in this sea which affect not only our own lives but is passed along to our progeny The presumption of therapy is that knowing what happened in the vast void can neutralise its affectsI m not so sure To be of therapeutic benefit I presume any story we tell ourselves about the void has to be coherent We are after all engaging in a kind of personal theology in which the creator spirit must provide some rationale for the way we are Even if that creator spirit turns out to be a less than benign demon therapy only works if that demon is rational according to its own lightsTherapy is especially awkward if the subject is not ourselves but our forebears It is the contents of their void which has although indirectly dominated the formation of ours But what we have to work with is stories from others photographs rumours sterile official documents and an ultimate cultural oeuvre In Cumming s case this latter is that of an isolated inbred English seaside village of the 1930 s And it seems that it is this culture which her mother was most shaped by and most reacted against for the rest of her life And this archaic culture in turn dominated Cumming s psychic inheritanceTo know that one is the product of a general culture is not news And I doubt that it has much therapeutic import It may be important in relativising one s opinions and presumptions But its unlikely to provide an explanation and therefore a cure for specific neuroses It s not even very personally satisfying except as history or poetry such as Jung s archetypes As Cumming s mother realises We hide behind other people s words lose our self consciousness in playing someone else Whatever the individual is she is not to be found in generalitiesBut neither do the uniue details of one s life help very much Firstly since most are not really uniue More importantly because the impact of strange parents a dim family history vaguely medieval neighbours and odd family conventions can t be predicted Do these things shape or is it their rejection which directs our lives The enduring shock seems to occur when it becomes clear that almost everyone I know knows something about me that I don t and they aren t telling This makes the world untrustworthy as a matter of principleIt is suspicion of the world it s motives intentions and its capacity for lies that seems to be passed along filling the unconscious void of the child as if it were biological Suspicion changes the mystery of consciousness into a threat Filling in the unconscious void with meandering dream like facts may not be a good idea since every additional fact confirms yet another falsehood The subtle hostility of the world is not a neurotic delusion Reality can be worse than imagination can allow Just the opposite of therapy The truth may be justifiably left aloneCould it be that the mystery of one s origin is actually meant to be a secret That that period of infantile unconsciousness is meant as a sort of buffer between the individual and what is essentially an unbearable legacy of human suffering Without the void would many of us maintain the burden of consciousness or would we choose to end its reignIn any case no amount of research effort devoted to the mystery is likely to reduce its mysteriousness In fact every anecdote told by another every photograph and every letter creates mysteries These we resolve with stories or not just as we could have done at the outset Searching for oneself is ultimately like searching for the fossil of the first human being Even holding such a thing in our hands we wouldn t know we had it So after such an extensive trip through Cumming s family life what is there but another imaginative story That may be enough Paintings unlike books don t divide between fiction and nonfiction remarks Cumming about a painting by Degas And that is what her work amounts to a magnificent prose painting


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    On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free Laura Cumming found the inspiration to write this memoir in a story of a 3 year old girl who was abducted in 1929 from a beach and was found safe and sound after five days This story had a happy end even a double one as the little girl had no memories of the event as she grew older This all sounds like a plot of a good thriller h

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    On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free 35 A mother and daughter search for answers in this unusual memoir Family art and the uest for identity are major themes as a set of photographs are the impetus that leads the daughter to try to track down the mystery of her mother's life A family story with a mystery at the heart as her mother was taken when she was three and returned a few days later Who took her and why was she returned? Following the clues in the pi

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    On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free Laura Cumming È 3 free download summary On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons The Mystery of OriginHow does consciousness emerge? We are not born with it We cannot remember being without it

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    On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free She started out her life as Grace until she was adopted before age 3 then she was Betty A name she never liked Later she called herself Elizabeth An older couple adopted her at age 3 George and Veda Elston She grew to dislike George who was c

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    Laura Cumming È 3 free download read ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB È Laura Cumming On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free This book has its origins and setting in Chapel St Leonards a village on the Lincolnshire coast Being a Lincolnshire lad I

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    Laura Cumming È 3 free download On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free The author painted a beautiful picture of her mother's life and times As I pictured this little girl I wish I could have taken her in my arms she had such a hard life While reading I realised was not so very different from my own mother's life story It also occurred to me that preserving photos and other material from grandparents great grandparents does help to find out how they lived I know so little in that respect

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    Laura Cumming È 3 free download On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free oh what a tangled web we weavewhen first we practise to deceiveFor along time I thought those lines were written by Alexander Pope but the internet tells me that their author was in fact Walter Scott so much for my innocent illusions

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    On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons E–pub Free Laura Cumming È 3 free download summary On Chapel Sands My Mother and Other Missing Persons I heard about this book on NPR and it sounded so compelling that I immediately acuired a copy There is too much book for the story I almost immediately guessed the kernel of the story and although the NPR piece had set me up for a big surprise at the end none came what I had already guessed was the whole surprise The writing is overwrought with detail that becomes truly excruciating as well as repetitive I c

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