Green Party leader Elizabeth May recommends Wayson Choy’s ‘Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying’

‘The narrative moves in and out of dimensions of human existence with an illuminating clarity of vision’


 

x22166The book deals with two life-threatening events and the author’s struggle to regain his ability to walk and talk, his personality and, even his sanity.  In interviews, Wayson Choy has talked about how deeply grateful he is that when struggling to regain his life through weeks of hospitalization, he did not have to also consider bankruptcy and medical bills. In that sense, Tommy Douglas is infused in its pages.

Despite being non-fiction, the book has a mythic quality. That the bare-bones description sounds grim and depressing makes the fact that the experience of reading this book is inspiring and joyful even more surprising. The narrative moves in and out of dimensions of human existence with an illuminating clarity of vision. It is ultimately a love story. It is the love of friends and the self-assembled family of a life well lived.  It is love of self in the best and highest sense. It is a glorious book.


 

Green Party leader Elizabeth May recommends Wayson Choy’s ‘Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying’

  1. Having read about Elizabeth May and listened to her on the As It Happens quiz program on CBC, I wonder why she doesn't run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. She doesn't seem to realize that other potential candidates are afraid of her, but she would be the best thing since Trudeau to happen to this country if whe were its leader. Please pass this message on to her as I cannot find any other means of contacting her.

    • Yeah, Peter MacKay was just quivering in his boots when that nutter ran against him in Central Nova.. Odd, candiadates don't seem to fear her here in the east. She had to flee to the other end of the country as she couldn't get elected to anything here. Cheers.

  2. Ms May does need a job. And she is pink enough and green enough and mouthy enough to work with Raybob et al in NuLib.