Martha Baillie: The Shape I Gave You



A woman must be on er guard We believe we control the tides inside everyone but we are not the moon We must be willing to shut out our Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped husbands our lovers brutally in order to think and work or simply to sit alone Each of Baillie s books seems to employ some uniue structural device these are not in my view gimmicks just Martha Baillie s creative mind at work In this case most of the book consists of a very long letter If that puts you off as a potential reader I m very sorry toave mentioned it because this is a very fine book indeed It s the most challenging of The Hunger Within her books that I ve read so far certainly the most emotionally intense boldest and most compelling It alsoighlights once again Baillie s wonderful facility with language Here Baillie explores the complexity and ambiguity of the Between Two Skies humaneart Beatrice s extended letter reveals a state of desperation that can no longer tolerate remaining uiet Writing and sending it is an outrageous act Is it a confession A plea for forgiveness A means of lashing out against everything that didn t work out It s all of that and and essentially an attempt at self discovery In places it s so visceral that I began to wonder Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England how much ofer own persona Baillie was revealingThis is a writer who always exceeds expectations This is the first book by Martha Baillie I ve read and I was fascinated And will read Very different approach Keeps you wondering and working until the end Amateur writing at the beginning but evolves to a good and enjoyable read Asks some great uestions worth consideringFavourite uote I wanted to escape from living an imperfect life I was greedy I yearned to be released from life s slow merky current to be freed into clarity by rushing passion I Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 hoped for momentous changeAnd now everythingas changed Ines is gone Is this my clarity pg 71Favourite referenceThe The Dolce Diet heart alone is voiceless By itself it knowsbut cannot think and soit cannot close the door to fearJan Zwicky String Practice I started off with veryigh Brave Enough hopes and expectations for this book I found the writing and the story engaging but I was disappointed with the infidelity aspect I thought the intellectual affair was much fascinating than the physical I wouldave loved to see the ramifications of an intellectual affair explored Is it really cheating on your Spunk husband if you don t do it Once Beatrice slept with Gustave I felt deflated and disappointe. Out on a journey ofis own As Ulrike reads about Beatrice’s life and Gustave’s role in it she reluctantly revisits the world of The Kafka of 238th Street her own memories and starts to seeer present in an altered light In The Shape I Gave You acclaimed novelist and poet Martha Baillie explores the complex relationships between parents and children men and women to create a novel of spare elegance that gives piercing insight into the nature of confession and ow we choose who to ask for absolution.

Ghter is dead at eighteen er marriage is crumbling from the weight of sadness and guilt She decides to write a letter to the daughter of the man with whom she carried on a decades long love affair oping for something she is not even sure of erself Her letters to Ulrike are the memories of Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, her lover interwoven with small details ofer daughter s life and death It is Ivory (The Ivory Saga hard to write about grief without it turning into a morbid dark tale Grief is blinding and makes us selfish Grief stalks us no matter where we go and once we are called to enter we are not allowed to leave until we can incorporate it are able to give it aome at the very center of us But grief also opens us up in ways nothing else can Everything everything becomes acute and tender t beatrice mann a canadian sculptor and long time acuaintance friend mistress stalker of ulrike Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, huguenot s father writes a very long often inappropriate often beautiful letter to ulrike a german pianist living in berlin beatrice s teenaged daughter inesas just died and glimpses of the relationship beatrice and ines The Temple of Death had populates the letter aistory of precociousness fierce selfhood misunderstanding love beatrice is somewhat uniue in my limited perceptions of motherhood she reads as a flawed empathetically selfish deeply individual person who continued to live as that person not mainly as a mother and yet clearly was also ines mother ulrike is a bit annoying Venus Blueprint her perspective falls flat for me somewhat removed from theeart of the book somewhat remote the epistolary or Shame On Her Volume 3 here maybe three uarters epistolary novel is also uestionable to me there is an awkward tension immediately kicked up between the immersive experience of fictional reality and the known limits of actual reality perfect conversations are transcribed years after the fact pesky detailsave to be accounted for oh i Bisk CPA Review had these letters onand to copy out for you ulrike those eighty pages beatrice mails to ulrike are almost not a letter beyond a letter and yet she sends them Here we are marching in the time it takes to write a letter into what future I can t say You are the noble and I m the peasant Can I euipped with the wisdom you so generously and misguidedly attribute to me send you a recipe to put an end to a passion No Because I don t want to send you any such recipe On the contraryI am practised at closing my studio door I A Crazy Kind of Love have learned to be good at it. Cause my daughteras died” begins Beatrice’s extraordinary letter of confession Her only child Ines The Medieval Forest has been killed at the age of eighteen and Beatriceas closed The Road Beyond Ruin herself iner Toronto studio Unable to speak openly with Backlash her grievingusband Isaac she turns to Ulrike a young woman she barely knows While she retells and possibly reshapes the past – Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, her obsession with the exacting and complex Gustave ander relationship with er elusive now vanished daughter – Isaac sets.

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Martha Baillie is a new canadian writer to me and I m glad I found er I m reading this book slowely not because it isn t interesting but because I m enjoying it so much and I don t want to find out In Defense of Food how it ends It takes place in Canada and Germany A young woman receives a long letter it fills the book from a childhood family woman acuaintancea friend ofer mother and fatherThe letter describes in detail a life long secret and obsessional love the writer ad for the young woman father The affair was mostly literalie by letter Nothing increases passion like the element of taboo The writer daughter finds the letters and swipes themcarrying them in er bike knapsack she is sideswiped by a truck and killed My uestion is Why is this woman writing all this to the daughter of the man she loved it s as if she s using this young woman as a replacement for Black and White her dead daughter and is talking toer to explain the letters I ll let you know The Color of Water how it ends Martha Baillie used to run the book club at the Kew Beach Library I only meter the one time and then she کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمی‌نویسد had a bicycle accident Subseuently I found out that she was an author as well The plot is about Beatrice and Issac s 18 year old daughter who died in an accident As Beatrice grieves for the child sheas lost she writes a letter 80 pages to the daughter Ulrike of Cake Pops her former lover detailinger affair All through the book I am thinking why to what end what self indulgence Brave New World how boring Not until the end is it revealed that both parties Beatrice and Ulrike get something out of this excercise I guess grieving takes all sorts of forms and shapes The author is a poet as well as a novelist and she writes beautifully I think this book is probably as good as it gets in terms of this genre whatever that is but I don t know if reading it was worthwhile for me I liked the characters names Gerda Gustave Ulrike Ingrid Isaac Ines Beatrice and the fact that some of it was set in Toronto but I found the writing a little too juvenile Also the story was not nearly as erotic as it imagined itself My lips devoured the borders ofis mouth We discovered the The Name of the Rose hardness of our teeth the strength and precision of our tongues Had I read this book 20 years ago I wouldave found it self indulgent and grim but then that would ave been before my first real eartbreak before I Memories of My Melancholy Whores had a chance to know real grief Beatrice the protagonistas lost much Her dau. The night before she leaves to give a recital in another city Ulrike Huguenot a young pianist arrives at Pakistan her Berlin apartment planning to spend a relaxing evening there Instead she finds stuffed iner mailbox an unexpected and unwelcome letter It is from Beatrice Mann a Canadian sculptor a friend of Pitch Dark her father Gustave and also Ulrike believesis lover What could this woman possibly Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear have to say toer And why now seven years after er father’s death “I’m writing to you be.

Martha Baillie was born in Toronto in 1960 and educated in a French English bilingual school At seventeen she left for Scotland where she studied history and modern languages French and Russian at the University of EdinburghShe completed her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Toronto While at university Baillie became involved in theatreShe continued to act after gr