The Light of the World

The Light of the World

Elizabeth Alexander / Aug 11, 2020
The Light of the World In The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich lucid prose Alexander
  • Title: The Light of the World
  • Author: Elizabeth Alexander
  • ISBN: 9781455599875
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband s death, and the solace found inIn The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband s death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss The Light of the World is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, The Light of the World is required reading.
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      • Elizabeth Alexander

        Elizabeth Alexander is a Quantrell Award winning American poet, essayist, playwright, university professor, and scholar of African American literature and culture She teaches English language literature, African American literature, and gender studies at Yale University Alexander was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard during the 2007 08 academic year.Alexander s poems, short stories, and critical writings have been widely published in such journals and periodicals as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Village Voice, The Women s Review of Books, and The Washington Post Her play Diva Studies, which was performed at Yale s School of Drama, garnered her a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship as well as an Illinois Arts Council award.On December 17th, 2008 it was announced that she will compose a poem which she shall recite at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2009.

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    1. This makes the 3rd book about marriage that I ve read in the past two weeks The difference is this is a NON FICTION story Elizabeth Alexander wrote a memoir about her marriage and the sudden death of her husband I can t think of any other love story memoir , that has moved me than this book NONE THIS IS A GORGEOUS LOVE STORY To me If there is such a thing as a flawless marriage and I don t think it s possible the marriage between Elizabeth Alexander and her husband Ficre pronounced FEE kray , G [...]


    2. I m grateful for the tug of the day that gets us out of bed and propels us into our lives and responsibilities memory can be a weight on that And yet, in it floods, brought willfully, or brought on by a glimpse, a glance, a scent, a sound Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the WorldThis was a sensitive and very touching look into Elizabeth Alexander s life, losing her beloved husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, very suddenly at a relatively young age Recently I read Roland Barthes beautiful Mourning Diar [...]


    3. Elizabeth Alexander met Ficre Ghebreyesus in New York City He of the shaved head, the amazing recipes he was a chef as well as an artist , they fell in love quickly and stayed in love and involved throughout their marriage It appears to have been a marriage of spirits, souls, bodies and minds Alexander, called Lizzie by her husband, was born and raised in the United States, a writer, a poet, a teacher Ficre was from Eritrea he was sent away by his family so he would not be fodder for a war and b [...]


    4. My nonfiction book of the year I read a lot of memoirs about illness and death, perhaps because I feel they get me closer to the heart of what matters in life Especially after my sister lost her husband earlier this year, I have been returning to bereavement memoirs as I think about books that might be therapeutic for her If you enjoyed Joan Didion s The Year of Magical Thinking, this is a great follow up It joins Heaven s Coast by Mark Doty, The Iceberg by Marion Coutts, and To Travel Hopefully [...]


    5. I m not a big personal memoir reader, generally I end up, thinking of them as pity memoirs but this book proves me wrong When Ficre, Elizabeth s husband dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, Elizabeth must find a way to come to terms with her heart ache and grief This is a beautiful testament to love, friendship, fatherhood, beginnings and endings, what a wonderful testament to a love that will never be forgotten even as her and her son s lives must go on ARC from publisher.


    6. This is a beautifully memoir, written by Elizabeth Alexander Alexander Lizzy is a poet and is the Thomas E Donnelley Professor of African American Studies, at Yale University.The memoir is a love story about Lizzy s time spent with her husband Ficre Ghebreyesus and the subsequent months after his death Ficre an immigrant from Eritrea was a painter and restaurant chef owner.The memoir provides an intimate view of their courtship and marriage We see their parents, family, friends, coworkers, etc T [...]


    7. It is said the way to deal with loss is to remember Alexander chooses the most gorgeous memories in her elegy for her husband Ficre, like a bowl of blowsy, fragrant roses or a rarely blooming South African bonsai covered in pink blossoms that exude a sweet perfume The unusual capacity of both artists to see beauty and possibility in the world gave them loving friends that each of them gathered about themselves and cherished for one another They lived a life of such richness and beauty that they [...]


    8. Have I been reading for 67 years just to get to this perfect book Can it be possible that a poet who professes no religion can write something so sacramental Will I hold this as close to my heart as a personal blessing And may I please give this a thousand thousand stars, as it has illuminated my spirit to such a degree


    9. It is easy to want in a love story only light and beauty, but what Elizabeth Alexander achieves with her memoir is a deep, graceful and concise reminder that with great love comes an inevitably great loss It is not all dark, nor is it easy or convenient, but even grief contains beauty And it is a natural response to loving someone tenderly to feel such darkness and pain when they have physically died The Light of the World is heartbreaking in a way that is also evocative intimate, raw and lovely [...]


    10. Elizabeth Alexander is the wonderful African American poet who read one of her poems at the Inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 Three years later, her beloved husband Ficre died suddenly from a heart attack This book is a recounting of their life together and how she and her two sons coped with the tragedy and loss This memoir is brief and very, very poetic It is heartfelt and very wise and was uplifting and achingly moving at various times In addition, the reader really gets to know the charac [...]




    11. This is a profoundly moving elegy to a remarkable man shared by his gifted, sensitive wife and esteemed poet Immediately after finishing this gem, I wrote my thoughts on a legal pad When I find that, I will complete my review In the meantime, I want to remember a few seminal passages His full name, Ficremariam Ghebreyesus, means lover of Mary and servant of Jesus The abbreviated Ficre , as he was called, means love p 8 But his relationship to language also said everything about his respect for o [...]


    12. I am sooo grateful to have seen Elizabeth Alexander interviewed on the Morning Joe program last week If I had not heard of this book I would have been robbed of a sublime gift Her book is a must read for anyone who has ever experienced a profound love And also a profound loss I admit that I did sob tears of grief at times But the story of her husband, and their sons, and their love was uplifting And the awareness of beauty in so many aspects of life is inspiring I think I am a great appreciator, [...]


    13. This memoir emotes love and joy for the years that Elizabeth was married It reflects her husband in every aspect of his own self identity and what roles he played She s like a prism that reflects him outward The reader knows him And amidst grief and longing for him still, and despite it her joy at being his wife and their times together predominate it all Loving and eloquent tribute as only a poetic core with a positive self identity and purpose can produce.


    14. She wrote that travellers should always commit the charming, hopeful, irrational act ofbuying a lottery ticket in new countries She called it buy ing a chance It will make you feel lucky, as ifanything could happen, even when you know you will not be there for the drawing I am a huge fan of memoirs, I love reading about people s personal experiences I usually read memoirs to see what the person had to go through and how they went through it Words fail to describe how beautiful and heartwarming A [...]


    15. Oh this was beautiful It will make you appreciate love And life And beauty Even though the topic is sad, it effuses joy The author is a poet, which is obvious in the gorgeous language.I wanted to be their friends Her husband was from a small war torn country in East Africa, so there were small echoes of the African American experience throughout Both were artists his paintings are on the cover Their community sounds like a sparkling, colorful family filled with food and art and poetry I loved a [...]


    16. Alexander s love for her husband was so deep and she expressed it so beautifully That said, at points I found the book uncomfortably intimate like I was reading someone s disconnected journal entries The book read like a series of missives and not like a unified narration This bothered me I was also put off by how perfect she and Ficre s lives were before his death It left me feeling like it wasn t truthful, like something was missing from the picture, but then feeling awful and guilt ridden for [...]


    17. This memoir reminded me of Joan Didion s A Year of Magical Thinking A sudden loss felt so powerfully I haven t read Magical Thinking in a while and want to re read but appreciated how Alexander described so poetically the companionship felt between husband and wife What a gift for her sons to read such loving words And instructive for all on the practice of living each day with gratitude and presence.


    18. Transportive and exquisite, as is often the case when great poets express themselves through prose I picked up this book thinking it was a tragic love story, but it was just a beautiful one This book made me cry and want to write Alexander brought her husband back to life, as I imagine she does every day This is not a requiem it is an ode of a beloved and high order.


    19. It is not often that I read a book as beautiful and powerful as The Light of the World Written by the poet Elizabeth Alexander, it is an homage to her beloved husband Ficre who died suddenly at the age of 50 Theirs was a strong love, recognized at first sight and forged through a shared love of art, food, language, and family.Ficre is an Eritrean who has lived a life of suffering and change, his resilience the shining light that has seen him through wartime and his plight as a refugee He travels [...]


    20. Elizabeth Alexander s The light of the world is by far, one of the most engaging and fetching books I have ever read, also heavy loaded with a diversity of powerful emotions, and at the same time a meaningful, truthful and honest memoir The light of the world deals with loss, how to cope with, and the pain it involves Elizabeth Alexander s narration is anoint and dropping, even saturated and also I will say clothed with a pregnancy which will give light to the beautiful scent of poetic and even [...]


    21. A beautiful, full hearted memoir about love and loss and art and lots of other things that matter by one of my favorite poets Elizabeth Alexander, an accomplished poet who composed and delivered the inaugural poem for President Obama s 2009 inauguration, tells a profound story of love and loss, death and rebirth, in this amazing, small book Her husband, an Eritrean immigrant scholar chef painter multilinguist of a multitude of talents and facets died suddenly, leaving Alexander and their small f [...]


    22. This may be the most beautiful book I ve ever read I didn t read it, quite, I listened on audio Imagine what you d get if you crossed two artistic people later in life Ficre, an Eritrean chef and artist who d survived civil war in Africa, and Elizabeth, an acclaimed poet and Yale professor Now mix in all the colors, trips, flavors, wildlife, stories, friendships, they experienced when their two paths crossed later in life Imagine it erudite, imagine it simple Imagine quotidian life Imagine aethe [...]


    23. The book was good, nicely written but I didn t connect with it emotionally For me it s a memoir with all good memories having a perfect life everything was going in a flow But it shouldn t be after the death of Ficre her husband that s what I thought I should wept at the death of her husband the man of her life, most perfect and ideal person but I didn t drop a single tear It s not about my tears but those pages were written so calmly with very few sentiments Might be her life was actually like [...]


    24. The Light of the World is a poet s experience of her husband s unexpected death While this book is full of grief, I found it to be than anything a profound, raw celebration of life It is an ode to a man, but Alexander also speaks to everything that is beautiful in each of our lives the taste of coffee, the presence of flowers in our homes, what we make with our hands This is a devastating, life changing memoir And I don t really even like memoirs.


    25. Every once in a great while I read a book that realigns my life this is one of those books Alexander s prose and insights are deep and hopeful A true love story She reads the audio probably my favorite audible ever.


    26. When we first met, we told each other about every single lover, every crush, every assignation, every heartbreak When I told him about the one I loved most before him, who came after disastrous heartbreak, he says, Bless him for loving you when you needed it, for healing you, and for preparing you for me Then we could begin something new The Light of the World is Elizabeth Alexander s beautifully written, but heart wrenching memoir about the life and love of her husband Many books talk about see [...]


    27. The Light of the World by poet Elizabeth Alexander was labeled under the genre of grief memoir by the New York Times, but this book was not a pity party Alexander, who I met over ten years ago at Marcus Book Store at book signing for her book of essays, Black Interior, who lost her husband to a heart attack four days after his 50th birthday has written a volume that is part love story, surreal memories, and a poetic, lyrical accounting of a life touched by fate, elements of magic, and a life of [...]


    28. 3.5 starsA beautiful expression of love, family, loss and grief This series of essays is written in poetic prose and highlights their life together from their first meeting to her husband s untimely sudden death at age 50 Writing this book was no doubt healing and cathartic for the author and both she and her late husband seem like lovely, interesting people.


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