✶ An Audience of Chairs Author Joan Clark – Pccare247.us

An Audience of Chairs Like Beauty, Madness Altered Perception, But Instead Of Offering Illusion, It Offered Delusion Moranna Leaned The Tricks Madness Played On Perception The Hard Way As Experience Showed Her How Persuasively Madness Distorted Reality Experience Also Showed Her That If She Hung On Long Enough, The Panic Would Subside And The Delusions Would Pass There Were Many Dawns On The Ferry When The Sight Of The Ugly Smoke Stacks Reassured Her They Were Proof That Once Again She Had Won The Showdown With The Voice And Had Delivered Herself To The Dawn, Wholly Alive P 286 Joan Clark S An Audience Of Chairs Opens With Moranna MacKenzie Living Alone In Her Ancestral Cape Breton Farmhouse, Waging A War With The Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder And Grieving The Loss Of Her Two Daughters, Taken From Her Over Thirty Years Previously There Are Few People Remaining In Her Life, As Moranna Cannot Help But Tax The Patience Of Nearly Everyone She Encounters Her Long Suffering Brother Murdoch Has Her Best Interests At Heart, Though He Is Fatigued By Her Enormous Needs And Pressured By His Ambitious Wife To Invest Less Time In Her Pastor Andy Politely Sloughs Off The Peculiarly Intelligent Yet Unpalatable Sermons Moranna Pens For Him Her Neighbour Lottie Knows What It Is To Be An Eccentric And Can Be Counted On To Come Through In A Pinch The Local RCMP Constabulary Smooths Over Her Legal Scrapes And Her Lover Bun, Who Lives With Her When Not Working On The Ferries Between Cape Breton And Newfoundland, Knows How To Give Her A Wide Berth On Her Foul Weather Days Thanks To The Assistance Of These Sometimes Reluctant Guardian Angels, As Well As To The Carefully Planned Inheritance Left By Her Father Not To Mention Her Own Sheer Ingenuity , Moranna Has Managed To Get By All These Years Despite Small Town Gossips And Tormenting Youths.Through A Series Of Flashbacks, We Learn About The Devastating Effects Of Moranna S Mental Illness On Her Life And That Of Her Family But An Audience Of Chairs Also Gives Us A Glimpse Into The Mind Of A True Iconoclast And Wild Spirit, Who Has Managed Despite Overwhelming Odds To Keep Hope Alive.In Her Early Years, Moranna S Accomplishments And Beauty, Along With The Protection Of A Father Who Saw Glimmers Of His Suicidal Wife In His Beloved Daughter, Allow Her To Struggle Through Childhood And Adolescence In Sydney Mines Relatively Unscathed She Is A Gifted Pianist, A Magazine Covergirl, And A Promising Actress When She Makes A Brilliant Marriage To An Up And Coming Young Journalist, Duncan But She Soon Finds Herself Unmoored By Motherhood, And The Oddities That The People In Her Life Have Always Chosen To Overlook Become Difficult To Disguise With Drama And Wit When Maternal Expectations Are Placed Upon Her Her Staged Life Comes Crashing Down Around Her Ears When She Is Left Alone With Her Daughters And In A Manic Artistic Phase Risks Their Lives Terribly Her Family Can No Longer Explain Away Her Eccentricities, Her Husband Forsakes Her, And She Is Institutionalized, Her Children Taken From Her Forever.No Longer Playing The Roles Of Perfect Daughter, Wife And Mother, The Devastated Moranna Falteringly Gropes For Purpose In Her Life She Returns To The Inherited Baddeck Farmhouse And, Inspired By A Vision She Has Of Her Great Aunt Hettie, Whose Stories Of Their Scottish Ancestors Once Filled The Youthful Moranna S Imagination With Stories Of Valour, Earns A Small Income As A Woodcarver She Carves For Tourist Sales The Courageous And Larger Than Life People Of Her Clan, To Whose Histories She Clings In Order To Reinforce Her Belief In Her Pedigree As A Lionheart, So Much Comforting Than The Spectre Of Madness Lurking In Her Maternal Lineage.She Enthralls The Audiences In Her Mind In Reality An Audience Of Chairs With Daily Virtuoso Performances On The Piano Board, A Silent Keyboard Upon Which She Does Battle With Her Demons Through The Music Of Chopin And Rachmaninov.Through These And Other Ingenious And Often Hilarious Strategies, Moranna Has Over The Years Constructed A Life Of Delicate Balance, All Of Which Is Jeopardized One Day By A Glimpse Of Television Visiting Town With Bun, She Is Astonished To See Her Now Grown Daughter Bonnie Being Interviewed For A Local Station About A Climatalogical Lecture She Is To Give, To Be Soon Followed By Her Wedding In Halifax Moranna Knows She Must Make What Will Certainly Be A Surprise Appearance At The Wedding But This Means A High Stakes Gamble With Everything She Has Her Pride, Her Precarious Mental Health, Her Hope For A Measure Of Grace In The World Of An Audience Of Chairs, Quill And Quire Said Elegantly Written And Deeply Grounded In Place, This Moving, Compassionate Novel Is Far Than A Story Of Mental Illness Moranna S Quest Is For Peace, Joy, And Connection The Same Yearnings That Drive Us All.

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • An Audience of Chairs
  • Joan Clark
  • English
  • 07 April 2017
  • 0676976557

    10 thoughts on “ ✶ An Audience of Chairs Author Joan Clark – Pccare247.us


  1. says:

    A beautiful read, even though Moranna is an outrageously frustrating character I suppose that s the whole point.


  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I had selected An Audience of Chairs from the bargain section, as filler to reach the free shipping mark, during one of my many online book buying sprees last year, and accordingly did not expect much from it It sat patiently waiting and collecting dust on my bookshelf, in hopes that I would one day give it the attention that it so rightfully deserved In an effort to finally make a dent in the copious amount of unread books that are taking up the diminishing space on my oversized shelves, I fi I had selected An Audience of Chairs from the bargain section, as filler to reach the free shipping mark, during one of my many online book buying sprees last year, and accordingly did not expect much from it It sat patiently waiting and col...


  3. says:

    I loved this book and just about everything about it It captivated me and I wanted very much to find out the protagonist, Moranna s destination and how she got there The beginning and ending were perfect Picture a woman showing her at two stages of her very complex life She epitomized eccentric and I really did like Moranna despite all her flaws In fact, this book for me was a real look into the life of a mentally ill person a front row seat if you will in the audience of chairs I loved this book and just about everything about it It captivated me and I wanted very much to find out the protagonist, Moranna s destination and how she got there The beginning and ending were perfect Picture a woman showing her at two stages of her very complex life She epitomized eccentric and I really did like Moranna despite all her flaws In fact, this book for me was a real look into the life of a mentally ill person a front row seat if you will in the audience of chairs as to what makes them tick and why they act or do the things they do With mental illness awareness fast becoming a subject that used to be taboo, it painted a picture of life for not only the mentally ill person but their families and friends how they reacted, dealt with h...


  4. says:

    Moranna Mad Mory MacKenzie a middle aged woman of freewheeling aplomb who lives alone in a deteriorating farmhouse outside a small village on Cape Breton Island reveals her nature and the situation in which she finds herself by small increments in An Audience of ChairsShe has nothing but contempt for those who try to categorize what they think she is, and lecturing her audience of chairs, she ll say, It s ridiculous for the so called experts to think they can label me as bipolar o Moranna Mad Mory MacKenzie a middle aged woman of freewheeling aplomb who lives alone in a deteriorating farmhouse outside a small village on Cape Breton Island reveals her nature and the situation in which she finds herself by small increments in An Audience of ChairsShe has nothing but contempt for those who try to categorize what they think she is, and lecturing her audience of chairs, she ll say, It s ridiculous for the so called experts to think they can label me as bipolar or manic depressive she knows the terms As if the essence of who I am can be labelled or stuck into a file or a book By now she may well be shouting The uniqueness of the self cannot be pigeonholed The self is always changing, always in transit and it s preposterous to think it can be nailed down by definition Only small minds would think so She also rejects the idea that her emotional weather might have been passed on to her by her mother, because to admit it opens the possibility that she might have passed the same ...


  5. says:

    Inspired by the release of the film adaptation, I finally picked up this book that had been sitting on my shelf for far too long An Audience of Chairs is the personal and touching story of a woman living with mental illness.


  6. says:

    Moranna is a manic depressive living in Nova Scotia Her two young daughters bonnie and Brianna were taken away from her in their early childhood because Moranna s mind kept escaping The book tells of how she fell ill and then struggled over many years to oversome that, and eventually re runite with her long lost duaghters as they approach middle age.Clark s style is deceptively simple She simultaneously brings us into Moranna s mind, w...


  7. says:

    I really liked this book It was completely absorbing It was a very interesting take on mental illness I liked the authors writing style and thoughts he did a great job of character development I found myself so personally invested in Moranna s mental stability and her desire and longing to see her daughters that I literally had knots in my stomach for her when she went to her daughters wedding uninvited I think that is the mark of a great author when you physically feel the emotions she is I really liked this book It was completely absorbing It was a very interesting take on mental illness I liked the authors writing style and thoughts he did a great job of character development I found myself so personally invested in Moranna s mental stability and her desire and longing to see her daughters that I literally had knots in my stomach for her when she went to her daughters wedding uninvited I think that is the mark of a great author when you physically feel the...


  8. says:

    This book, set in Nova Scotia, tells the story of Moranna MacKenzie, a manic depressive Moranna s life has had its ups and downs a failed marriage, the loss of two children and numerous complications from her mental illness All in all, I found this book to be very powerful and riveting It s...


  9. says:

    I read this book for the second time as it was the book my Book Club had chosen I read it for the first time in 2011 Moranna is an interesting, eccentric character This book explores her journey with mental illness but also her strength and resilience I have worked in mental health for 33 years and the descriptions of her psychosis and mania are amazing and profound even though it is a work of fiction It was sad to see how ill she was and also that those around her did not realize it I enj I read this book for the second time as it was the book my Book Club had chosen I read it for the first time in 2011 Moranna is an interesting, eccentric character This book explores her journey with mental illness but also her strength and resilience I have worked in mental health for 33 years and the descriptions of her psychosis and mania are amazing and pr...


  10. says:

    A very engaging read I found myself thinking about this book in between reading times Moran s is a fascinating protagonist.

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