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characters History Lessons 107 Ò [Epub] ➤ History Lessons ➥ Clifton Crais – Indeed it is memory—both elusive and essential—that forms the center of Crais’s beautifully rendered memoir History Lessons In an effort to restore his own Crais brings the tools of his formal t Indeed it is memory—both elusive and esShapes the developing brain to the mechanisms that cause the chronic childhood amnesia the most common and least understood form of amnesia from which he suffersPart memoir part narrative science and part historical detective story History Lessons is a provocative exuisitely crafted investigation into what it means to be huma. Almost directly after my last update the book picked up again an intriguing mix of familial tragedy and personal experience with clinicians As a whole this memoir is an attempt to sort out a life rife with sorrow abuse and neglect from early childhood It is the account of a hard life that isn't remembered It begins with Crais's expertise in researching history and bringing these buried things to light But it becomes muddled in the middle with random bits of information that mire the narrative down At times the prose is beautiful and languid but often it waxes poetic too often and too repetitively At the end it picks up again with a distinct direction That has me thinking that the middle parts may have been there to increase word count I was interested in this book because I have personal experiences with not being able to remember my childhood and although it is indeed about memory or lack thereof the moments about neurology and psychology and really all of the scientific parts are glazed over or are lacking sources for claims and assertions of facts I think this narrative could have benefited from added hard science to counter the dreamlike uality of the prose It is a heartfelt book that I hope has helped Crais come to terms and process his family's lives and tragedies

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Indeed it is memory both elusive and essential that forms the center of Crais’s beautifully rendered memoir History Lessons In an effort to restore his own Crais brings the tools of his formal training as a historian to bear on himself and his family He interviews his sisters and his mother revisits childhood homes and pore. I thoroughly enjoyed reading History Lessons As I'm getting older I seem to find myself reading books of historical accuracy and those of which are nonfictional I enjoyed the book so very much because I felt that I could gather a profound understanding of the author and empathize with his personal history The books is very well written with a lot of detail about not only his emotions himself but also his ancestral challenges within his family My favorite attribute of the book is that he was able to place factual information about brain cognition and functioning in correlation to brain development I loved these specific parts It seems he has done extremely well in his adult life given the negative attributes of his childhood

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History LessonsS over documentary evidence plane tickets postmarks court and medical records crumbling photo albums Probing family lore pushing past silences and exhuming long buried family secrets he arrives ultimately at the deepest reaches of the brain Crais examines the science of memory and forgetting from the ways in which experience. I totally discovered this book by accident whilst actually searching for a similar title and now I'm so glad I stumbled upon it History Lessons A Memoir of Madness Memory and the Brain is a great mix of a tragic upbringing redemption psychology and history; all beautifully told If you enjoyed reading The Glass Castle or the historical fiction of Geraldine Brooks then this book is right up your alleyMemorable uotesThe past will begin revealing itself as if a soft sea breeze was gently sweeping the sands from a monumental ruin that’s been hidden right beneath my feetHistory like memory is time travel We bump into others and into our selves and yet they are never uite our selves never uite the otherPresence and absence memory and forgetting remain inextricably intertwined often in struggle as in my mother's forgetfulness pitted against my attempts to rememberWe historians spend our professional lives in its viscera and also in the silence passed from one generation to the next like a hungry wound that is there and then goneThe past is a mess a bloody terrible mess of infinite horrorFor the soldier with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD the war never endsDepression does much the same thing shrinking the hippocampi and altering the ways we remember describe and interact with the world At its insidious worst depression destroys the self leaving one with the sense of simultaneously being devoured and disavowed by one’s pastMemory erodes; forgetting is an important even vital part of lifePTSD and Alzheimer’s occupy the twin poles in our national conversation on trauma and memory Either we can’t forget or we can’t rememberMemory is less a photograph of something gone than a story created and endlessly renewed revised or forgottenI discovered not simply that the world was a very big place and that one can be saved by education but that possibility lay somewhere in the distance just out of reachOne can exist in an alien world where the self remains tied to a past over which one has little or no say in my case weaving my mother’s despair into my inner being Or one can begin the awful lonely work of claiming a futureWhat’s there in the human record is often as important as what is already gone the thing for which we stand ever longingWe continue living in the tellingForgetfulness entails casting memory into oblivion No wonder amnesia shares a root with the word “amnesty” the forgetting of sins the letting go of too much painful history