Review: Biography of Desire


◆ Biography of Desire by Adria Guinart
◆ Read September 2012
◆ English Edition
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❝ Biography of Desire explains the history of a wounded person, where pain comes from, how it manifests, how it translates to anguish. It is a trip from childhood to maturity, a journey through an ocean sometimes unruly, sometimes calm, with heaps of storms, generally inner ones. The experience of this inner journey through different states of being starts with a rape, a childhood sexual abuse which marks the tides and the waves erasing happy memories.
The poetic-I is a broken voice, sometimes on the verge of existentialism, some others speaking from depression and mental disorder; almost always from the strangeness of a world which is too beautiful and sinister at the same time, which he is unable to understand. Biography of Desire is an attempt to understand such duality.
I recieved this book as a giveaway a long, long time ago. In all honesty, I had forgotten about it's existence until recently when I was cleaning my room. I rarely read poetry, and I never review it, but I wanted to make an exception because the writer took the liberty to send it to me and because he was extremely kind. That's why I've tried my best to write a decent review, despite my inexperience with reviewing poetry.


What I admired about this bundle and Adria Guinart is the purpose for which he wrote it. Sexual abuse is something so horrible and completely unhuman that I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that people are capable of hurting others like that. The poems gave a good insight on what a victim of sexual abuse feels and thinks. Furthermore, the poems contained great imagery that gave the words extra dimension and meaning.
One thing that I did not like was the layout of the book. Some pages were only half filled and the huge amount of white troubled me, which could be improved.

33 % of the sales of the book will be donated to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, which I think is a very worthy cause. So if you come across the book somewhere, by all means do buy it. Not only will you hopefully enjoy reading it, by purchasing it you help others out aswell!

3 stars because:
✓ Great insight of its topics
✓ Good use of imagery
✗ Layout
 

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