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Shvoong Home>Books>A Story for my Friend Review

A Story for my Friend

Book Review   by:kasioolka     Original Author: Halina Poswiatowska
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This abstract was translated from Opowieść dla przyjaciela
 
'A Story for my Friend' by Halina Poswiatowska is an autobiographical novel of the Polish poet-woman. With her extraordinary charm and sensitivity the poet tells us about her life - about her childhood, beginning of her illness, and about her struggle for live in adolescence and in adulthood. Her reason for writing is to make a reader able to understand her poetry, and she succeeds undoubtedly in her attempt. She fights against her heart disease from her earliest days, but that tragedy makes her hungry for allure oflife. She desiresto make the most of her time, and that's why she agrees for anotherstay in some sanatoriums and hospitals, for another operations. That's why she marries the first man who fell in love with her and whom love is reciprocated. She needs love, she needs frienship. Halina becomes one of the widely-read poets generally thanks to herloving mother, whodidher best topublish her doughter's poetry. Her writing is filled with tenderness and it deals with the most important common truths like love which the author puts in the first place. She suffered painfully her husband's death, but she still remembers to be glad with every single day. Her biography is dedicated to her best friend who was probably the most important person next to her mother inpoet's life.
Halina's friend was always by her side, he unerstood her and was able to support her spiritually every time she was close to give up. Heart disease described in the book doesn't impose to the main heroine. The woman doesn't let it to rule her life. Halina acts according to her intuition ignoring doctors' warnings. In defiance of them she runs, jumps, falls in love and suffers for love.Her poems are theonly mirrow of her soul. They show her doubts, fears, loneliness and deathscare. The book is an affirmation of life, a guide for people who experienced bad fate. It's a kind of instruction how we can live when everything seems to be against us. The writer treats life as a wonderful gift which we should be happy of. At the end of the poem, the woman goes again over the ocean in order toimprove her health. Halina died being 30-something-year-old woman. She suffered a lot of bitterness in her short life. However in spite of everything, she used the given her time as well as it was possible.
Published: January 17, 2007   
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