5 Criticisms/Book review
1. “Ms. Fadiman tells her story with a novelist’s grace, playing the role of cultural broker comprehending those who do not comprehend each other and perceiving what might have been done or said to make the outcome different” (Bernstein). 2. “This fine book recounts a poignant tragedy...It has no heroes or villains, but it has an abundance of innocent suffering, and is most certainly does have a moral...[A] sad, excellent book” (Konner). 3. “An intriguing, spirit-lifting extraordinary exploration of two cultures in uneasy coexistence... A wonderful aspect of Fadiman’s book is her evenhanded, detailed presentation of these disparate cultures and divergent views-not with cool, dispassionate fairness but rather with a warm, involved interest that seems and embraces both sides of the issue...Superb, informal cultural anthropology-eye-opening, readable, utterly engaging” (Horn). 4. “Anne Fadiman’s phenomenal first book, The Spirit Catches You and You fall Down, brings to life the enduring power of parental love in an impoverished refugee family struggling to protect their seriously ill infant daughter and ancient spiritual traditions from the tyranny of welfare bureaucrats and in tolerant medical technocrats” (Santoli). 10 Secondary Sources
1. “Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight” (Armstrong). 2. “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are” (Robbins). 3. “We’ve taken on the major health problems of the poorest – tuberculosis, maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria – in four countries. We’ve scored some victories in the sense that we’ve cured of treated thousands an changed the discoveries about what is possible” (Farmer). 4. “A small body of determined spirits fired by...
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