In Other WordsBook - 2016
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A lyrical reflection on her life, travels, and the process of learning a third language (Italian) well enough to write in that language.
This book is beautifully written and made me think about identity in a way I never had before. Betsy/Main Library
Betsy from Main says: "It's a beautiful study on identity, place, and belonging. The writing was very soothing, for some reason, as well, and I wanted to start over and read it again right away, but it was on hold!"
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"Because of my divided identity, or perhaps by disposition, I consider myself an incomplete person, in some way deficient. Maybe there is a linguistic reason--the lack of a language to identify with. As a girl in America, I tried to speak Bengali perfectly, without a foreign accent, to satisfy my parents, and above all to feel that I was completely their daughter. But it was impossible. On the other hand, I wanted to be considered an American, yet, despite the fact that I speak English perfectly, that was impossible, too. I was suspended rather than rooted. I had two sides, neither well defined. The anxiety I felt, and still feel, comes from a sense of inadequacy, of being a disappointment."
When you live in a county where your own language is considered foreign, you can feel a continuous sense of estrangement. You speak a secret, unknown language, lacking any correspondence to the environment. An absence that creates a distance within you.
- p. 19, In Other Words
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