The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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  • Paperback
  • 341 pages
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  • Anne Fadiman
  • English
  • 20 December 2019
  • 0374525641

About the Author: Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman, the daughter of Annalee Whit Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in 1953 She graduated in 1975 from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor at Larg Anne Fadiman, the daughter of Annalee Whit Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in 1953 She graduated in 1975 from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor at Large at Civilization She has won National Magazine Awards for both Reporting 1987 and Essays 2003 , as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Ex Libris Confessions of a Common Reader, a collection of first person essays on books and reading, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1998 Fadiman was the editor of the intellectual and cultural quarterly The American Scholar from 1997 to 2004 She now holds the Francis chair in nonfiction writing at Yale Fadiman lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, the writer George Howe Colt, and their two children.http us.macmillan.com author annefa


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Lia Lee Was Born In 1981 To A Family Of Recent Hmong Immigrants, And Soon Developed Symptoms Of Epilepsy By 1988 She Was Living At Home But Was Brain Dead After A Tragic Cycle Of Misunderstanding, Over Medication, And Culture Clash What The Doctors Viewed As Clinical Efficiency The Hmong Viewed As Frosty Arrogance The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Is A Tragedy Of Shakespearean Dimensions, Written With The Deepest Of Human Feeling Sherwin Nuland Said Of The Account, There Are No Villains In Fadiman S Tale, Just As There Are No Heroes People Are Presented As She Saw Them, In Their Humility And Their Frailty And Their Nobility.

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10 thoughts on “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

  1. Matt says:

    If nothing else can be said about this book, it should be said that it will cause a reaction Most books are a monologue The author is telling you something and you listen Anne Fadiman s book is so engaging, and touches on so many sensitive subjects, that it slike a dialogue between author and reader And I use the word dialogue literally During the course of this book, I found myself audibly voicing my opinions at the page like a crazy person My wife would ask me what I was saying, an If nothing else can be said about this book, it should be said that it will cause a reaction Most books are a monologue The author is telling you something and you listen Anne Fadiman s book is so engaging, and touches on so many sensitive subjects, that it slike a dialogue between author and reader And I use the word dialogue literally During the course of this book, I found myself audibly voicing my opinions at the page like a crazy person My wife would ask me what I was saying, and I d tell her I m not talking to you I m talking to the book Sometimes I agreed with Fadiman Sometimes I didn t In any event, I was locked in, absorbed The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a sad, beautiful, complicated story that is ostensibly about a tragedy that arose...

  2. Lisa Vegan says:

    I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect for them, and would side with the American side, even though I have my issues with the western medical establishment as well Not that I didn t feel angry and amused at times with both sides, but I also ended up empathizing with the people in both sides of this culture clash, which is a testament to Anne Fadiman s account of the events My culture I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect for them, and would side with the American side, even though I have my issues with the western medical establishment as well Not that I didn t feel angry and amused at times with both sides, but I also ended up empathizing with the people in both sides of this culture clash, which is a testament to Anne Fadiman s account of the event...

  3. Inder says:

    This is the heartbreaking story of Lia, a Hmong girl with epilepsy in Merced It is intended to be an ethnography, describing two different cultural approaches to Lia s sickness her Hmong parents and her American doctors.Don t read any further unless you don t mind knowing the basic story told in this book there are no spoilers, since this is not a book with a surprise ending, but if you want to keep a completely open mind, stop now I have wavered between four and five stars for this on This is the heartbreaking story of Lia, a Hmong girl with epilepsy in Merced It is intended to be an ethnography, describing two different cultural approaches to Lia s sickness her Hmong parents and her American doctors.Don t read any further unless you don t mind knowing the basic story told in this book there are no spoilers, since this is not a book with a surprise ending, but if you want to keep a completely open mind, stop now I have wavered between four and five stars for this one The book is so beautifully and compassionately written you feel for absolutely everyone in the story Like Lia s doctors, you can t help but feel frustrated with Lia s noncompliant, difficult, and stubborn parents At the same time, given their history, you can fully appreciate her parents dislike of hospital procedures and distrust of distant, superior American doctors There are no heroes or villains here Th...

  4. Teresa says:

    A book like this one should be required reading for anyone who lives in a community of multicultural members, and nowadays that s probably just about everyone Sadly, and not surprisingly, those who would probably most benefit from a book like this would probably be the ones least likely to read it.It s an eye opener on cross cultural issues, especially those in the medical field, but also in the religious, as the Hmong don t distinguish between the two In understandable and compelling language A book like this one should be required reading for anyone who lives in a community of multicultural members, and nowada...

  5. Eric says:

    This is one of the best books I ve read I guess it would be considered part of the medical anthropology genre, but it s so compelling that it sheds that very dry, nerdly sounding label This was recommended to me in a cultural literacy course and it certainly delivered The story is of the treatment of the epileptic child of a Hmong immigrant family in the American health system The issue is the clash of cultures and the confusing and heartbreaking results And the takeaway lesson is in how to This is one of the best books I ve read I guess it would be considered part of the medical anthropology genre, but it s so compelling that it sheds that very ...

  6. Hamad says:

    The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down may read like a documentary thanks to Fadiman s journalistic background , but it is really an introspection on the western system of medicine and science We cannot ourselves metaphorically stand back and try to look at the system from the outside However, comparing it to another supposedly antithetical system through the experiences of the Hmong refugees can be used as a tool to do just that The Hmong s presumed non separation of any of the dimensio The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down may read like a documentary thanks to Fadiman s journalistic background , but...

  7. Mmars says:

    There are so many valuable aspects to this book it s hard to decide what to mention Having just learned that Lia, the subject of the book, passed away within the last week I d like to express sheer admiration to her family, and especially her parents, for loving and caring for her for so many years Along with a large influx of Hmong, Lia lived in Merced, CA when she experienced her first seizures The Hmong and their language and their culture were yet virtually unknown and entirely misunderst There are so many valuable aspects to this book it s hard to decide what to ment...

  8. Heather says:

    Anne Fadiman addresses a number of difficult topics in her depiction of a Hmong couple s quest to restore the soul to their child While I consider myself a culturally sensitive individual, having been raised in a family of doctors and nurses, I have long held the conviction that the world s best doctors whether imported or native tread on American soil Reading Fadiman s account which sometimes includes actual excerpts from the patient s charts , I...

  9. Beverly says:

    In Hmong culture they revere their children so much, it is wonderful This little girl was her parent s favorite and they believed her epilepsy was a special gift that made herin tune with the spirit world Many of the spirit healer...

  10. Robbin says:

    i read this book for a class i am taking called human behavior and the social environment it tells the story of a Hmong family in california with a little girl who has epilepsy their experience as refugees who are illiterate and unable to speak english, traversing the american medical system ends up tragic however, the author is really good at giving voice to both sides, the western doctors impatient, overworked, stubborn, judgmental, dedicated and the Hmong family impatient, overworked, i read this book for a class i am taking called human behavior and the social environment it tells the story of a Hmong family in california with a little girl who has epilepsy their experience as refugees who are illiterate and unable to speak english, traversing the american medical system ends up tragic however, the author is really good at giving voice to both sides, the western doctors impatient, overworked, stubborn, judgmental, dedicated and the Hmong family impatient, overworked, stubborn, judgmental, loving at their w...