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Book Title: The Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader|
The author of the book: M.F.K. Fisher
ISBN 13: 9781582431048
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 850 KB
Date of issue: September 11th 2000
Read full description of the books The Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader:Full disclosure: I read to page 262 and gave up.
I picked up this book about reading several times about how MFK Fisher was the mother of food writing, brillant, etc. I figured the set up of this book: chapters and excerpts from her larger books, would be a good intorduction. Unfortunately, the format proved distracting, if anything, as there seemed to be no real order to the selections.
I had high hopes for Ms. Fisher and found myself dissapointed, less by the quality of her writing, which is a tad repetitive, and more by the character of Fisher herself, who is central to all of her writing. There is an upper-class quality to Ms. Fisher, who rides in first class and thinks that all waiters have a special fondness for her that grew increasingly destestable to me. I find it hard to stomach a woman writing about defeating the "wolf" of starvation, while, in her own words, drinking a second glass of wine.
Despite the medical issues of her children and husbands, Fisher seems to be able to live wherever she wants in whatever style she so chooses and instead of making me feel that anyone can appreciate the wonders of food, Fisher unintentionally leads this reader to feel that it is only for those of her quality.
Read information about the authorMary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a prolific and well-respected writer, writing more than 20 books during her lifetime and also publishing two volumes of journals and correspondence shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books deal primarily with food, considering it from many aspects: preparation, natural history, culture, and philosophy. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored the art of living as a secondary theme in her writing. Her style and pacing are noted elements of her short stories and essays.
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