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This title takes us on three journeys: through the life of the infamous Lord Byron, through the life of 40-something-year-old Julietta before she commenced her trip - a life tainted by a troubled upbringing and an unhealthy love for alcohol. We also follow Julietta's journey through Italy and Greece to find out what life really is about....

Title : Me, Myself And Lord Byron
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ISBN : 9781741966459
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Me, Myself And Lord Byron Reviews

  • S'hi
    2019-04-24 01:08

    Something about the way people now use the word “authentic” makes my skin prickle. Here is one of those books people will apply that word to and you have to wonder what they have been through in their own lives to consider it applicable. Mostly I feel it is their own caution about their own truth that allows them to throw the term toward others they consider courageous for moving beyond such caution.Juliette Jameson does take on a courageous journey. There is no doubt that she has faced up to some rigorous self-appraisal through the journey she allowed herself in researching, writing and publishing this book. All power to her for that.That a similar process may be helpful and available for others I have no doubt about. That this is the formula for it – that I have to question with every fibre of my being.Like Julietta I grew up in a large family, the middle of seven children. Like her I had a connection with Lord Byron through his writing as a child. Like her I had many layers of expectation placed upon me by many people at various stages of my development, and I was self-abusive in trying to come to terms with them.Where I differ from Julietta is in presuming to know the journey of another through the writing they left behind. Julietta does this very cleverly, referring to yet another writer’s biography of “the other” in whose footsteps she feigns to follow. But to undertake this journey is already to enter a land of myth and legend, and to bring with her the stories she has been telling herself is the cargo she expects to shed.Something doesn’t fit for me in this portrayal, this betrayal. In effect what Julietta is doing is transferring her own personal relationships and firsthand knowledge as a kind of trade for immortality by association with a distant interpretation that is more generally and socially acceptable as a rite of current financial passage. It is the way all “the authentic people” are now doing it.Choose a dead person (or two) who can’t speak for themselves any more. Preferably one of these people will have a public record open to multiple interpretations. Choose someone who is aligned with one of those interpretations that may be prepared to subsidize your journey for their own partnership benefit in the outcome. Make it seem personal and revealing in a generalized way. Claim such generalisations as signs of the times, challenges of the generation. Throw in a couple of negators to play both sides of the brain – unedited, born-again virgin – and claim innocent knowledge. Then shape the whole venture as a historical exploration between modern bookmarks.There is a formula here. There is a science that says it is repeatable. And there are laboratory conditions that remove or minimize interference.Then there is the reality of other peoples’ lives that are not recorded, most certainly not from their own inner experiences. There is the selection of elements to shape these awkward vines of potential distraction, the pruning and encapsulation in stereotypes. There is the speed and technology that belies any ability to repeat, and the presumption that a shared detail has anywhere near the same significance for disparate characters.Don’t get me wrong, I think the book is a great achievement, and the journey undertaken to be able to write it even more of one. All I want to point out is the self-deception that continues by claiming what is someone else’s as if it is our own. And the concomitant shedding of responsibility to listen to their version beside our own rather than continue to negate what we don’t like about our own journey as if that too is theirs to deal with.I am glad I persisted with reading when I felt an aversion with the methodology early on. I used the guidance of that other great writer and artist, Wolfgang Von Goethe, to also let the self-satisfaction at the end of the book to subside into an after image before considering what my true reaction to it was. As he indicated with colour theory, I found this return to the opposite shade after finishing the book to be more revealing than the simple memory of that early discomfort. It gave depth of field and meaning in a photographic sense, moving it beyond the words written.I very much appreciate the personal effort that has gone into this book. I appreciate Julietta Jameson’s candid telling of her own thought processes and emotional healing. I still wonder that we have to find some external star upon which to hang our own clothes as we strip ourselves naked for a time that is really just a changing of costumes. I think Byron himself would be dealing with things quite differently after his experience in Greece, and that is partly why he died there.The limit of our intimacy is the forms in which we let it rest.

  • Jennifer Osborne
    2019-04-23 00:59

    I met Julietta at a book launch. The book was everything I expected it to be. Warm, insightful and vibrant and honest..Just like her.

  • Steve lovell
    2019-05-17 02:02

    I did finish this book, but I am afraid not for the ‘right’ reasons. In a store full of remainders, the title intrigued, and I noted that it was a recent 2011 publication. I hope as a cathartic experience for the author it did the trick and that the ‘layers’ she shed chasing Byron around Europe remain divested so that her full ‘magnificence’ is still in place. For me it was not a good pick up, even at a reduced price.To her credit Jameson is brutally honest with her readers in places, but the constant comparisons of her life story with Byron’s did not gel. A harsher critic could make certain other comparisons that maybe would.A mixture of recovering alcoholic, born again Christian and devout devotee of the ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ poet is a volatile mix, particularly with the constantly harped on difficult childhood thrown in. Conceived, if the author is to be believed, on a whim in order to find her ‘realness’, this effort very much comes across as a vanity project. Jameson certainly has a Byronic command of language, but generally her pronouncements are floridly overblown and often, to this reader, startling in their awfulness. Compared with other similarly themed recent readings – Dessaix’ sublime search for Turgenev in ‘Twilight of Love’ or Kate Holden’s revealing romp, as with Jameson (though the latter is far less saucy), around Italy in ‘The Romantics’, this tome lags to say the least.In this day and age it is not an easy task getting published, and fair dues to Jameson for succeeding. Undoubtedly the good people at Pier 9 must have seen much of worth in Jameson’s manuscript perhaps thinking it may appeal to the fans of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. It left me shaking my head throughout.

  • Tara
    2019-05-22 01:01

    I read this in a week, which is very unusual for me. I liked the writing style, which was simple without being too raw. I enjoyed the interwoven stories of the author and Lord Byron, but it seemed a little cliche at times. However upon reflection, I think it is something that quite accurately represents the magic that people feel when they have life changing journeys, and how you may see a lot of connections between things that others don't. I think it's also important to remember this work is not written as a biography of Lord Byron, but rather as an interpretation through the authors own psychological lens.Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to others, particularly those that liked Eat, Pray, Love.

  • Jennifer Rolfe
    2019-05-18 06:10

    This was a truly interesting slant on autobiography. Taking the poet Byron as her muse in her period of self discovery while she searched her soul for answers to her lifestyle and life choices. Very well written and I did jot down some quotes.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-15 04:02

    Surprisingly a great read and kept me hooked all the way through. Thoroughly researched both on the ground and in the literary sense. I'm sending it to friends in the writing business to read, it was that good!

  • Ayda
    2019-05-17 04:08

    found this book in a resort bookshelf in Vietnam and I couldn't put it down. Would be so wacky as to go on a trip to discover my favourite people too.

  • Robbie Nolan
    2019-05-22 04:54

    I fell more in love with Byron's work via this book and, the journey I hence travelled with both Julietta& hers with Byron! A must read for lovers of poetry, travel, following your passion...

  • Beejay
    2019-05-04 22:03

    Bought at the Perth Writer's Festival, 24 Feb 12.

  • Amelia
    2019-04-27 04:11

    A waste of good Byron. Sorry

  • Vicky
    2019-05-21 03:15

    Should have been so good, but was poorly written, self obsessed in a dull kind of way and not very insightful on the life or works of Byron. a big disappointment in short.

  • Alex Field
    2019-04-26 23:08