‘In the Body of the World’ by Eve Ensler – Book Review
(This book review is part of the Anniversary Issue of The Four Quarters Magazine).
“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred,” declared Walt Whitman.
Gloria Steinem, in the preface to The Vagina Monologues wishes, “my own foremothers had known their bodies were sacred.”
“I was burning and nauseous and feverish and weak. I was of the body, in the body. I was body.
Body. Body. Body.” – Eve Ensler, In The Body of the World.
‘In the Body of the World’ is a no holds barred account by Eve Ensler of her battle not just with cancer but also the demons of her childhood sexual and physical abuse by her father. Ensler also tells of the deep emptiness she felt within herself that was caused by her mother’s silence and unwillingness to protect her from that abuse. This multi-dimensional book weaves into an untraditional tapestry, the warp of her battle with cancer with the weft of her tumultuous relationship with her mother. That she gained victory over her illness and survived to tell her story is aptly proved by the elegant, golden ‘V’ on the cover of the book. That she continued to crave the love of her mother but never got it, is also ironically proved by the waiting arms of the ‘V’ which she never felt go around herself.
Entwined with the stories of illness and abuse is yet another story Ensler tells of the time Read the rest here