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Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - 97 edition

Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (ISBN10: 0374525641; ISBN13: 9780374525644)
ISBN13: 978-0374525644
ISBN10: 0374525641

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0374267810
ISBN10: 0374267812

Summary: Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is the Winner of the National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction. A chain of events are set in motion when three month old Lia Lee arrives at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California that she, her parents nor her doctors would ever recover from.

Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Noonday
Published: 09/30/1998
International: No

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Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Review 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 ...show more tragic cycle of misunderstanding, overmedication, 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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From School Library Journal YA?A compelling anthropological study. The Hmong people in America are mainly refugee families who supported the CIA militaristic efforts in Laos. They are a clannish group with a firmly established culture that combines issues of health care with a deep spirituality that may be deemed primitive by Western standards. In Merced, CA, which has a large Hmong community, Lia Lee was born, the 13th child in a family coping with their plunge into a modern and mechanized way of life. The child suffered an initial seizure at the age of three months. Her family attributed it to the slamming of the front door by an older sister. They felt the fright had caused the baby's soul to flee her body and become lost to a malignant spirit. The report of the family's attempts to cure Lia through shamanistic intervention and the home sacrifices of pigs and chickens is balanced by the intervention of the medical community that insisted upon the removal of the child from deeply loving parents with disastrous results. This compassionate and understanding account fairly represents the positions of all the parties involved. The suspense of the child's precarious health, the understanding characterization of the parents and doctors, and especially the insights int ...show less
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