In her debut memoir kathleen saint onge a linguist language teacher and phd candidate takes us on a complex intricate psychoanalytical voyage of identity construction survival and introspection by unveiling her experiences and memories of growing up bilingual and the insurmountable attachment one can have to language 1 as a means of living through unspeakable trauma and 2 . My paternal grandfather is dressed in his full military uniform half sitting on the right arm of an expensive looking wooden upholstered armchair my paternal grandmother wears a modest string of pearls a white hat with a medium sized brim and a luxurious stole fox i think. Bilingual being is gutsy topical immensely readable i think anyone who reads it will come away with a deeper understanding of this crazy quilt country of ours and our ongoing debate about language and culture equally important it sheds light not just on one life but on the universal process of becoming a person. Bilingual being my life as a hyphen by kathleen saint onge liked it 300 rating details 2 ratings 0 reviews written by a survivor of childhood abuse this moving memoir traces the influence of the authors mother tongue in the formation of her identity and the role her second language played in providing a psychological sanctuary. Appropriately bilingual being is itself written in two languages prose and poetry the latter tackles repressed childhood memories while the more lengthy prose portions focus on the writer as an adult the book introduces us to the author in the present teaching at a french immersion school bilingual being my life as a hyphen by
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