Conundrum Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This remarkable memoir is the classic account of the transgender journey. It is all the more extraordinary because it is the life story of a figure who, it seemed, seamlessly and publicly charted a course through the English establishment - James Morris, outstanding journalist, historian and travel writer, famed for a peerless writing style. But all the while he was concealing a very different inner world: from the age of four he felt that, despite his body, he was really a girl.
Determined to be true to an undeniable inner impulse, James Morris, in his 40s, became Jan Morris. It was the 1970s, a time and culture far from our 21st century, where such matters have now become commonplace. What was it that impelled him to take such a frightening and irrevocable step? He faced the mental and physical challenges - the operation had to be done in Morocco and, as a well-known figure, attention from the world media could not be avoided. What pressures would that put on the family - a loving wife and growing children living in a North Wales village? But that inner impulse could not be denied.
Jan Morris tells the story in a clear and honest manner, without a trace of sentimentality or sensationalism. She recounts the emotional, physical, sexual and social issues that abound on such a journey in detail and, through this highly personal memoir, presents a memorable insight into the 'conundrum'. Jan is modest by nature, and it is only by implication that one becomes aware of the immense courage and integrity needed to see the transition through.
This is a deeply moving, beautifully written, unforgettable memoir. Sensational - yes, in a quiet way. Revealing - yes; no punches are pulled. But in the end, it is humane and uplifting.
Jan Morris, now in her 90s, has written a new introduction for this recording. Roy McMillan has recorded Morris' major historical work, the Pax Britannica trilogy (available on Audible), and is the ideal reader for Conundrum.
|Listening Length||5 hours and 12 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||25 May 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,380 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6 in LGBTQ+ Biographies
#9 in LGBTQ+ Studies
#6,680 in Society & Culture (Books)
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It had a lot to say about men and their position socially, their relationships and what is expected of them.
Some of what Morris comments will now be considered unacceptable but I loved the honesty and fearlessness of the whole thing.
I enjoyed ‘Europe’ and ‘Venice’ and am now encouraged to read more of her books. What an amazing woman!
Although it is her own story, Jan's observations are also very objective and she writes with candour, considering the various facets of discomfort with sexual identity that an individual may experience. Her style of writing is engaging and draws one into the story; she has the gift of using prose in exactly the right way to describe in full the sights, sounds and smells of a scene without slipping into the verbosity of which some writers are guilty.
In the final scene, Jan simply asks for acceptance of who she is without any demands for society to change. And it is heartwarming that with very few exceptions, society has done just that. I thank her for sharing her story.
Father of 5 children .
Having to divorce his wife in order to have the surgery he so wanted .
Interestingly the way he was treated as a male then as a female after the change.
I found that very interesting.
A Book I would give to anyone who was in this predicament .
Well written ; why not ? after all as a man his work as an International correspondence shows .
Read it ..
Then read Jan’s new book ‘My diary .
And, her travel writing is as wonderful. Up there with Thubron and the rest. Erudite, funny, everything you'd want. We are lucky to have this Welsh pantheist with us.