A no-holds-barred look at living with a disability in a society that isn't as equal as it thinks it is.Meg Kingston's bestselling "memoir of a disability" is an honest, open commentary on the social side of life with a chronic illness....
|Title||:||The MonSter and the Rainbow|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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The MonSter and the Rainbow Reviews
I don't think I've ever read a book as fast as I read "The MonSter and the Rainbow". It's one of those ones which, once it's gotten you, you're in and it's not letting go until the very last page. Meg is funny. Really, really funny. She's also down to earth and brutally honest in a wonderful way. This is a true life account of being diagnosed with, adapting to, and ultimately, living with MS. It's brilliant and, whether you have MS or not, whether you're disabled or not, I implore that you read this book. It's as insightful as it is funny and I adore Meg's honesty. It's refreshing in a world which prefers to make things up and spread lies. Absolutely brilliant book and I'm hoping for another one like it! Thanks, Meg!!
When Meg Kingston was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and had to give up her job in IT, she developed her interest in writing and this – her first non-fiction book – describes eloquently and movingly how she has coped with this massive upheaval in her life. On one level this is a manual for other sufferers and those who care for them. It is full of suggestions and help on how to cope, both with the practicalities and the emotional and psychological effects of disability. But although MS is what Meg Kingston knows best, much of what she writes about applies equally to anyone with a long-term condition or disability. And this book is so much more than a “how-to” guide. It’s a fascinating glimpse into a world that many of us may not have had first-hand experience of, but almost certainly will encounter at some point in our lives. The author shares her experiences honestly, candidly, with wit and humour, and manages to deal with a difficult subject with such a lightness of touch that far from being depressing this book is eminently readable and entertaining. At times I was profoundly shocked at the negative way many people react to disability. Some of the episodes Meh Kingston recounts are almost beyond belief, and if they hadn't actually happened to her I would have thought they were apocryphal. And yet such incidents are the daily reality for so many disabled people and we all need to recognise that and help to combat it. This book should be required reading for just about anyone who in any way comes into contact with the disabled, from the medical profession to legislators on disability issues, from all those whose thoughtlessness and insensitivity can be so wounding, to those of us who perhaps think we are beyond reproach but who will almost certainly learn something new. This is an important book and I hope it gets the wide readership it deserves to.
It's a really hard book to rate - I don't really know what I am rating. I don't usually read non-fiction and to give an amount if stars for how interesting you find someone's life doesn't appeal :o(I went for the rating I did as the writing was interesting and I feel there was a good insight into the author's life.It was nice to read an honest and I sight fuel viewing the world through the eyes of an MSer. I have experienced, with friends and family, a lot of the situations she speaks of and I find it surprising that every one has shared experiences in places that claim to have 'disabled access' but with the bad there is always the outstanding!I am hoping to see the author and Rae Gee (who recommended the book) at the next bookaholics anonymous meeting!
Meg Kingston copes with her disablity with a steely determination and a wry wit. Even if you don't have MS, this book is highly entertaining, but at the same time is a real eye-opener to the ignorance and abuse that disabled people are subjected to, and thoughtlessness over access to public places. As well as having a good moan, the author gives all sorts of tips for coping with a disability, many of which helped me, although I have a different disability. Highly recommended.
A warm, witty and sometimes horrifying look at the everyday problems and prejudices faced by the disabled. (Sally Quilford)