The story is set outside of time and tackles relevant social and cultural issues, bringing clarity and insight on topics such as body image, loneliness and belonging. It is an unconventional view inside the mind of an addicted person, all wrapped in a spine of emotion, intrigue and wonder. The pages are saturated with characters that come to life as you read, prompting you to find parts of yourself in the text. This is a transparent composition, arresting you on how you may perceive the definition of love. A piece of creative literature to settle in with for hours.
“Real love gives us permission to challenge our thoughts”
Just finished this book. Loved it and hated it; very inspirational and annoyingly convicting.
I finished Translucent War this morning and almost feel like I need to get out a thesaurus to find an appropriate word to describe; but I don't think one word would articulate my feelings. I went in sceptical, thinking it was going to be a goody god story. This book is a raw, emotive, traumatic, uplifting, thought provoking journal of a very brave life - a survive and conquer story on paper for others to know that they are not alone with their demons
I wasn’t particularly interested in reading this book but did so as a favour for a friend. TBH I found the story of the Woman boring and I thought to myself she has been 20 years in addiction, isn’t she a little slow? Not long after that I quit MY own multiple decade nicotine & pot addiction-cold turkey-all the time cursing this book. Then as time would have it, a few months later my friend suggested I read it again...so I did. This time was different, I still found the cycles repetitive BUT I now saw ME and found myself weeping at work to the point where I rang a family member for support. Some deep wells have been broken. I have since been interviewed by the author, Mandy, and was able to share some life events that I had long buried and never saw the point in discussing ‘they were SO long ago-can’t change them now’ things I had never spoken about. I am not sure where to from here but I know this book has had a profound effect on me.
I saw myself with my own addictions (alcohol) and the #%*& rules -outwardly perfectly dressed, house impeccable, working at managerial professional level - functioning but not always normal functioning. This book affected me greatly in a way that is still unfolding.
I was totally drawn into this story, strangely captivated by it, as many parallels to my reality rang true. It gifted me an appreciation for a love family member…grace upon grace 'the struggle is real'.
Amanda has a beautiful way of telling her story in a genuine way which connects the true hidden struggle that many of us have with our minds. Throughout the book you connect with the torment that can occur internally and the hope that is available for us all. Translucent War touches you in a profound way as you walk through the pain and tentative steps of moving towards a life of freedom. Your heart will be changed as you are engrossed in the journey that unfolds.