Let Me Stand Alone | Granta

  • Published: 03/03/2008
  • ISBN: 9781847080509
  • 155x20mm
  • 348 pages

Let Me Stand Alone

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie was a young American activist killed on 16 March 2003 as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip. She was twenty-three years old.

Let Me Stand Alone reveals Corrie’s striking gifts as a poet and writer, and tells Corrie’s story in her own words, from her earliest reflections as a precociously creative and assured young child, to her final eloquent emails from Gaza. Corrie wrote movingly of her relationships with family and friends and of the defining love affair of her life. She wrote with insight and intensity about her creative life, her desire to write and draw. Above all, the book describes her growing political conscience – her desire to break out of a blinkered American perspective and make a difference in the world.

Throughout, Corrie’s writing displays an extraordinary level of eloquence and self-awareness, humour and compassion. It is hard not to imagine what extraordinary books she would have produced had she lived.

It is the story of the awakening of conscience, the flowering of a writer and of a daughter brave enough to challenge her parents' politics ... Rachel's writing somehow transcends the horrific manner of her death

Irish Times

Intensely vivid and personal

Observer Magazine

This wonderful collection of material, compiled by the Corrie family, offers an opportunity to trace the developing sensibilities of a talented writer, and to marvel at her consistency ... It's inspiring stuff

Independent on Sunday

The Author

Rachel Corrie was born in Olympia, Washington State, in 1979, and attended Evergreen State College in Olympia. She was killed on 16 March 2003, at the age of twenty-three, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip.

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