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Title:
The yellow world : how fighting for my life taught me how to live
Author:
Espinosa, Albert, 1974-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Mundo amarillo. English
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
xiv, 153 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"In The Yellow World Espinosa tackles the subjects of life, death and love with wry humor and sharp insight, relating the discoveries he made during his 10-year battle with cancer as a teenager in a narrative that is both funny and touching"--
General Note:
This translation originally published: United Kingdom : Particular Books, 2012.

"First published in Spain as El Mundo Amarillo by Random House Mondadori, S.A., 2008"--Title page verso.
Language:
English
Contents:
[1] Beginning... -- The Yellow World -- Where Were You Born? -- What Is the Yellow World? -- [2] Carrying On... -- List of Discoveries to Make Your World Yellow -- 1. Losses are positive -- 2. The word pain doesn't exist -- 3. The energy that appears after thirty minutes is what you need to solve a problem -- 4. Ask five good questions every day -- 5. Show me how you walk and I'll show you how to laugh -- 6. When you are sick, they keep tabs on your life, a medical record. When you are well, you should do the same: keep a life record -- 7. There are seven tricks to being happy -- 8. What you hide the most reveals the most about you -- 9. Put your lips together and blow -- 10. Don't be afraid of being the person you have become -- 11. Find what you like looking at, then look at it -- 12. Start counting at six -- 13. The search for the south and the north -- 14. Listen to yourself when you're angry -- 15. Positive wanking -- 16. The difficult thing isn't accepting how you are, but how everyone else is -- 17. The power of contrasts -- 18. Hibernate for twenty minutes -- 19. Look for your hospital roommates outside the hospital -- 20. Do you want to share an REM with me? -- 21. The power of the first time -- 22. A way never to get angry -- 23. The best way to know if you love someone -- Twenty-three Discoveries That Connect Two Ages : From Fourteen to Twenty-four -- [3] Living... -- The Yellows -- How Do You Find Yellows and How Do You Identify Them? -- Yellow Q&A -- Conclusions About Yellows -- [4] And Relax... -- The Yellow End -- Epilogue -- Afterword / by Eloy Azorín.
ISBN:
9780345538123
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Summary

Summary

A sensational memoir with all the emotional power of The Fault in Our Stars, The Yellow World is the story of cancer and survival that has moved and inspired readers around the world.

My heroes don't wear red capes. They wear red bands.

Albert Espinosa never wanted to write a book about cancer--so he didn't. Instead, he shares his most touching, funny, tragic, and happy memories in the hopes that others, healthy and sick alike, can draw the same strength and vitality from them.

At thirteen, Espinosa was diagnosed with cancer, and he spent the next ten years in and out of hospitals, undergoing one daunting procedure after another, starting with the amputation of his left leg. After going on to lose a lung and half of his liver, he was finally declared cancer-free. Only then did he realize that the one thing sadder than dying is not knowing how to live. In this rich and rewarding book, Espinosa takes us into what he calls "the yellow world," a place where fear loses its meaning; where strangers become, for a moment, your greatest allies; and where the lessons you learn will nourish you for the rest of your life.

U.K. praise for The Yellow World

"With its uplifting message and simple philosophy, [ The Yellow World ] has the makings of a spiritual classic." -- The Sunday Times

"[An] energetic rush of a book . . . that shines with comedy and grace." --The Independent

"Heartwarming . . . the book everyone's talking about." -- Mail on Sunday


Author Notes

Albert Espinosa is an industrial engineer, screenwriter, actor, and director. He is the creator of the hit Catalan television series Polseres vermelles (known in English as Red Band Society ) and the author of three novels. He has written screenplays for the internationally acclaimed films Your Life in 65 Minutes, Nobody's Perfect, and 4th Floor . He debuted as a film director in 2007 with No me pidas que te bese porque te besaré, which he also wrote and starred in himself.


Excerpts

Excerpts

9780345538123|excerpt Espinosa / THE YELLOW WORLD Beginning . . . The Yellow World Don't hold the knife in your left hand. Don't put your elbows on the table. Fold your napkin properly. That's the beginning. --­Gabriel Celaya Where Were You Born? Well, I was born from cancer. I like the word cancer. I even like the word tumor. It might sound creepy but it's just that my life has been connected to these two words. And I've never felt anything horrible about saying cancer or tumor or osteosarcoma. I grew up with these words and I like to say them out loud, to shout them at the top of my voice. I think that until you say them, make them part of your life, then it's difficult for you to accept them. That's why I need to speak about cancer in this first chapter, because later in the book I'm going to explain the lessons that cancer taught me to survive my life. So I'll start off by talking about it and how it affected me. I was fourteen years old when I had to go to the hospital for the first time. I had an osteosarcoma in my left leg. I left school, left my home, and started my life in the hospital. I had cancer for ten years, from the ages of fourteen to twenty-­four. This doesn't mean that I spent ten years in the hospital but that for ten years I was going to various different hospitals to get treated for four cancers: leg, leg (same leg both times), lung, and liver. En route I left behind one leg, one lung, and a chunk of my liver. But I have to say that, at the time, I was happy when I had cancer. I remember it as one of the best times of my life. It might be a shock to see these two words next to each other: happy and cancer. But that's how it was. The cancer might have taken material things away from me, but it taught me lots of other things that I would never have found out by myself. What can cancer give you? I think the list is endless: You find out who you are, you find out what sort of people you live with, you discover your limits . . . above all you lose your fear of death. Maybe this last is the most valuable thing. One day I was cured. I was twenty-­four and they told me that I didn't have to go back to the hospital. I was scared stiff. It was weird. The thing I knew how to do best of all was to fight against cancer and now they told me that I was cured. This weirdness, this stupor, lasted for six hours, then I went mad with joy; not to go back to the hospital, not to have any more X-­rays (I think I'd had more than two hundred and fifty), no more blood tests, no more tests of any kind. It was a dream come true. It was completely unbelievable. I thought that in a few months I'd forget all about cancer. I'd have a "normal life." Cancer would just be a stage I'd gone through. But instead (I've never forgotten it), something strange happened. I never imagined how much the lessons of cancer would help me in my daily life. It's the great gift that cancer has given me: lessons (you have to call them something, although maybe I prefer the word discoveries) that help my life to be easier, happier. What I will explain in this book is nothing more than how to apply to your day-­to-­day life the lessons I learned from cancer. Yes, exactly, now that I think of it, that's what this book could be called: How to Use Cancer to Get Through Life. Maybe that'll end up being the book's subtitle. It sounds odd, it sounds just the opposite of most of the books that get written about cancer, but that's just how it is. Life is paradoxical (I love contradictions). I want to make it clear that this book is a collection of everything I learned from cancer and also of the discoveries that my friends who were also fighting this illness showed me. Well, that's the story of cancer and me up till now. I like how I've summed it up; I'm happy with it. The story has begun. Now let's carry on with the yellow world. Excerpted from The Yellow World: How Fighting for My Life Taught Me How to Live by Albert Espinosa All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Eloy Azorín
Introductionp. ix
Beginning...: The Yellow World
Where Were You Born?p. 3
What Is the Yellow World?p. 6
Carrying On...: List of Discoveries to Make Your World Yellow
1 Losses are positivep. 13
2 The word pain doesn't existp. 18
3 The energy that appears after thirty minutes is what you need to solve a problemp. 23
4 Ask five good questions every dayp. 28
5 Show me how you walk and I'll show you how to laughp. 32
6 When you are sick, they keep tabs on your life, a medical record. When you are well, you should do the same: Keep a life recordp. 37
7 There are seven tricks to being happyp. 43
8 What you hide the most reveals the most about youp. 48
9 Put your lips together and blowp. 51
10 Don t be afraid of being the person you have becomep. 54
11 Find what you like looking at, then look at itp. 58
12 Start counting at sixp. 61
13 The search for the south and the northp. 65
14 Listen to yourself when you're angryp. 67
15 Positive wankingp. 70
16 The difficult thing isn't accepting how you are, but how everyone else isp. 72
17 The power of contrastsp. 75
18 Hibernate for twenty minutesp. 79
19 Look for your hospital roommates outside of the hospitalp. 82
20 Do you want to share an REM with me?p. 87
21 The power of the first timep. 90
22 A way never to get angryp. 93
23 The best way to know if you love someonep. 96
23 Discoveries That Connect Two Ages: From Fourteen to Twenty-fourp. 98
Living...: The Yellows
The Yellowsp. 103
How Do You Find Yellows and How Do You Identify Them?p. 120
Yellow Q&Ap. 128
Conclusions About Yellowsp. 136
And Relax...: The Yellow End
The Yellow Endp. 141
Epiloguep. 149
Afterwordp. 151