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The Untouched Minutes Hardcover – Apr 1 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 102 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803232381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803232389
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g

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Alternating between the first and the third person, Morrill explores an early-evening burglary that occurred at his home. He and his wife, lying in bed, were disturbed by an intruder. The burglar eventually takes off with their car and computer, leaving them unharmed, on their knees in the bathroom, listening to the sounds of neighborhood children playing outside. But their peace of mind is forever shattered, as Morrill reveals in this stream-of-consciousness review of his life, the burglary, and an assortment of other recent crimes and tragedies, most notably the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the brutal murder of two Dartmouth professors in their home. He cites crime statistics one moment and indulges in fantasies of revenge the next, explores the shame of powerlessness and admits a new paranoia. Morrill ponders the circumstances and possibilities of the crime, names his intruder, and analyzes his personality and motives. In this fascinating tour de force, Morrill extrapolates living with fear and insecurity on an individual level to national anxiety about the disasters that can befall us. Vanessa Bush
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"In this fascinating tour de force, Morrill extrapolates living with fear and insecurity on an individual level to national anxiety about the disasters than can befall us." —Booklist


"Emotional and literary, this memoir is recommended for all libraries."—Library Journal


“With one act of violation, the bubble of the private life opens to admit the public—and Morrill interrogates the nature of the ‘suddenness’ brought to bear on mortality. His acutely self-conscious and astutely philosophical response asks us to address the many kinds of violence—what we see and what we don’t—that connect our lives to a world outside.”—Judith Kitchen, author of The House on Eccles Road
(Judith Kitchen)

“The Untouched Minutes braids together three narratives, from three different perspectives: Don and Lisa as they reeled during and after their home invasion; the murder of Dartmouth professors Half and Suzanne Zantop, who had been killed only five days before the Morril’s break-in; and the country’s crumbling sense of security after 9/11.”--Lane DeGregory, St. Petersburg Times

(Lane DeGregory)

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The Other Side of the Eye Oct. 10 2014
By Michelle M. Weidenbenner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a well-written memoir of a robbery. I bought it because I'm a writer who's writing someone else's memoir, and I wanted to evaluate how Morrill wrote his story from both the first and third person point of view. I loved his ability to show readers how deeply a person feels about an intrusion such as the one he experienced. I found myself skipping forward to find the story inside his story, eager to know what happened.

These words hit home for me and sent a shill up my spine: "You can never know the other side of the eye. By definition, all experience is the experience of a survivor: experience must be survived in order to become experience." I'm relieved that Donald and Lisa survived this experience and hope like hell I never have to live through anything like this.


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