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Crossing the Hudson Paperback – March 10, 2009
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What follows is a dreamy meditation about the lasting effect of Gustav's parents on his sensitive and impressionable personality. The bridge gives Gustav "the feeling of being transported into a floating, dreamlike state." As if in a dream, Gustav scrolls through memories of his recently deceased father Ludwig, and he and his mother share a strange hallucination (or is it real?) demonstrating Ludwig's continuing power over his family. Gustav recognizes that, over the course of his adult life, "the foundation of his existence remained Father and Mother." Gustav's vital father has sapped his self-assurance and his energy:
"Father's fantastic, everlasting capacity for hope, his unbearable kindness, completely robbed his son of confidence. Ludwig's immense productivity often rendered Gustav powerless. The more enterprising the father, the quieter and more worn out the son.Read more ›