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This book explores physical decline in all it's myriad aspects
on March 10, 1999
If you want to know what it would be like to lose the use of your legs, read this book.
In a sparse, Faulknerian style Dubus evokes an emotional landscape that has been violated by pyhsical injury or tainted by advancing age and the inevitable degradation of the body that comes in its wake.
Although not every story has at its focus this troubling theme, the penumbra of death and disfiguration permeates the collection.
For Dubus, the transition beyond youth and physical splendor is accompanied primarily by a nostalgic longing for past pleasures which are understood as being now out of reach. But the book ultimately rinses through you with a power that leaves you meditating, as the author once did, about the realities that must be faced by all of us for the simple fact that we inhabit bodies that have a trajectory which sooner lr later commands our full attention.