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Elizabeth Costello's slide into oblivion,
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I am sure that Elizabeth Costello is very erudite and will send some intellectuals into paroxisms of joy. However, at it's heart, this is the tale of a woman who either refuses to, or simply cannot connect with people, other than through the delivery of criticsm. The notable exception centers upon an old artist with whom Elizabeth can at least empathize. To her own children and grandchildren, she remains emotionally distant.
This is also a book about a woman's slow slide into apathy and death. Everywhere Elizabeth goes, she wishes she was somewhere else. When she gives lectures, her primary motivation is to get past them, and back to the safety of her room. She has become jaded, exhausted, and constantly reminds herself of her age.
The end of the book, for me, was an utter waste of time. Costello finds herself before a gate, although it is definitely not pearly. There, and in a courtroom, she argues for the right not to believe in anything, but eventually finds something to believe in. At least she thinks she might. Or at least she can feign some passion. Whatever...
Thus, if you like equivocation, large doses of apathy, mixed with a few deep thoughts, this is your book.