- File Size: 1107 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Publisher: Theatricks Publishing (May 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G18G9JK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE LAST HURRAH: An elderly couple enjoys one last celebration as they face the end of life's journey. Kindle Edition
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All in all, an excellent new entry by Carmel McMurdo Audsley, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by her in the future. THE LAST HURRAH: An elderly couple enjoys one last celebration as they face the end of life's journey is entertaining and thoughtful, and anyone who is interested in reading about elderly people taking life into their own hands will enjoy it!
Much of this setup is contrived and unrealistic – she’s really more concerned about looking ugly? Finding out they do a cruise every year was disappointing. I was hoping this was their first cruise, their dream adventure.
But once you get past the fact that this is more like nonfiction than fiction writing written by an Australian (note, there are differences in English use), you can find yourself actually getting into the story about two elderly people who opt not to have treatment to extend their lives. Instead they decide to live life and end life together. And their Last Hurrah is just that, they’ll take that boat cruise they booked, and never go home again.
You might find yourself staying with this adventure, as I did, because of the relationship of love, life, children, and how many of us might feel this way, to want to control our lives to the very end.
One major objection to the story itself is that the parents never once called to have a final chat with any of their kids. I know my kids are busy, too, but if I felt I’d never hear their voices again, I wouldn’t be able to resist talking one last time. There are also some logistical errors. The stiff and matter-of-fact writing leaves the reader no room for emotional engagement. The author also makes it clear that she believes this last act of these old people was wrong. But it was written in a way that made it feel right. Saying that what they left behind was brutal suffering is not brought out here in the aftermath at all. It’s just all time to sell the house kind of stuff.
Still it’s interesting to learn that many of us go through the same kinds of things in our family relationships. My mother would call and say “Hello, this is your mother,” and I would wait impatiently for her to get on with it. I would love to hear that call again. What you’ll experience here is not great writing, but a sharing of common humanity.
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