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Watching Mysteries With My Mother (Kindle Single) (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 1) by [Marcus, Ben]
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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Electric Literature; 1 edition (May 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085CDJW6
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By Bobby on October 19, 2012
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This is one of the best short stories I have read in a long while. Marcus' tireless considerations of a mother's possibly impending death are obsessive, haunting and beautiful. They are also often funny. The size of this narrator's wonderfully nervous imagination is only outdone by the size of his heart. Watching Mysteries with my Mother is an outstanding achievement. There is so much to love in this story. Read it already.
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The narrator has spent the evening watching a British mystery with his mother. She has slept through the second half, but still solves the mystery before he does. The secret is that the "working class characters are functional geniuses compared to the slow-thinking, wealthy, overfed people." Given the immutable rules of a mystery, could there be rules of death as well? Can he find the way to regard death to forestall his mother's death. She is 86 and her, "odd of dying increase every moment of her life." Could he change the odds and would that be a good thing? If he tells her to fight for her life, will she have the tools and knowledge to do so?

I really liked this book. A lot. The thoughts were fresh and wry enough to entrance me into following his ways of thinking. Yet they resonate in a way that tells me I have followed that line of thought myself. Recommend highly.
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Although there is merit in the words written by Ben Marcus, the way the narrator speaks to the reader is much too boring for the words to stick. The first sentence captures readers instantly but from then on get ready for a slow plod through bland, uninteresting internal monologue. There were some interesting ideas interlaced within the text, but nothing remarkable.
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The narrator in this story stews in the abrupt mysteries of death.

And then, as he's thinking about death, he begins to turn over some of the cliches our language has collected about death.

Marcus is hilarious when taking expressions literally, pulling them apart, finding scraps of meaning and revelation.

All that makes for a story that's funny and interesting and reaches out to pluck our common cord of wonder about our own mortality.
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I thought this story was just incredible. The psychological portrait is so beautifully rendered, and the world of the story is so complete, I was really blown away.

Fantastic piece. I've been sending it to friends for weeks now.
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Sometimes, before I drift off to sleep, I allow my mind to wander in this fashion but, never, never would I inflict my rambling thoughts on others. I'm sorry, but this just did not say anything important to to me, except, of course, that we all die. Duh!!
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By dee on December 8, 2012
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Hard to follow story line Did not really get the subject manner.Just did not care for the whole thing, sorry!
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