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Age: A Love Story by [Hortense Calisher]

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The animating idea behind Calisher's slender new novelan elderly couple's coming to terms with the inevitability of their deathis a worthy theme. And the fictional materials meant to give it substance here seem promising, even exotic. Gemma is a retired architect in her late 70s, Rupert an inactive poet four years younger. One of her daughters by a previous marriage is sordidly murdered in a back alley; the other, conventionally married and pregnant, is living in Saudi Arabia. Rupert's ex-wife arrives from England only to die as they look on; their old friends, a literary power-broker and biographer and his wife, make a brief appearance and depart by double suicide. But the working-through of the material in the form of a team diary is curiously inert and fragmentary, much of it in language that is quaint to the point of eccentricity. A murderno small thing, after allis merely alluded to in passing, as is the adolescent girl's attempted seduction of her stepfather. The death in their presence of a significant person is merely flatly reported, news of the double suicide arrives in the form of a New York Times obituary. The narrative remains lifeless, an exercise rather than a cogent work of art.
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Rupert and Gemma are a vital and loving couple in their 70s who must now confront old age and their own mortality. After years of happy marriage, their greatest reason to fear death is "that one of us will inevitably be left behind." They agree to keep private journals "for companyto the one of us who survives." Their entries describe past events, offer observations of friends and relatives, and above all express the continuing tenderness and affection they feel for each other. It soon becomes clear that each accepts his/her own demise but not that of the other. Perhaps to show that the two have become as one over the years, it is sometimes difficult to discern who is writing, and the diary format precludes depth. Still, Calisher has come up with a lovely premise, and her approach to this melancholic subject is sensitive and compassionate. Kimberly G. Allen, Supreme Court Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FTOANTA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media (November 5, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 5, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1163 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 139 pages
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