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October 15, 2013


Rain Trueax

I saw that she got it but haven't read her books. Does she imply this is still how women must live?


She's writing for her generation of women,I think.

Kay Dennison

I'm gonna go get it!!!!

Henry Hank Chapin

I thought "Bear...Mountain" was about caregiving, dementia, and old age, which I am an expert on now(no comments please). I'll read the story again.

Henry Hank Chapin

I meant to say, no SNARKY comments, s'il vous plai, por favor, bitte.

Speaking of "bitte," which we weren't, as a student of language I noticed when living in the Cincinnati area of Ohio, that people would say "please," when they didn't quite understand what one was saying. In most of the U. S., people might say "excuse me" or "what was that?" I attribute the Ohio use of "please" to the heavily German influence in Cincinnati history, as Germans might say, "bitte."


This story was made into a fine movie with Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis called "Away From Her."
I would call the story a novella rather than a short story.
I must say for all that I admire her writing I find it cold at the core. But this could simply be an accurate rendering of the mileau she is describing. In the film
Julie Christie as a woman with Alzheimer's is brilliant.


Hank: I could be wrong,but I almost thought Munro was using Alzheimer's as a metaphor. The story is accurate from what I have seen of this affliction,the movie even more so.
I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to care for a family member with Alzheimer's.My mother in law had dementia and had some really bad spells.That was hard enough.

Henry Hank Chapin

I'll read the story again. The New Yorkers for Oct. 7 and 14 don't have it, so maybe you were referring to the forthcoming Oct 21 issue which you might get early on your Kindle.

I am not well-versed in Munro, but I've been reading her in the last few days. Offhand, she doesn't seem highly metaphorical to me, just realistic but with a knack for zeroing in on revealing moments and plots.

Speaking of metaphorical writers, Jhumpa Lahiri's latest book brought Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" to mind, except it's very different, certainly not allegorical in style. But there is an "original sin" (just human, not Christian) that affects everything but which is revealed slowly and belatedly and it was not committed by the obvious candidate, the brother. No, it was the brother's wife who spied on the policeman's movements so he could be killed by the Naxalites. She was cold at heart as a result. It's sort of like the Rev. Dimmesdale was the real guilty party, not the publicly blamed Hester Prynne. Just thinking about "The Lowland" without making any definitive statements yet.


Hank: Yes, I get the New Yorker on my Kindle (with the cartoons, yet!) Also The Nation.
So much to say these days! It's impossible to keep up.

Henry Hank Chapin

Discovered this morning in an op ed in the Star-Avertiser that some magazine/website called "The Tablet" gave the "true Nobel Prize" to Philip Roth. The op ed was on the theme that Malala, the young Pakistani girl, SHOULD have gotten the Nobel Prize. I was glad to see the article came from the conservative Hoover think tank, because I can legitimately say that I will follow the truth wherever it leads.

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