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  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    I loved reading Mary Gordon s novel Spending A Novel last year, and was eager to findof her writing A good friend gave me this book since I had recommended Spending to her and the three novellas are definitely examples of Gordon s rhythmic prose and three dimensional women.The short stories were sometimes difficult to read because they vascillated between first person and third person or the descriptions of actions were so subtle that I didn t realize what was happening until later I I loved reading Mary Gordon s novel Spending A Novel last year, and was eager to findof her writing A good friend gave me this book since I had recommended Spending to her and the three novellas are definitely examples of Gordon s rhythmic prose and three dimensional women.The short stories were sometimes difficult to read because they vascillated between first person and third person or the descriptions of actions were so subtle that I didn t realize what was happening until later I did enjoy the subtlety sometimes when I felt I was piecing together a mystery as the character drops a clue along the story of her life I connected in some way with all three stories, though didn t wholly relate to any one of the women That s probabaly the power of Gordon s women there are universally recognizable traits of women in all of them, but they are all individual creations.Enjoyed, but rather subdued and dense to recommend to everyone


  2. Tiffany Martin Tiffany Martin says:

    I had hoped I would enjoy at least one of the three novellas but sadly, I only enjoyed the ending of the last one And, even that was disappointing I found myself mostly thinking, What am I reading.


  3. Bohemian Bluestocking Bohemian Bluestocking says:

    This is the first time in forever I ve read not short stories but a collection of novellas They are each about 75 pages and all of them are set deep in a woman s perspective about gender socialization, home, male female relationships, sexuality, discrimination and consent signal the metoo movement Also, the men in the book that are the objects of the women s contemplation both filled with desire and disdain are what I would call manic pixie dream guys They are dramatic and larger than This is the first time in forever I ve read not short stories but a collection of novellas They are each about 75 pages and all of them are set deep in a woman s perspective about gender socialization, home, male female relationships, sexuality, discrimination and consent signal the metoo movement Also, the men in the book that are the objects of the women s contemplation both filled with desire and disdain are what I would call manic pixie dream guys They are dramatic and larger than life while the women are a bit depressed But unlike Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or an Annie Hall, the men don t really save or bring adventure to the women that the women truly benefit from or that usher in a change Interesting stories, but again, the mood, general tenor of the female narrators are a bit sad But maybe Mary Gordon is just trying to be realistic about women s experience, at least in the hetero world ooh, did I just say that


  4. Karen Karen says:

    The three novellas are very well written and ring true, but boy, they were rather serious I liked the three protagonists, altho at some point I wanted to shake each of them and say, Look on the bright side and stop obsessing about the past what you think will happen in the future That said, I m glad I read this as it offered a portrait of three very different lives I appreciate the frank depictions of romantic relationships, desire and sex from these women s points of view.


  5. David David says:

    Interesting perspectives of three very different women in three novellas But a bit brooding and introspective where too much is happening in the character s thoughts and memory vs in the story itself, reducing the immediacy of the narrative Liked the last novella, the title story, best as it grappled with difficult questions of what a life really is one or two key moments or a long continuum and how past and present influence each other without ever really meeting.


  6. Ash Ash says:

    The third novella was very beautiful I enjoyed all three but the third was a stand alone.


  7. Juliet Juliet says:

    I read this after having read The Liar s Wife The four novellas in that collection completely blew me away These three novellas here had less of an impact on me These three are all in some way about a woman s relationship with a man who is in the process of leaving, or who has already abandoned her, and whom she cannot for one reason or another relinquish.The stories chart the progress of each protagonist s questions why am I having an affair with a priest How long will it last It is so te I read this after having read The Liar s Wife The four novellas in that collection completely blew me away These three novellas here had less of an impact on me These three are all in some way about a woman s relationship with a man who is in the process of leaving, or who has already abandoned her, and whom she cannot for one reason or another relinquish.The stories chart the progress of each protagonist s questions why am I having an affair with a priest How long will it last It is so tenuous, yet it gives me something, but what He will leave me for something or something else and I don t know when that will happen, only that it will, so how is he even with me at all right now Or in the second novella, I am married to a journalist who covers dangerous, threatening events and he is always leaving, and may at any time leave in the most complete way which is to say that he could be killed, so why do I stay How do I make peace with his departures How was it that he was so much better with my mother when she was dying than I was Or in the third novella, when an older woman is being taken by her son back to the town in Italy where she grew up, she is forced to confront the place and time when her teen aged boyfriend and she made a pact to commit suicide, and he did, but she did not She was shamed and sent away to America Now she is asking, why did I live and he died Was I really alive this entire time What does it mean to be alive, and what do I owe the dead, if anything What pulls you through these stories is the questions the narrators keep asking, how the pursuit of one question s answer, maybe arriving at some kind of an answer, only opens up the next question, and the next While these novellas are, most simply, the stories of three women s lives, it might beaccurate to say they are the record of the questions each woman asks herself about her life As none of us are 100% certain about our own lives or why we do what we do or how things have turned out the way we have, I think the central aspect of these stories, the continual pursuit questions is very true to life


  8. Chris Blocker Chris Blocker says:

    The Rest of Life is comprised of three novellas They may as well be one There is such a strong similarity in these stories of a woman, the lover she changed and the love that changed her Which would be okay if the stories were interesting These were not.What makes Mary Gordon s three novellas particularly ineffectual was the overall lack of story Yeah, that s that one element, you know, the one which some writers feel is vital, while others think it can be completely discarded Gordon is The Rest of Life is comprised of three novellas They may as well be one There is such a strong similarity in these stories of a woman, the lover she changed and the love that changed her Which would be okay if the stories were interesting These were not.What makes Mary Gordon s three novellas particularly ineffectual was the overall lack of story Yeah, that s that one element, you know, the one which some writers feel is vital, while others think it can be completely discarded Gordon is obviously in the latter camp You get quite a bit of internal thought in these stories as the protagonists are pouring a cup of tea, or getting dressed, or sitting in an empty room Page after page of thought Then someone speaks, and again the protagonist gets lost in thought Maybe if these women had some thought that really motivated me to read one or thoughts that were unique from one to the next but no they all just think the same Will he leave me I m sure he will I hope not, but it s destined The way he s sitting makes me think of his cock I love his cock And his balls I hope I get to snuggle up against them later before he leaves me. No thanks.There really is little forward movement in these stories Thus, there is little to recall after finishing them My complete summary of the book could be summarized by the official synopsis at the top of this page I have nothing else to add perhaps because nothing else actually happened


  9. Jessie Jessie says:

    A strange and wonderful book, haunting three novellas, each between 70 and 90 pages, unconnected except by the fact of painful love in each of the protagonists lives.Wanted to study the novella, how it unfolds The writing is repetitive in a seemingly unedited way, but really I think it s highly edited and crafted to give a sense of disbelief, as in the final novella, the woman, Paola, continually asking, What does it mean that I lived and he her boyfriend at 15 didn t What does it mean to A strange and wonderful book, haunting three novellas, each between 70 and 90 pages, unconnected except by the fact of painful love in each of the protagonists lives.Wanted to study the novella, how it unfolds The writing is repetitive in a seemingly unedited way, but really I think it s highly edited and crafted to give a sense of disbelief, as in the final novella, the woman, Paola, continually asking, What does it mean that I lived and he her boyfriend at 15 didn t What does it mean to have life The repetition seems like stream of consciousness, or maybe a desire to convince oneself and reader of the truth in these accounts of lives The prose is unremarkable but sparkly and strongly felt somehow straight telling and summary and out comes a clear bit wisdom like the past is like a bed sheet that s torn and no good and put away in the closet forever You re very much inside the women s heads but seeing very clearly, inhabiting their memory and fear The novellas open and close in strange ways, very mid stride, not really having a beginning or an end A book full of moments neither happy nor sad, just lived and recorded and longed for even by those who ve lived them


  10. Sooz Sooz says:

    I was a little mystified by Mary Gordon s style of writing I found these three novellas to be serious and cerebral The first two novellas tried my patience, somewhat I wanted to say to the protagonist, stop thinking and start living, for heaven s sake The women in each were constantly questioning life why this and not that why did men do this and women do that why did I do this what would it be like if I had not done this what is he thinking when he does that It s too much thinking I was a little mystified by Mary Gordon s style of writing I found these three novellas to be serious and cerebral The first two novellas tried my patience, somewhat I wanted to say to the protagonist, stop thinking and start living, for heaven s sake The women in each were constantly questioning life why this and not that why did men do this and women do that why did I do this what would it be like if I had not done this what is he thinking when he does that It s too much thinking it hurts my head But when I started the third novella, of the same title as the book The Rest of Life , I was hooked by her style, even though it still had the same qualities as the first two Still serious, still sad, still forever questioning putting life on hold still, there were some thoughts that I recognized as having, myself, and maybe I thought I would at last understand certain things Overall, I m not likely to pursue any other books by Mary Gordon They are heavyvery, very heavy and my own thoughts are heavy enough as it is


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