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Dreadful language, boring message,
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This review is from: Love's Work (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
I wanted to like this memoir. It's written by a dying woman philosopher, and I thought it would be inspiring and moving, but it was neither. The constant insistence on very long, latin-derived words and the often tortured grammar distance the reader from the contents. The contents themselves are grim; not inspiring, but a wilfully bleak look at others' pain and that of the author. I really, really don't want to know the details of someone's colostomy bag! How is that going to inspire or improve my understanding? Gillian Rose has written a convoluted, unnecessarily complicated, painfully grim piece of work. Nobody will feel better for reading it. What a dreadful way to leave the world. Yes, I was sorry for her, but I really wish I hadn't read it.