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on growing old,
This review is from: Chaos (Paperback)
This is a collection of texts: a novel, that gives it's title to the volume, and five stories, two of them fairly short. Common to all or nearly all the texts, the theme of old age, in addition to the usual White's topics.
The novel, Chaos, is where we find the usual characteristics of EW's writing, including his autobiographical tone. I mean, I do not know if what is there exactly matches the author's biography, but one of his talents is precisely this, to write with a voice so likely that we are led to believe or accept that in fact it corresponds to the writer's life. There is this kind of tone that is usual in White, an almost total identification between author and narrator. As I said, I do not know if it is pure fiction masquerading as biography, but this is not important, what matters is that the quality of the literary artifice, and, of course, what it provides to readers.
Chaos is sometimes a poignant story about the aging process, on how we will gradually adapt to the limitations of old age, but especially the way one resists (or not) psychologically to all changes that come with age and the fact that we have to deal with the physical decline and with the prospect of death. All this done with a kind of honesty and rawness that is usual with White, particularly in what regards to sex.
The remaining texts in this edition are there to prove that EW is an author of many and diverse talents. I particularly liked the story The Good Sports, which tells the story of a couple of friends, an English woman and an American man, who decide to spend their retirement in a Greek island. Much of the story focuses on a visit to Turkey when all sorts of misunderstandings did happen. This is a beautiful story about friendship, or rather the love without sex, and its limits.
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2011 00:32:01 BDT
Celil Parker says:
People need to hear and read good things about Turkey, the Turks, and the Kurds. Edmund White is a better source than the U. S. of A.`s and the Zionist Entity`s vicious and negative Neo-Con, Talmudofascist politicians!
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