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GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES
on 14 March 2014
The best book I have read since my son died three years ago. Grossman is a master of metaphor. He knows about a parents grief inside out - its complicated and simple both at the have all been stripped away. When the man decides to go there, there is of course no 'there' and his wife knows that if he goes he will not come back - all bereaved parents will have expressed this desire to see their child just one more time and most will have contemplated suicide as the means to that end. Grossman explores the horror and the ultimate impossibility of such thoughts with huge imagination - grotesque in parts, certainly otherworldly but always grounded in real emotion. Written as a long form poem and presented as a stage script Falling out of Time has echoes of both Shakepeare and Beckett and will be read as such. But it is no less original for that.
When my son died - time did indeed stop. And I have been going round in circles ever since. I am now more ready to accept this as my own fate.