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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
With rare verve and panache, Calisher has confronted a difficult and ofter neglected subject, and has triumphed magnificently. Age is not only an important contribution to our understanding of the human predicament, it is a celebration of the human spirit--as only first -rate fiction can provide.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jul 11, 2016 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading I was reminded of the French film Amour from 2012. Anne and George (from the film) are not that dissimilar to Rupert and Gemma. Both couples are old—Rupert is 73, Gemma, 77 (the actors in the film were in their eighties)—and yet are still very much in love, a romantic love which for so many by that time of life has become too much work. All four are creative types—the French couple were both piano teachers, Rupert is a poet, Gemma an architect—and all, at least when we first ...more
Noreen Miller
Aug 04, 2013 Noreen Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised and drawn in by the focus on a somewhat neglected age of character and side-by-side husband/wife journal entry presentation.Calisher does a phenomenal job of adapting the tone and voice of the separate journal entries to fit the two unique characters, Rupert and Gemma. Through the eyes of 73 year-old Rupert and his 77 year-old wife, Gemma, the reader is confronted with the very real concerns of the last-stages of life. A variety of aspects are touched upon as they conf ...more
Ron Mohring
Nov 12, 2010 Ron Mohring rated it really liked it
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Lovely, nuanced writing. I couldn't help but think of my own parents as I read through this short novel, admiring Calisher's characterizations and dialogue (which reminds me of Albee in the way that characters who know each other can half-speak or hint and still communicate fully because they are fully aware of their history together).
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Hortense Calisher was an American writer of fiction.

Calisher involved her closely investigated, penetrating characters in complicated plotlines that unfold with shocks and surprises in allusive, nuanced language with a distinctively elegiac voice, sometimes compared with Eudora Welty, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Henry James. Critics generally considered Calisher a type of neo-realist and oft
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