Rules for Old Men Waiting
"If you are going to go under, it shouldn't be from the weight of self-pity alone."
Given the title and the intro, I had expected, and hoped, that the prescription itself would play a large part in the story, perhaps following through a complex ending of life. As it turns out, the prescription serves as little more than a structure to keep the main character alive so that two stories ca...more
I found this book in the little corner library (I could scarcely use the term more loosely) of an assisted living facility. I liked the cover. I read it and I now I have to return it but I don't want to--that means I'll have buy my own copy. About the only part of me that didn't like it was my ego. I'm also a writer and I am jealous of the author's accomplishment... There, I said it.
Rules for Old Men Waiting is Peter Pouncey's...more
I would have guessed that I would want to read a book about an old guy examining his life, a book about a young man who thinks about the world, a book about a marriage relationship, a book about facing oneself, a book about discovering the effect one has had on others. I would not think that I would want to read a book about pa...more
It was a lovely, gentle, sad read.
Robert MacIver is a retired history professor struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife. Having also lost his only son in the Vietnam war his loss causes him to slide into a deep depression which totally engulfs him. He stops eating and taking proper care of himself until a sudden fall seems to jerk him back to reality and a decision to try to "t...more
An old man, Robert MacIver, having lost his wife falls into a deep depression when thinking about his future life. He lives in a run down house in the countryside. The house needs much care taking. The front porch needs repairing and numerous daily tasks have to be done for him to successfully live in the house and...more
Sombre in tone, the novel takes the form of a series of reminiscences - how he met his wife, his early career as a rugby player, but...more
However, when the novel is the first fiction of an award-winning historian, a man who turned to fiction in his maturity, we can take some assurance. And in this particular case, we can just leap in and wallow in a marvelo...more
But there was so much death and sadness. There is only so much joy to be gotten from The Good Fight when the end is always - the end. No happily ever after, only rage against the dying of the light.
The characters were good, though. And not all the stories were sad
We'd like to think a better-late-than-never literary debut hasn't garnered this much attention since Ants on the Melon, Virginia Hamilton Adair's first collection of poetry published at age 87. Pouncey, a classics professor at Columbia University and the retired President of Amherst College, began work on Rules in 1981; at a slim 210 pages, it's obvious he chose his words carefully. Reviewers generously praise Pouncey's controlled prose and ripened wisdom. Those who enjoy the book embrace it as...more
And, one thing that made it so good is the fact that I picked it up for 50 cents at a hospital thrift shop.
Robert MacIver is a historian and former rugby star spending his final days alone in a Cape Cod house filled with memories. It is those memories—of his wife, son and friends, good and bad experiences, the little joys and tragedies that make up life—which sustain him and encourage him to devise a set of rules that are “…a plan to take back his life, until he could give it away on an accepta...more
extremely well written. pouncey plays with language and creates sophisticated sentence structures. multi-layered stories within a story -- as you experience the final days of maciver's full life, you come to know aspects of his back story as well as experience him weave his final story. eng...more