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The Seven Ages by Louise Glück
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Nov 15, 14

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Read in October, 2008, read count: 2

so i used to be one-hundred percent sure meadowlands was gluck's best work (although i haven't yet read averno) but i recently reread this collection and realized it is totally equal to meadowlands. thematically, they are very different and i'm sure it's the tortured romance of meadowlands that drew me to it initially. seven ages feels more relevant to me right now. it is less concerned with the myths of history and more concerned with the myth of family. (i mean the family we are born into.) it is especially conscious of time passing and the body aging, and of the different struggles of the mind and the body. the language is very natural here and full of the organic wisdom i love in gluck, those little, easy turns of phrase that make you go "aha."
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