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The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
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Mar 31, 12

bookshelves: fiction, women-s-history, surrealism, aging, religion
Read from March 24 to 30, 2012

This book, like life itself, is full of so many delightful absurdities. I was thoroughly charmed with the idosyncratic 92 year old heroine Marian. Despite her age, she's neither portrayed as the crotchety old witch nor the smiling, rosy-cheeked grandmama, but as a robust and eccentric individual. As the story begins, her son and daughter-in-law ship her off to an old age home for women. Lightsome Hall is run by Dr. & Mrs. Gambit who seek to introduce people to Inner Christianity, which is so Important that it requires Movements, Examination of Conscience, and Significant Capitalization. Attempting to recount the plot doesn't do the novel justice. Suffice it to say, the story is about women, bodies/appearance, aging, patriarchal religion, the sacred feminine, legends/stories/fictions, the apocalypse, and much more.

Carmella: People over seventy and under seven are very unreliable if they are not cats.

So true.
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