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Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
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Jul 21, 2007

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This book describes the agony of a parent losing a child, of grief and not letting go. In Western cultures, we'd grieve and then tell another person "to get on with it" if the grieving is prolonged. An Asian person would be able to understand how the dead continued to live on.

The first section of the book was warm and sorrowful. Dunmore's style is fluid and evocative - her characters are real people. However, the sections of the book in which Joe's writing is included are weak. I kinda understand why she included them - how art can transform experience; however, the writing is not strong and the section where she includes Joe's notes on character. I see enough of my notes that I don't want to read someone else's.

So the wonderful sections on Rebecca, Adam, Ruby and Rebecca's relationship with Joe are wonderful; the rest can be skipped.

I'm looking forward to getting a hold of Dunmore's book of short stories - "Ice Cream."
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