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Swing Low by Miriam Toews
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Aug 15, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, read-in-2011, read-in-september

I appreciate the different perspective this story brings us – the inner mind of a manic depressive as he spirals towards suicide. I felt his confusion and desperate desire to be someone other than who he was, yet I found myself skimming the last half of the book. The book was full of emotion, regret and longing but for me it just got lost in the presentation. There were no quotations and it felt as it if the book was one long never-ending paragraph. This was probably intentional, a way to show the trail his mind ran in his final days but I just wasn’t in the right reading mode for it I suppose.

In all honesty, it somewhat came across as what I have always imagined my Great Grandpa was thinking as he got lost in the depths of dementia and Alzheimer’s towards the end of his life. The loss of understanding the here and now – the obsession with the past – the hyper-focus on odd items. Which, made me a bit sad – the heartache and loss in both my Great Grandpa’s mind and in XXXX in the book.

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Reading Progress

August 15, 2011 – Shelved
August 15, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 6, 2011 – Started Reading
September 7, 2011 –
page 88
36.67% "Hmmmm"
September 8, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-september
September 8, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
September 8, 2011 – Finished Reading

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