A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory -- and very few eyes can see the Mystery of his life -- a lie like the scriptures, figurative. And I mention this because I've heard many people say that these three books can be read in any order -- since they don't have the linear storyline of a The Lord of the Rings -- but why not read them in the order written?
The Door Last night I received a phone call from a friend. It was already quite late and I was just going to bed, my mouth still tingly and minty-fresh from toothpaste. She had called to tell me that her dad, who went into the hospital this week, had sort of taken a wee turn for the worse, and she had just found out about it.
Today, he was scheduled to go for one of these CAT scans? I am not sure. I abandoned my witticisms for the time being, and expressed my regret that such an eventuality had I never quite know what to say Now before I go on too far here, I want to throw in a bit of a disclaimer.
This blog is going to sound as though I am very unsympathetic or unempathetic, or that I myself am very pathetic, when it comes to the plight of others. That would be a misconception.
I never ever belittle the seriousness of physical affliction. I myself hate pain. I detest illness in myself, and I hate to see or even hear of any sort of pain, discomfort, or loss of dignity, that comes from any sort of sustained illness My own father passed away in after a lengthy illness and to see how this once powerful, strong, robust man When we hear of it afflicting a dear loved one, we can almost react at times as if, until this point, we had no idea any such thing as illness existed.
We thought we were immune to it. This is exactly what I was listening to, on the phone last night. She was extremely traumatized. Knew she was not going to be able to sleep, and probably would not be able to go to work the next day.
These things are completely understandable. But she kept saying I am not going to be able to get through this. I desperately want to say He CAN be sick. In fact he IS sick I try to make her see it without me saying it How old is your dad now? When we are in our seventies, I mean, the body is getting up there in years Maybe they will find that there is not all that much wrong See, I sat there in silence and realized that what she was really saying is that she does not want to allow her father to be sick.
Not NOW and stuff!
I am not saying that her honest love for her father is diminished by this perspective she has of the situation, not at all, but I am saying that his illness is not about her.
And this is what she must remember. His illness is about him, and she needs to allow for this, in her heart and in her mind. I will have a myriad of reactions. But not one of them will be utter shock and surprise. Well, mostly because I am already expecting that phone call.
It will not arrive on the wings of impossibility. Not one of my reactions will be like those of my friend last night, who is literally incapacitated right now Is there something that can prevent it? Some attitude we can adopt?
I do not pretend to know that I have the answer to that question.Lyre of Orpheus, The, Robertson Davies (Viking, ) (read fall ) [Next review] [Preceding review] [Back to fiction directory] The third book in the Cornish trilogy.
Like the others, this is wonderfully entertaining and displays a vast knowledge of (or research into) many fields, especially art, art history, music, opera, and theater. Davies considered bringing the couple back in The Lyre of Orpheus as opera consultants, but decided against it (see the Cornish Trilogy notebook in , file , RDF).
gade, arne, is a Danish pianist who plays the Schumann Fantasie and other similar repertoire at the salons of the Ladies (CM –13). Jack Maggs skilfully mingles events copied from Dickens’s life with a reworking of the plot of Great Expectations to create a new narrative that is both a powerful historical novel and a subtle examination of ‘character’ in life and in fiction.
This is the third book in the Cornish trilogy from the pen of Robertson Davies (the others being Rebel Angels and What's Bred in the Bone). This book is told from the perspective of Simon Darcourt who was an executor of the will of Francis Cornish and who has been commissioned to 4/5(16). - The Lyre of Orpheus, Robertson Davies; - The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, Alan Cooper; Bishop presents a thoughtful examination of religion and personal relationships.
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