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Epilogue: A Memoir

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Journey Through Age

    Epilogue a Memoir by Anne Roiphe does not only describe the lost of her beloved Husband H, but the difficulties she has faced through out all her life. With each issue she had countered, whether it was going through the lost of her mother to her divorce in her first marriage, she had the courage to let her pain out gracefully then let her adversities get to her character. One major theme in this book is the wisdom of growing older. Anne learned that with each challenge that was brought to her in life, the challenge made her stronger. Another theme would be love. Anne had the fear that if she could never love again. That she might not be able to find someone to complete her like H did, that she was destined to be a "loveless corpse" for the rest of her life. Her daughters encourage her to go on a dating website to see if she can maybe find someone who can keep her entwine with her like H did. Anne agrees, and goes through many trials of emails of men who don't just comfort her, but teach her new lessons about herself. The writing metaphors and similes in this book were justly enjoyable. The reader truthfully feels that your right their having a heart to heart connection with her on the lessons of life. Their were some grammar issues that I did not like such as using and repeatedly when you easily can use colons to separate the list for use of and. Through out the book though, the reader will get use to the improper grammar usage and be exhilarated for her fluent vocabulary. Similar works the reader might take pleasure in reading is Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Ablom. This book has a similar theme of having a thoughtful loving connection to the main character (Morrie) and his powerful outlooks on life. This is a book for someone who is fond of writers that engrave within their heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    I could relate to this book on every level. Having become a widow in the past two years, there was so much I could feel in a similar way. In a way, it was amazing to see the similarities in both the deceased husband, and mine, and she and myself.

    I thought the book was well written. It was sensitive and covered so many subjects. I would recommend this book for anyone suffering a loss, or for those who are friends with those who are going through grief to experience a better understanding. It had many highs, and many lows, but I appreciated both as a necessary part of the process. The author is a sensitive, caring individual, but not in any way dramatic or depressing in her writing. It is all from the heart, and I loved the book and have since purchased it for a few friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2009


    This is a book I hesitated to pick up because the topic is one of my fears - the feelings of a woman whose husband has died after many years of a close relationship. I read it because I had read and enjoyed other books by this author. The book is honest, beautifully written. I lost myself in this book, and that doesn't often happen. Thank you to the author for writing this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Rebuilding a life...

    Anne Roiphe had been married to H for 39 years when he died, suddenly, of a heartattack. The author, in her 60¿s, expects to live many more years. But how, after 39 years of marriage, do you start to build a life without your beloved husband? Anne picks up where Joan Didion in ¿Year of Magical Thinking¿ left off. ¿Epilogue¿ explores how she began to rejoin the living, even when she didn¿t want to. Her daughters, convinced she needs another husband, put a personal ad in the New York Times Book Review seeking a mate for her. Her subsequent adventures in dating are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest. In the end, Anne discovers that a new man may not be what she needs at all. I thought this was an absolutely groundbreaking book! Many women are widowed at a time when they can expect to live many years beyond their spouse. Anne gives us a glimpse of what life is like for these women and the unique emotional and practical issues they face. I appreciated her dedication to honesty, even when it showed her in a less then favorable light. Many of her dating stories provided much needed comic relief. In the end, this is a story of a woman who learns that she is stronger then she ever knew. I listened to the audio version of this book and Lorna Raver¿s narration fits the memoir perfectly. I especially loved her querulous response to friends her tell her to dye her hair ¿I don¿t want to.¿ Unless, of course, she can dye it purple!

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