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Posted May 7, 2002
An atmospheric tragedy
'Why the Tree Loves the Ax' is a compelling work that moves like clouds across the expanse of the desert sky of a life. Caroline Harrison reminds me of women I've known and been in love with and how intoxicating as well as unsettling a life of aimlessness and searching can be. In one sense it seems like Caroline was beyond hope after her husband's betrayal and was searching for reasons real or imagined, to remain in the world. Her solitary life after her marriage dissipates, forces her to see through her flimsy facade and confront who she really is. She never really looks at herself squarely though, kind of like looking into a window so you only see your reflection, and not what's inside. In this sense Lewis touches universal truths of the human experience and a tragedy that is common to all in varying degrees. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2000
Wonderful book about shape-shifting woman
I found this book lying on a table, picked it up, and could hardly put it down. Lewis is a master of language--truly gifted. He evokes a strange tale, and in the adventure, we explore the idea of identity itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.