Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Stone Angel
I decided this morning that I wasn't going to do anything today except read.
And I did. I spent most of the day reading an amazing book. I just finished it. And it was so amazing that now I want to talk about it. Process it. Think about it more. Tell everyone I know to go read it.
Would others love it as I have loved it today?
Here's the basic plot: An old woman, Hagar, is at the end of her miserable life, living with the son and his wife she never much cared for. Her son and his wife want to put her in a home. Hagar goes in and out of the present and the past, remembering what has happened, thinking about what is to come. Hagar is quite unhappy and almost always has been so. Her mother died when she was born and her father was unbearably strict. She married a man more to spite her father than for any other reason. She loved only her youngest son and he was a bitter disappointment to her.
So, here she is, at the end of her life, unloved, mean-spirited, cruel.
An amazing portrait of a old woman, a not-very-nice woman, the truest portrait I can ever remember reading.
My online book group is reading this book together this month. I must zip over there now and see what others have to say about it.
Has anyone else read it? Heard of it? I would love to hear your thoughts.