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Life in a Day
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0807070882, Hardcover)With the recent plethora of memoirs delving into traumatic lives and despairing experiences, this quiet memoir from the author of The Book of Knowledge and Fifty Days of Solitude is charmingly refreshing. We follow the 77-year-old novelist through a day, eavesdropping on her daily fussings and the interior conversations she conducts with the muses that enable her to write, including Dylan Thomas, Somerset Maugham, and her friend, the late May Sarton. With digressive sidetrips inspired by whatever distracts Grumbach from her quiet daily processes, we enter a rich world of memory and thought informed by a lifetime of books and letters. Sorry, no teenage traumas or bouts with alchoholism or bulimia here--just a fine artist at the top of her craft.
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With quiet eloquence, Grumbach leads the reader from a predawn meditation on the Book of Common Prayer through the next eighteen hours of one day in her seventy-seven years. Her fierce and reductive eye transforms a single pot of oxalis into a whole garden. Memories of travels and connections with other people expand the confines of her home to an infinite space. The view of the cove from her kitchen window seems to encompass all the world. As we follow her through a. Day's activities and exercises in procrastination, Grumbach's grace, humor, and insight alert us to the transience of each day and the constant play between past and present. With charming illustrations that include a Duchamp painting, postcards from past excursions, and fragments torn from newspapers, Life in a Day is an elegant meditation on age and memory. It will delight any reader for whom the life of the mind holds endless possibilities.
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