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The Gate [Paperback]

Stan I. S. Law

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Book Description

Dec 11 2007
An intimate novel of an eighty-year old women spending the last years of her life at the Institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The problems she must face are as different as they are unexpected from anything one can imagine in the 'outside' world, not the least of which is her husband's gradual deterioration under the unforgiving progression of Alzheimer's disease. As we follow the inevitable loss of her own faculties, we discover what unexpected compensations nature offers to those whom no one else can help. Surprisingly, the book is spiced with abundant humour....

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Inhousepress (Dec 11 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978026705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978026707
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,558,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and a story we all can relate to March 8 2014
By Let's Read Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a particularly moving story from Stan I.S. Law that appeals to emotions and experiences that we all can relate to. I think a theme that struck me was that common identity and love for our family regardless of national identity or ethnic background. There are strong elements of religion - and not just one, that I, and other readers can gain a great deal of insight from. I appreciate the first-person writing style, and the sophisticated way in which our protagonist explores such profound realities, while sharing them with readers.

Though you know where the book is heading, you can't quite lock down how we are going to get there, or what we are going to learn on that journey. The Gate: Things my Mother told Me, is a beautiful memoir that I will not easily forget.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of an elderly woman that won’t leave you indifferent Jan. 18 2014
By Janja - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I love to read good and somewhat more different stories about life and “The GATE: Things my Mother told Me« is certainly one of those that will remain in my memory for a long time.

The story focuses on an elderly Polish woman who is reflecting on her life experiences and her life in general. The book is declaration of her life and her thinking about her memories, growing old, friendship, family, love, loyalty and also religion, disease and death. Through the reading we can notice dramatic and also some humorous moments.

The story is well written, it is interesting and easy to read and most important, it really draws you into it. Also, the characters are very vivid. It is a great reading that definitely won’t leave you indifferent. I recommend it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gate -Things my Mother Told Me' a must buy! Feb. 25 2012
By Margo Kirtikar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unusual, captivating heart warming story of mysteries of the mind, memories and experiences, loneliness, love and loyalty, life and death both sad and beautifully told, reminding us that there's no running away from old age. It creeps up on us and knocks on our door and ready or not, its up to us to welcome it, with tears and fear or then with humor and grace. I recommend this book highly for both old and young. Margo Kirtikar Ph.D.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gate -- A haunting, contemplative work Jan. 18 2008
By Kate Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Stan Law must be one of today's most unusual writers: he can create intellectual excitement with nothing but introspective dialogues, mind-stretching explorations of complex concepts like life, death, love and loyalty. This saga of an elderly Polish woman who records, for her sons' benefit, her thoughts as she ages and loses one faculty after another, has such authenticity of voice that one wonders whether it is really fiction. She is blessed with sons who visit her in the elder hospice and engage her in deep philosophical conversations. The author's erudition ranges over religions, Buddhism, spiritualism, and one rejoices that this 90-year-old woman's mind is as sharp and penetrating as her sons'. The writing has classical grandeur and poetic beauty, the characters are vividly drawn, especially the nurses' helper, a giant of a man named Raphael whose sensitivities and erudition match the author's. This is a jewel of a piece of writing, with an honesty that makes transcendence and incontinence equally noble a part of the narrative. If you value the life of the mind, this book is for you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gate -- a must Jan. 29 2008
By M. Beaulieu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been a fan of Stan Law for some time and the Gate is one of his best. A departure from his international spiritual thrillers, this book locks us away in the unknown world of a retirement home where people waste away waiting. But through this bizarre world that most of us hope never to find, Law creates vast landscapes of memory and experience where an old woman teaches us that god isn't a big guy on a cloud and that what we do day to day is only part of what life is really about. A must read for the old and the young.

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