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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: #1,347,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 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.
2 of 2 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!
2 of 2 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gate - A Compelling Read March 20 2011
By Donna A. Piecuch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was the first Stan Law book that I read, and I have become an instant fan. Law's tale about old age and retirement homes takes takes us on both an intellectual and spiritual journey, and it is a wonderfully enlightening read.

Throughout this tale of an aging Polish wife and mother who struggles to understand her own mortality and those of her friends and loved ones, Law teaches us about life, love, friendship, loneliness, religion, etc.

The author is obviously a scholar in many of the topics noted above which he presents throughout the book in strikingly detailed narratives, yet he draws the reader in, then lets them form their own conclusions on the information presented, rather than forcing his opinions on the reader.

While at times a very challenging read, it takes us on a great journey that leaves us better at the end of the book then we were before we started.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of older years Nov. 6 2010
By Elzbieta W - Published on Amazon.com
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In the context of society's obsession with youth, and most peoples' disinterest in, if not fear of old age, Stan I S Law has chosen to write about a very difficult subject. Yet he has created a beautiful, moving story. I recommend this book, having read it with pleasure myself, and having bought two further copies as presents for my friends.
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