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The Gate: Things my Mother told me Paperback – Nov 21 2007
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About the Author
Stanislaw Kapuscinski, (aka Stan I.S. Law) an architect, sculptor and prolific writer, was educated in Poland and England. A refugee from Poland at 13, then at 33, having overcome numerous difficulties, he began his search for the secret of life. Now, he is a successful writer, happily married for 30 years, with an assured future. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. At times he seeks inspiration in the Peruvian Andes, or solitude under sail. His books (articles, short stories, poetry) attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of Human Potential. He authored more than thirty books, eighteen of them novels. His non-fiction explores Ancient Myths, Biblical Symbolism, Immortality and the mystery of Visualization. Three volumes of Essays (Beyond Religion) investigate the Nature of Being. Generally, if you suspect you are more than flesh and bones, read Stan Law. If you want to be sure, read Stanislaw Kapuscinski.
Top Customer Reviews
As we read this novel we experience initially in an honest and unsentimental way the journey of a man in his nineties towards his end. He suffers from Alzheimer’s. On reflection, he does not actually “suffer”. He lives with Alzheimer’s, which is not the same as “suffer”. The old man and his ten year younger wife, Mrs. Kordos, spend their remaining years in the Institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mrs. Kordos is around eighty at the beginning of the novel. She is also the mother of the first person narrator of the novel. His name is Steven. Apart from the people already mentioned, there are another three central characters in “The Gate – Things My Mother Told Me”. They are a female nurse, a male nurse and a retired priest. Other interesting characters in the novel, albeit playing minor rolls, are the narrator’s younger wife and his brother.
Throughout the novel, the real protagonist is Mrs. Kordos. Apart from brief flashbacks to her youth, we get to know her at around the age of eighty and accompany her on her final journey through life.
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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!
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.