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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: INHOUSEPRESS (Dec 11 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978026705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978026707
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,560,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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I’ve read several novels by Stan I.S. Law, aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski. They all, without exception, deserved five stars. This one, however, deserves more – FIVE PLUS. I can’t recall that I’ve read in recent years a book that had a greater impact on me. For a start, the book reads like a biography about the last years of the author’s parents. I don’t know to what extent this may or may not be the case. If it is the case, even only to some extent, I have to admit I envy the author for the family environment in which he grew up. This would have been an environment dominated by love, by a deep sense of mutual acceptance and by stimulating conversations of an intellectual, philosophical and spiritual nature.
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.
What a woman!
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for those who never saw the evolution of someone living with Alzheimer or dementia, it is an quite accurate description
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HASH(0x9deb4fcc) out of 5 stars Great story of an elderly woman that won’t leave you indifferent Jan. 18 2014
By yania - Published on
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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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deb60c0) out of 5 stars Moving and a story we all can relate to March 8 2014
By Let's Read Charles - Published on
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deb6480) out of 5 stars The Gate -- a must Jan. 29 2008
By M. Beaulieu - Published on
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deb68a0) out of 5 stars The Gate -Things my Mother Told Me' a must buy! Feb. 25 2012
By Margo Kirtikar - Published on
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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.
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HASH(0x9deb68d0) out of 5 stars Beautiful story of older years Nov. 6 2010
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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.