Brand : Christine Schutt

Florida [Paperback] [2005] (Author) Christine Schutt

R. geweniger |

Difficult but still worth reading

A somewhat difficult read, primarily because the language while being poetic is also somewhat scattered, lonely and at times unexpected because it maintains the thought patterns of a child - bouncing from idea to idea. while it was difficult, it was worth struggling through because in the end the story was well enough told and i enjoyed it. i'm looking forward to seeing the next book from christine schutt

Kindle customer |

No in between

If you have lived with mental illness in your family, i believe that you can understand many parts of this story. if you haven't, it will probably be pretty foreign or have an entirely different meaning for you. there many analogies in this story to connect with the characters that go far beyond alice being a virtual orphan. note how bad relationships for both alices have "walters". florida, a sunny warm place, represents safety for both alices, yet they both remain in cold climates until the mother alice gets out of the san from which she really isn't cured. daughter alice is functioning, but has many of her own issues which can be seen to be represented by her remaining living in the cold climes of new york. as is often the case, uncle billy and aunt frances have finally discovered that they have, if not love, then a deep acceptance for one another foibles, in their old age. this is often a real happening. once couples hit a certain age or place in their in their marriages, they tend to be accepting and to stop looking outside for excitement and place energy. y to the marriage. they have finally resolved their issues and moved to their warmer clime, tucson. this is what alice sees, but i don't think she understands. this story highlights the problem of elderly abuse from alice knowing her nonna wants to eat certain foods and still allowing her to be forced to being forced to eat other things to being forced to wearing clothing that causes her pain. her mother loses her dignity by being forced to eat with patients who are insane and tease her mercifully about being younger. her aunt and uncle are continuously robbed and alice is aware of it yet she is aware of it. later, she allows their driver to drive faster than instructed even though he has been told to drive slower several times by his employer, her elderly aunt. theses are all examples of elderly abuse that could have, and should have, been stooped. because no one has ever told alice the truth of how her father really died or what kind of man her father was, she has continually made up dreams about him and how he died. in many ways this has made her life more difficult because she has never had any kind of closure about him.

Michael m. dutton |

A poignant, highly enagaing bit of poetic prosody...

A poignant, highly engaging bit of poetic prosody. a veritable gem of a novel. thank you, ms. schutt, i would continue doing what you're doing so well.