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D down a job dress smartly raise her daughter on her own and worship the beauty in life with a surprising joie de vivre Bringing her exceptional talent for detail character and scene to bear on the life of her mother Gordon gives us a deeply felt and p. Well I m going to take a page from Kristi s book and start a review mid bookCircling My Mother is this year s One Book One Saint Mary s book selection And to be honest I m having trouble figuring out why it was chosen Less than 100 pages in the book comes across as incredibly bitter and self serving The author appears to be using this book to express her hurt feelings and share the difficult times she went through most of which she blames on her family She spends a lot of space complaining that her family is the root of her problems but I can t imagine that the publishing of this book will do much to endear herself to them Perhaps she doesn t careIt s an outlet for her anger and resentment Perhaps this is a way to help the reader understand why her mother is the way it is but I m having trouble getting past my dislike for the narrator Lots of people go through difficult things every day and are able to find the strength to manage without being a whiny complainer I do hope this book turns around Perhaps the next few chapters will elicit a less visceral reaction I had hoped that this book would portray a strong female character but right now she s just coming across as being helpless I m not impressed or inspired I ll certainly pick the review back up when I finishOkay I finished the book And it didn t get any better I was actually compelled to take notes on my thoughts on how much I disliked it My notes include the following descriptionsVengefulSelf servingUnforgivingThe narrator is uick to judge and refuse forgiveness which is pretty hypocritical for someone who had an affair Honestly if it weren t for the narrator one might see this book as an interesting dialogue on the lives of immigrants in America and their complicated relationship with the Catholic church and specifically priests But then the author comes in with her negative thoughts blame and self pity My final note came from the last 2 chapters which were the most disjointed in the book Seriously decide what you want to write prose or poetry Anyway this line relating to the authors feelings after writing her tome fits how I felt after reading the book perfectly The task has exhausted me A good book should not exhaust you I realize it was probably difficult for the author to pry all of those hateful thoughts and memories from the depths of her brain but I have no sympathy So that s my review In total the One Book One Saint Mary s book campaign is 0 2 in my book with this one really tipping the scales in favor of skipping the whole thing next year My hope from this campaign was to be introduced to stories and characters with strength and perseverance something I could learn from or strive to In this case I ve been severely let down

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Circling My Mother A Memoir

Anna Gagliano Gordon who died in 2002 at the age of 94 was the personification of the culture of the mid century American Catholic working class A hard working single mother – Mary Gordon's father died when she was still a girl – she managed to hol. This is the second book I ve read by Mary Gordon I have an ambivalent attitude toward her as a writer She writes well but I think I don t like her as a person It would be interesting to see what I thought if I met her Mary Gordon s book about her mom is a lot about her herself really And she seems to harbor a lot of grudges and ill will toward people in her family Her self pride particularly about her childhood precocity also seeps through a lot in an annoying way I did the book interesting as a peep into mid century American Catholicism Finally this book is a collection of essays and toward the end there is suddenly a chapter that was jarring to me insofar as it was written in uite a different style from the others again with the chopped free associative phrasing is this poetic perhaps that makes you feel like you don t have the faintest idea what she s really trying to say and the sneaking suspicion that she doesn t either much like my experience of her entire Reading Jesus I hope I don t get drawn into reading Mary Gordon again because I will probably again find it compelling enough to read yet distasteful the old accident on the side of the road experience

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Owerfully moving book about their relationship Toward the end of Anna's life we watch the author care for her mother in old age beginning to reclaim from memory the vivid woman who helped her sail forth into her own life From the Trade Paperback editio. I did not particularly like this book The relationship between Ms Gordon and her mother is so strained and strange as are her relationships with her extended family aunts cousins Perhaps I could not understand the dynamics of a large Catholic family and the huge role the church played in it I founds myself skimming paragraph after paragraph of interior dialog as Gordon attempts to explain herself in relation to her mother both as a young woman and as she the mother became ill with alcoholism and old age A very sad tale indeed The chapters can be read as self contained essays each focused on a different aspect of Gordon s mother s life The only one of the chapters that resonated with me with any strength was the one that described Gordon s mother and her boss My mom also a single mother worked at the same occupation legal secretary and had the same kind of idol worship of her boss That chapter rang true to me


10 thoughts on “Circling My Mother A Memoir

  1. says:

    Mother mother your feet stinkYou're old and poor and you like to drinkStill you're a Catholic pure and trueMother mother I hate youNobody reads Mary Gordon expecting warmth insight empathy or humor From the very b

  2. says:

    This is the second book I've read by Mary Gordon I have an ambivalent attitude toward her as a writer She writes well but I think I don't like her as a person It would be interesting to see what I thought if I met her Mar

  3. says:

    After reading this actually 34 before I flung it down in disgustI wouldn't shake Mary Gordon's hand if she held it out to me A memoir is all about personal perspective but hers is so bitter and warped and skewed and I don't ask for

  4. says:

    No one will ever fault Mary Gordon for a lack of frankness or honesty In the past she has mined her rather difficult upbringing and family life for short stories novels essays and memoirs Now with Circling My Mother she shares intimate details of her often difficult relationship with her mother a woman afflicted with polio as a young girl and who was looked down upon by most of her relatives despite the fact that she f

  5. says:

    Well I'm going to take a page from Kristi's book and start a review mid bookCircling My Mother is this year's One Book One Saint Mary's book selection And to be honest I'm having trouble figuring out why it was chosen Less than 100 pages in the book comes across as incredibly bitter and self serving The author appears to be using this book to express her hurt feelings and share the difficult times she went through most

  6. says:

    Public library copy I was looking for something 'light' to read ha This is not light reading I read it uickly because that is what I do when I'm not comfortable with what I'm reading Some people don't finish the book; I read it uickly Let me tell you whyMy mother lived until just shy of her ninety fourth birthd

  7. says:

    I'm nearing the 75 mark for memoirs read Since I'm writing my own I'm trying to read as many as possible to study form language characterization setting tone etc I have read about 10 that are stellar and what I like about them most is that they are lyrical rather than literal they are reflective instead of judg

  8. says:

    This was a book club selection Some people loved it Some disliked it intensely Most were indifferent I can't claim to have read this book I skimmed most of it The book is supposed to be a memoir of her mother In reality it is about the author The picture it paints of the author are vey unflattering It starts and ends with short s

  9. says:

    I did not particularly like this book The relationship between Ms Gordon and her mother is so strained and strange

  10. says:

    A memoir about a complex mother daughter relationship the author's tone is self involved and excessively self important Even though each chapter's title begins with My Mother and the author makes this a story about her own internal ruminations including an excessive use of literaryphilosophicalartistic references and as a result provides a

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