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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

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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. 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 facts in my memoirs not necessarily but it seems so EXAGGERATED For proof read the chapter about her Aunts and how she paints them in the vilest bitterest colors and how she is just a sensitive child who was so terribly treated I think I threw it down after she complained in the most hysterical way about horrors being forced to help clean the house on Saturdays instead of being left alone to play or read Dear Mary Gordon I had to spend my childhood Saturdays cleaning the house too and I didn t like it would rather have read but guess what it s called teaching a child responsibility and pitching in and helping with the house that they live in and it s not punishment among the harsh chemicals it s life Your single mother and working Aunts probably didn t want to clean on Saturdays either Get over it just not in print thanksSincerelyMe

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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


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 beginning this renowned Irish American intellectual has specialized in hate But up until now she's been smart enough to restrict her hatred to safe targets In every book whether fiction or non fictio

  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 Mary

  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

  4. says:

    No one will ever fault Mary Gordon for a lack of frankness or honesty In the past she has mined her rather diff

  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 On

  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 judgmental they are embodied rather than summarized So the problems I had with this particular memoir wer

  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 T

  9. says:

    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 w

  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 rumination