Carlos Pariente A Pariente A itibaren Semin, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Endonezya
There is little sex in this pocket history of sex. What you have is a memoir that is powerful and affecting. Jane deal with memory of her fractured family, her father committing suicide, in despair with designing soulless buildings and harassed for his bi-sexuality, when she is 9 or ten and her mother descending into madness as the children form a band the three of them to cope before the mother is institutionalized and the children placed with an aunt wiht four children of her own and a disintegrating marriage. The first half of the book ends with Kennedy's assasination. (the end of an era to be sure) It is tight and taut. The second half of the book is more impressionistic and has been criticized by several reviewers put off by the change of tone. But, I think it is because childhood memories are so vivid when time is so slow, almost stands still for reflection and assessment whereas as a person gets older time races far faster with a cacaphony of stress, noise, and responsibilty. It is difficult to assess and to process, so it necessarily is more impressionistic. For Jane life is an amalgamation of the living and the dead, that is for her irresistable. She tries to understand her father and mother and wishes she could repair there incomplete and tragic failure to cope while at the same time knowing that there struggles and adventures are part of her psyche that she would not trade, and could not trade, for they are so much of what Jane is. I have heard many of Jane's stories over the years, but to have the interwoven in this lustrous book makes me appreciate her all the more. Anyone who has had the good fortune to come into contact with Jane must read this book as should all others that enjoy good writing and story telling. Finally, reviewers have struggled with how to take this book. All praise the first half, man are disappointed , unjustifiably in my view, with the second half but the Sunday New York Times Book Review in the form of a graphic review by cartoonist and author Alison Bechdel that is a first for the Book Review and is terrific in its insights and originality. It si aso great fun and fitting for the offbeat zaniness of Jane.