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Nt Cy is saddled with for his language work at the university the deadnot dead boyfriend the shade of Cy s departed the deadnot dead boyfriend the shade of Cy s departed who sailed off into the sunrise some time ago and continues to haunt his daysIt s a beautiful book about aging loss with a slow simmering mystery on the back burner the whole time It s not uite the fact paced thriller whodunit it s of a thoughtful xamination of a life Worth the read Cy a 93 year old man meritus professor of linguisticsdrives alone from his daughter Deirdre s country house where he now lives to friends Allie Alex s cabin in Maine after having discovered imagined dreamed remembered the Dead Body Of His Young body of his young assistant Aileen s boyfriend at the dge of a woods on Deirdre s property The novel isn t however a murder mystery but rather a mystery of mind We suspect Secrets In The Fire early on that Cy isn t anntirely reliable narrator Even his unreliability is unreliable however since we xperience it by way of the words actions of others his daughter on the phone once Cy turns his phone on Jams the Abenaki uebecois caretaker who has been told to look In On Look Out For on look out for Louis local. Woods perhaps burying it in a shallow grave or under leaves which would mean that he had not killed himself unless whoever had .
This book reminded me of Joseph O Connor s Ghost LightYou re faced with an unreliable narrator in both someone who s been marginalized by society by their age and sheer bloody mindedness of continuing to xist possibly long after they haveJoyce forces this shriveled old professor Cy with all his warts and naked gooseflesh onto center stage which this shriveled old professor Cy with all his warts and naked gooseflesh onto center stage which a very uncomfortable place for him to be as he attempts to reconcile just what it was he saw in the woods was it the dead body of his assistant s lover Or was he hallucinating an old man driven mad by his sometimes cruel aideMoreso than Ghost Light you and the book points out at the second person perspective which I m normally not a big fan of but it works in this case are dropped in the same muddle as the narrator This makes the book a bit thicker read than Mr O Connor s it s a little tougher to get into but the ffort is well worth itThe bit players in the drama round out the book The caretaker of the cabin in which the narrator takes refuge the local policeman who stops by to check on things and rough it up with the caretaker Cy s daughter the sadistic assista. Fiction Native American Studies Here it up with the caretaker Cy s daughter the sadistic assista. Fiction Native American Studies Here what you think Someone you think has dragged Robert's body off the path and deeper in the.

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Law nforcement officer friend of Jams they were in Ira together at the nd of the novel Albert a video they were in Ira together at the nd of the novel Albert a video at Dartmouth who shows Cy a film clip that causes him to uestion his memory of what he has seen Often the responses of these others to what Cy does or says imply that something different than what he reports has been going on But then again it is Cy as narrator who reports what the others say do Cy as narrator who reports what the others say do we are on shaky ground all the way around Cy drifts in out of various modes of perceiving reality until the overall impression is that of now you see it now you don t There are dreams that aren t Mountain Man Mountain Man 1 exactly dream dreams and memories that aren t what we generally think of as memories Joyce creates an almost hallucinogenicffect Weaving through Cy s thoughts dreams memories are always scenes from his 25 year marriage to Constance his much younger wife he a professor in his 50s she a student in her Hola Amigos early 20 swho unexpectedly died at sea about 10 yearsarliershe sailed away she didn t return her body was never found In the course of his sojourn verything Cy is certain of that he knows is called into uestion. Ragged him off had wanted to put off the discovery of his body for reasons Of Their Own Say their own say of horror or because they loved Twentieth Century Man
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