This book had potential The style of writing was almost poetic, and had a beautiful way of flowing at times However, I m curious as to whether the author has actually ever set foot in a library, or spoken to an actual librarian, and knows what a library actually does and what being a librarian actually entails The stereotype of the librarian and the library in this story was disturbing, and not in the way I typically like my stories to be disturbing, but rather in a highly misrepresentational way Nor did I connect with any of the characters I kept hoping that eventually something was going to happen that made everything click together that would bring some color to them instead of the black and white and grey that I felt them in but it never did. This I know. Dramatis personae Avis, Harriet, Genevieve, Mercedes librariansA deaf mathematicianA photographerMrs BronsonMr BronsonOf this I am sure. Of nothing else can I be sure. The deaf mathematician and the photographer engage in metaphysical discussions but do they inhabit the same realm For art to succeed one needs to suspend disbelief. The photographer dies or not. The deaf mathematician is dead or not. Mr and Mrs Bronson annually acknowledge a tragedy outside the library. The librarians are facing momentous change the library, as they know it, is closing the books are being removed to make space for technologies the children s section is being re badged as The Pre Adult Centre Nightly they congregate at the local bar and ruminate what makes a library Strange wo Sorrow Proper Is A Novel Length Investigation Of The Anxiety That Accompanies Change A Group Of Aging Librarians Must Decide Whether To Fight Or Flee From The End Of Print And The Rise Of Electronic Publications, While The Parents Of The Young Girl Who Died In Front Of The Library Struggle With Their Role In Her Loss Anchored By The Transposed Stories Of A Photographer And His Deaf Mathematician Lover Each Mourning The Other S Death, The Sorrow Proper Attempts To Illustrate How Humans Of All Relations Lovers, [ Pdf The Sorrow Proper ✓ woodwork PDF ] by Lindsey Drager ↠´ Parents, Colleagues Cope With And Challenge Social Progress, A Mechanism That Requires We Ignore, And Ultimately Forget, The Residual In Order To Make Room For The New, To Tell A Story That Resists The End This Debut Novel Explores The Hypothetical End Of The Public Library System And A Young Theory In The Hard Sciences Called Many Worlds, A Branch Of Quantum Mechanics That Strives To Prove Mathematically That Our Lives Do Not Follow A Singular, Linear PathLindsey Drager S Prose Has Appeared Most Recently In Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Kenyon Review Online, And Elsewhere A Michigan Native, She Is A PhD Candidate At The University Of Denver Where She Edits The Denver Quarterly More convoluted than complex. RTCmaybe í The Sorrow Proper ☆ I know that I wrote 3 stars, but I m deeply conflicted about this one There s to this than the star rating I saw this author read over a year ago, and have been meaning to pick this one up for a while It began in a promising fashion, with the main characters being a deaf mathematician, a photographer, and a group of librarians watching their library close down The setting and characters were clearly laid out for me I m all about this premise I was ready The chapters are very short, and only chronicle a single brief incident in these character s lives Things are moving chronologically, and then things start to get crazy I started to become confused about what was literally happening, so I turned to the blurb at the back for assistance Apparently this book uses a garden of forking paths technique, presenting us with alter I picked this book up at my local library, first because I loved the cover, and second I found the title intriguing Sadly I could not read the synopsis on the back of the book because the library had pasted the scan bar right on top of it, so I went into reading this book ignorant to its plot Well I m so glad I did, because this book was a wonderfully surprisingly fantastic read I look forward to reading from this author in the future Here is a blurb from the publisher This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path. I don t usually read pretentious literary fiction, but I got sucked into checking out The Sorrow Proper by one of its themes the hypothetical end of the public library system I knew pretty early on it was a not a book for me, but since it was short 148 pages I figured I d finish it. From the first page The hair has fallen out of the bottoms of their weak buns and their pocketbooks are tight against their sides In the parking lot, the rain staining their cardigans dark, they decide to get a drink All those shelves and shelves of books All that noise they d been so diligent to hush Um, stereotype much The Sorrow Proper is full of library and librarian stereotypes and, well, pretentiousness Everything about this book is depressing from the relationship between the deaf mathematician and the photographer, which sometimes ends in her death and sometime
I m a librarian and I did not find myself in this group of aging, despairing librarians, who gather nightly to drink too much and mourn the passing of the idea and the existence of the library as a place of books The author did not seem to know much about librarians and for that I could be critical, but I can forgive her for that because her book was not really set in my world, but in a parallel, different yet strikingly familiar world The story is bleak and spare, colored in black and white and ambiguous shades of gray There is love and loss and uncertainty and that I can truly relate to Another review called it pretentious, but I would disagree. the story stretched to capture possibilities that are difficult to put words to In a world where they a That which will be shrunkmust first be stretched. That which will be weakenedMust first be strengthened. That which will be torn downMust first be raised up. That which will be takenMust first be given. Chapter 36 of the Tao The above selection from the Tao simply states that for something to be anything, it must first be something else For someone to become a teacher, they must first be a student For an organization to close, it must first be opened In order to feel loss, there must first be a sense of connection, or ownership For something to cease to exist, it must first have existed It s a rule that teaches change is a constant, despite our desire for consistency Non existence gives birth to life, life gives way to death, death gives way to memory, and memory fades back into non existence It is cyclical in nature, and even though the pa Haunting, spare, and lovely My library shelves it as science fiction, but I think it s metaphysical fiction as a group of librarians ponder the closing of the library, a deaf mathematician and a photographer meet, fall in love, and in parallel universes mourn each other s untimely death.
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