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Memory Wax Alan Singer

Memory Wax

Alan Singer

Published June 1st 1996
ISBN : 9781573660143
Hardcover
142 pages
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In Memory Wax a husbands unfaithfulness unleashes the quasi-mythic violence of his wifes bloodiest imaginings. Somewhere between her thoughts and her deeds the reader stands witness to the knowledge that doing justice to ones own experienceMoreIn Memory Wax a husbands unfaithfulness unleashes the quasi-mythic violence of his wifes bloodiest imaginings. Somewhere between her thoughts and her deeds the reader stands witness to the knowledge that doing justice to ones own experience entails the most grotesque transfigurations. Delta Tells, the eloquent protagonist of Singers novel, testifies to this belief in a riveting succession of scenes which pit her against the intimidations of an intractable physical world: the sexual indifference of her husband, the physical jealousies and recalcitrant organs of the women to whom she ministers as midwife, the gravity of her own troubled motherhood, and the authorities who suspect her of committing an unimaginable crime against Nature. Deltas telling of this crime is meant to be the unravelling of anyone who might believe it. And so the husbands desperation to test the truthfulness of his wifes vengeful tale begins to loom as a portentous question about how we gauge the limits of our experience - sexual, intellectual, emotional - or whether any such limits apply.