Earlier, the novel used to appear in episodes in press Kurier Poranny. Complicated, poetic and individual. Jesus, that was horrible. They have three children.
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Apr 26, Bob Newman rated it really liked it a desolate life of plenty Granddaughter of Polish exiles in far Russia, Rose moves to Warsaw as a young girl, but speaks with a Russian accent. She is thus separate. She falls in love with music and Michael. Music never bestows fame or fortune on her and Michael leaves her for another woman. Rose marries, Adam, a schoolteacher who can never understand her. She never loves him either, but pines for "her Michael" all her life.
They have three children. One son dies as a child, the youngesta a desolate life of plenty Granddaughter of Polish exiles in far Russia, Rose moves to Warsaw as a young girl, but speaks with a Russian accent. This novel is a portrait of unhappiness turned into a weapon, a tool with which Rose tyrannizes her family over the years. It is a most unpleasant portrait though, I hasten to say, very well-written of a woman who uses all her information and her wildly-fluctuating moods to spoil the happiness of her husband, her children, and their families.
They cannot gauge her moods, they only expect caustic remarks and over-emotional responses to everything.
The surviving son dotes on his mother while trying to break free at the same time. She in turn looks to him to "save" her. The message is that she can only save herself.
The daughter succeeds in music, both helped and held back by her mother. If you have ever seen the Danish movie "Melancholia", you will find something of that theme here.
Depression is something that ruins the world of all those around it. In the movie it is compared to a planet due to crash into the Earth. It is a masterful psychological study without much of a plot. The author wrote amazing pages about feelings for music, the only refuge of the caustic, unpredictable, over-protective woman who needed psychiatric help but received it too late. The author, at least in the English-speaking world, is hardly known, but should be.
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As a girl, she is deeply affected by her ethnic differences. However, her alienation grows even bigger when she moves to Warsaw in order to take up violin lessons. She finds out that she is a stranger wherever she comes. The young girl experiences a dramatic love disappointment and then — as it later proves — an artistic failure. She decides to marry a man she does not love. Her family life is a losing streak.