MutterKind = Motherkind

MutterKind Motherkind Although we know from its first page that the protagonist s mother is dying of cancer Jayne Anne Phillips s rich involving novel is not a story of loss but of connection Thirty year old Kate an unm

  • Title: MutterKind = Motherkind
  • Author: Jayne Anne Phillips
  • ISBN: 382700280X
  • Page: 194
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  • Although we know from its first page that the protagonist s mother is dying of cancer, Jayne Anne Phillips s rich, involving novel is not a story of loss but of connection Thirty year old Kate, an unmarried poet, has traveled home to tell her mother, Katherine, that she is expecting a child A few months later, Katherine will be compelled to move into her daughter s chaotAlthough we know from its first page that the protagonist s mother is dying of cancer, Jayne Anne Phillips s rich, involving novel is not a story of loss but of connection Thirty year old Kate, an unmarried poet, has traveled home to tell her mother, Katherine, that she is expecting a child A few months later, Katherine will be compelled to move into her daughter s chaotic suburban household The birth of Kate s baby approached and her mother consented to chemotherapy, consented to leaving home, consented to never going home again, where she d lived all her life She crossed all those lines in her wheelchair, without a whimper, moving down an airport walkway In its cage, her little dog made a sound Hush, she said For the balance of MotherKind, the narrative focus shifts between this visit to the country like time travel to a sepia toned world of unpolluted streams, flowering meadows, and rural gas stations and the new life Kate is building with Matt, her unruly stepsons, and newborn Alexander, while Katherine slowly dies upstairs As Phillips moves back and forth, she emphasizes the continuity of human life, rather than individual endings or beginnings, and functions like thought itself obsessively returning to a few prized details, puzzling over old mysteries, making occasional random discoveries or unexpected insights, like treasures turned up by a garden hoe Recalling her sadness and admiration as she watched her mother rolling toward her in the airport wheelchair, Kate is struck by a realization that all lines of transit came together in a starry radiance too bright to observe, a magical realm where manly cowboys glanced away from death and rode on through big skyed plains and sage Though her third novel may contain all the emotional ingredients of a made for television movie, Phillips avoids tear jerking through the use of precisely observed details the plastic medicine spoon for her mother s morphine, the Christmas songs that double as lullabies for little Alexander and the absence of clich She has even side stepped, at the end, the requisite death bed scene, knowing that there is almost no way left to write about such moments without recourse to received language and images MotherKind uncovers the mixed sources of maternal strength in love, habit, and necessity Regina Marler

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    1. The dialogue was strained, and the descriptions overly detailed. I got almost halfway but I just don't care what happens to Katherine and Kate and the dog Katrina Kay, so I quit.

    2. I'm not a mother, but a stepmother. My mother died alone in 2009, two months after my father. They lived in NC; I live in Maine. But they had all kinds of friends and a few nearby family, my sister and her husband, who were with them most often.I don't have time to write alot now, but I know my rating is due to the patient, lyrical Phillips style, as well as my feeling connected to virtually all the draws and themes - home, family, parenting, loving, losing, living on the perimeter of those you [...]

    3. Having cared and lost my mother, I assumed I would relate a lot to this character. Not so much the case. I almost gave up on this book, over detailed. I wish I would have enjoyed it more.

    4. Moderskärlek, Utgivningsår: 2000 ISBN: 9137116304En stillastående skildring av en nybliven mamma. Hennes egen mamma är samtidigt döende i cancer.

    5. 3 ½ stars really; such a quiet novel, intentionally so, Phillips’ details and choices in style giving off the silent aura of the early days of post-partum concurrent with the final days of a young mother’s mother dying of cancer with Hospice care—you can hear the rhythmic ticking of the baby’s swing and the slow steps of the elder mother as she sets the table carrying one plate at a time… I love the novel’s lay-out, its predictable but shimmering slowness, but some of the layering s [...]

    6. Ever read a book where the ending was all but certain, and still find it interesting?Such was the case with Mother Kind by Jayne Anne Phillips. Throughout the book, it was obvious that the mother character would pass away, yet the stories from Kate's past and the strengthening relationship between mother and daughter kept me as a reader coming back. Themes of growth, re-birth, love, family, learning new horizons, etc. filled the text, but never took away from one another. Phillips' usual densely [...]

    7. Jayne Anne Phillips writes some of the most impressive contemporary Southern Gothic fiction. She's an Appalachian writer now living in the north east whose strongest characters to date have been children, mainly but not exclusively girls and young adolescents – they're not quite Carson McCullers' Frankie in Member of the Wedding or Mick in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, but the children in both Shelter and Machine Dreams are among the finest characters in contemporary fiction. In this novel – [...]

    8. This is the first book I've read by Jayne Phillips and am not sure yet if I really enjoy her way of writing, so am undecided whether I will actively search out anymore by her. The premise of the book is a good one, but it is a little slow in getting started. The book is about Kate and her relationship with her mom who was recently diagnosed with a terminal disease. This happens shortly after Kate has found out that she is pregnant with her first child and is also in the early months of a new mar [...]

    9. While the basic plot of this book contains the quotidian details of one character's transition to motherhood while simultaneously mourning the slow passing of the character's mother, Phillips balances the book in a delicate web connecting the concrete, physical life and a spiritual, Eastern sense of nonparticular, intersubjective life. Phillips seems at her most sublime here when pairing the dizzyingly beautiful musings and memories of her main character with the very honest, grounding descripti [...]

    10. Boy, when hates to give just two stars to a very intimate book about the death of a mother, but you gotta do what you gotta do! I find this dull, plodding, the characters uninteresting yes some moving moments, but I had to skip the middle 100 pages b/c I couldn't take it the mom's death (this isn't a spoiler) has some moving spots, but really, so what? long explicit details about childbirth and caring for an infant, sure she represents that stuff "accurately" -- but again with dull characters [...]

    11. The book is about Kate, an educated, well-traveled, mid-30's career woman adjusting to the birth of her son, her husband's older children from a previous marriage and dealing with her mother's declining health. I read this when my son was only a few months old, so I related to this book completely! It explores the bonds of mother and child from the viewpoint of Kate as both daughter and mother. The writing was beautiful and poetic, especially the passages about nursing her baby and staring into [...]

    12. The slow-paced, meditative storyline, while it dragged in a few places, worked well overall for the theme of this book. I loved the author's intimate and unsparing portrayal of the early days of new motherhood, so touching in its accuracy. So too was her portrayal of the final stages of her mother's passing. Having experienced both of these events firsthand, I deeply connected to those sections of the book and appreciated the lyrical descriptions of even the grittiest of details. This novel conv [...]

    13. Phillips brings a poet's lyricism to this moving novel about family, language, contemporary family, the changing landscape of our lives as we leave beloved places and people, life lived fully, and the complexity and simplicity of death. The way she is grounded in her Appalachian sense of place has always been powerful for me.

    14. I would probably give this book a 2.5, because it was written well, but it was just ok. The story was ok, dry and slow, but the writing style was somewhat poetic and kept me thinking it would improve. I was disappointed at the dry ending.

    15. A young woman, newly pregnant and in a relationship with a divorcing man, takes care of her dying mother. I liked the poetry in the writing. Phillips describes well the juxtaposition of grieving a loss while celebrating new life.

    16. JA Phillips captures the gift of life as tragedy is slowly happening as main character Kate welcomes her new baby into the world as her mother is slowly dying of cancer. A soft, sweet, and sad at times reminder that life goes on and life is precious.

    17. I liked parts of this book but did not love it overall. It tried to be address these very emotional and trying moments in life but seemed to fail. Something about the main character's experience felt incomplete.

    18. Perhaps should not have read this as I still mourned my own mother . . . but it was a lovely look at the mother-daughter relationship.

    19. Heartbreaking, introspective, and a really beautiful look at the relationship between a mother and daughter.

    20. This book was just way to boring to be able to finish. I kept thinking that it would get better but nothing ever happened. I gave up 3/4 of the way through.

    21. Meh. I felt like the whole book was superfluous. I was intrigued by the circle of life theme, her mother is dying as she's bringing a baby into the world, but there was really no substance.

    22. This book wasn't anything earth shattering in terms of the subject matter it tackled, its structure or its voice. It was just quietly excellent writing.

    23. ONe of the best descriptions of motherhood I've ever read - including the complicated kind, like step mothering and mothering our mothers.

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