Life, End of by Christine Brooke-Rose
Annotation by S. D. Stewart
Aged writer struggles to accept and cope with debilitating illness. Much of the focus is on loss of independence and shifting nature of interpersonal relationships relative to the infirmity. The practicalities of living disabled on one’s own (with some help) are woven together with philosophical and social commentary on old age and disability. Metafictional meanderings take flight, as microscope zooms in and out from character to writer. Bursting with CB-R’s beloved word play, including a bonanza of puns and neologisms, this is a short book, but rich in content and imagery.