The Lighted Rooms

by Richard Mason | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 0297853198 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LanaAroha of Lyttelton, Canterbury New Zealand on 2/13/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by LanaAroha from Lyttelton, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, February 13, 2015
Enjoy

Journal Entry 2 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, June 21, 2015
Picked up at this afternoon's meetup.

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Journal Entry 3 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Joan fights off the boredom and loneliness of life in a rest home by imagining characters from the past into life. But the staff interpret her imaginings as the onset of dementia, and begin medicating her. As the story progresses, it becomes less and less clear just how rational Joan really is, but what is clear is how little respect the staff give to the wishes of those in their care - as medical professionals, they know best, and that's the bottom line.

Interwoven with this journey into dementia is a journey Joan has taken with her daughter, back to her childhood home in South Africa, bringing to the surface family stories about the Boer War, and their mistreatment at the hands of the English.

The story was confusing at times (I suspect intentionally so, given the subject matter), and occasionally over-dramatic (the side-plot about the daughter's business failures didn't add much, I felt, other than reinforcing that she was too busy and important to care for her mother), but the Boer War stuff was really interesting - I'd never read about that period of history before, and had no idea how bad it was for the Boers.

Journal Entry 4 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, August 22, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (8/22/2015 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Given to Lytteltonwitch at today's meetup.

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Journal Entry 5 by lytteltonwitch at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, August 22, 2015
Recommended to me as a good read

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