Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Review: The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

The End of the Alphabet is a slim, yet moving account of a marriage and a life at its end. Ambrose Zephyr is a contently married advertising executive in London when he finds out that he is dying of a mysterious disease. He has only 30 days to live. With his remaining time, he decides to fulfill a childhood wish to visit places whose names begin with every letter of the alphabet. He and his wife Zipper go to Amsterdam, Berlin, etc. By the time they get to the letter J Zipper convinces Ambrose to go to Paris instead and by this time his health is so poor that they make their way back home. There Ambrose spends his remaining days. In a very economical way, Richardson conveys the emotions that exist when a partner is lost and the awkwardness of imminent death. If you have a spare afternoon and want to read a quietly sad, yet uplifting, book, this is the one for you.

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