On Saturday the doctor told me to stop smoking and drinking and I did. I thought suddenly of the neglected graves of my three brothers on the mountainside and that death is a loneliness much crueler than any loneliness hinted at in life. The soul I thought does not leave the body, but lingers with it through every degrading stage of decomposition and neglect, through heat, through cold, through the long winter nights when no one comes with a wreath or a plant and no one says a prayer. This unpleasant premonition was followed by anxiety.
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The Death of Justina by John Cheever Excellent and humorous, in spite of the title This story reminded me of the communist regime. Although we are talking about very different societies, there are some regulations that seem crazy, no matter where they apply In this story, a death occurs as stated plainly in the title. However gloomy the subject matter, John Cheever has inserted dark and excellent humor in the tale.
For instance: - The passage where cousin Justina is said to have disgraced the family The Death of Justina by John Cheever Excellent and humorous, in spite of the title This story reminded me of the communist regime. And especially when the poor woman had not done anything wrong, any wild party or excessive drinking prior to her death. She had come to visit and simply dropped dead. But in this instance we can see what the authorities do to make life miserable for people, in various parts of the world.
Where I live, the communist tradition is still alive and kicking, but the frustrations and stupidity of public servants can be explained. Up to a point. It has to do with miserable wages, the aforementioned past that has impregnated the collective consciousness. But what about the same phenomena in America, of all places? I was more than surprised to read that after the death of Justina, the hosts could not do the proper thing. It was turning into a Kafkaesque situation, with officials requiring a permit from another bureau.
But the second office asked for a paper from the previous one, all in a vicious circle which left the poor woman unburied. I guess that the thirteen days, when Kennedy was considering a tremendous response to the Soviet missiles to be stationed in Cuba, as an aggressive and incredibly provocative act directed at the United States were near.
For some readers, the continuation may be considered blasphemous, to some extent and if read with bigotry…I guess For it appears to me that some of the slogans mock several bible sayings, like the shepherd that takes care of the Christian, the humble and faithful is always protected. But I may have got this wrong and anyway, I am not religulous, so for me it does not touch any raw nerve or sensibility.
The story is very good, as usual.
The Death of Justina
Dimuro It seems to me that any confusion between autobiography and fiction debases fiction. The hero is funny and says: But the jusina office asked for a paper from the previous one, all in a vicious circle which left the poor woman unburied. Frederick supported them financially while John tried to write, and by all reports they supported each other emotionally as well and were rarely seen apart. Books by John Cheever. Up to a point. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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