Memento Mori

imgres.jpgMuriel Spark has been on my reading list since The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie but this is only the second novel of hers that I have read.

Memento Mori is a reminder that everyone dies eventually. Spark’s novel is about old people in homes and hospitals who are well-aged and prone to die, often unexpectedly. Following these geriatric lives and deaths are two people: One is regularly telephoning the old folks and reminding them that they will not escape death; the other is a man who is documenting the personal aging process experienced by these examples of geriatric decline. In the end the many forms of death that take the characters away are enumerated and ironically all the years of carefully constructed documentation are lost to a material equivalent of physical death.

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