Review: Aunt Harriet was a Christian Scientist true believer. The narrator’s reminiscences are about the Irish neighborhood on the Nore River where he grew up. The reminiscences are almost stream of consciousness, flitting from one to another with no real cause and effect. None is at all interesting except to the narrator’s family. The references are local, Irish and personal, of little interest to the reader.
Quote: “Aunt Harriet was the strictest sort of Christian scientist. She never admitted to any illness. She never went to a dentist but let her teeth fall out so that her cheeks contracted round three or four solitary tusks. This did nothing for her appearance.
Quote: Of the Nor Valley: “It is still a place where it is easier to believe in happiness than in pain.”
Rating of the essay: * out of *****.
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate.
: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995. New York