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Book Title: Aspects of Nature|
The author of the book: Rhoda Rabinowitz Green
Edition: Inanna Publications
Date of issue: May 25th 2016
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Of the eleven stories in this collection, the one bearing its name, Aspects of Nature, presents a satirical microcosm of our fragmented contemporary society, a candle-lit dinner party of six disparate guests at a Canadian cottage on an isolated island in the middle of a lake at the height of a Gothic storm; its players put forward “faces” of well-masked beings.
Often surprising, but always humanly recognizable, the remaining stories show aspects of nature in their diverse guises: a brilliant concert pianist, graduate of Buchenwald and Majdanek, courageously asserts Life over evil; a middle-aged woman confronts a plastic surgeon urging a face lift, in a satirically humourous affirmation of self; an elderly woman, trapped in her role as a mother and grandmother, offers a sadly reflective, frequently amusing, account of her inability to assert to her family what it is she desires; (a prose-poem): a seventy-year old woman on her death bed makes plans for her next dinner party; a Holocaust survivor fashions random natural objects into sculptures, determined to impose order out of chaos; a forty-something woman, struggling to find her voice, finally, in a proud satiric blast, confronts her doctor and, by extension, the male medical profession; a frightened, confused, aging woman, in varying moments of nostalgia, self-pity and humourous recognition, laments her aloneness and loss: of memory, her home, independence, youth, beauty; the same woman faces societal changes she no longer understands; a young woman pianist, striving for career and identity, is conflicted by love for her master teacher; a young mother, is forever explaining her husband and sons each to the other, while seeking to fathom where her own self has disappeared.
The stories are set in Canada (Toronto); the U.S. (Philadelphia; New Jersey; California); Poland (Warsaw); and England (London). Humour is present in every story, no matter the seriousness of its content. Themes of finding one’s identity, of striving, conflicts of family, career and romance, of loneliness, death and loss, youth and aging, hope and despair, courage and fear, human frailty, spirituality, compassion and evil, all are at the heart of this collection.
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Read information about the authorRhoda Rabinowitz Green's story collection, Aspects of Nature, was published (May 2016) by Inanna Publications, Toronto. Her novel, Moon Over Mandalay (Busker Books, Toronto, 2008) is currently listed on Goodreads. She has been published in journals such as The Louisville Review and The Fiddlehead, to name a few. One story was nominated for a Pushcart and another was a finalist in the 1994 Canadian Writers Union Short Prose Competition. Rhoda studied Creative Writing at York University; with Janette Turner Hospital, (Queen’s U. intensive Writing Workshop), and Gov. Gen’s Awards winner, Helen Weinzweig. Rhoda earned a BMus (Temple University) and a MMus (Ind. U, Bloomington, Menahem Pressler, Beaux Arts Trio).
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"Only a Jewish woman pianist could have written the haunting, moving and illuminating collection of short stories gathered in Aspects of Nature. Haunting because of the recurrent reminders of the Holocaust, the ravishes of age and the inescapable shadow of death. Moving as it exposes the frustrations and heartbreak of the lives of ordinary people like ourselves. Illuminating as it reveals to the listener the passions and struggles of the aspiring and talented musician. And presented with rich language diversity to tell these tales. As the last page is turned, the reader asks, why has it taken so long for such a gifted author to be published?"
Retired Foreign Service Officer
"'I've read Aspects of Nature. You are pure genius! It is deep, thoughtful, and insightful and your narrative and descriptive passages put me right there. The stories unfold chronologically and they spiral back again, holding the tale tightly together. You have impressed this friend (me) and I'm proud to know you. The levels of understanding are awesome."
Brenda Silver Educator
"Your 11 short stories exhibit a tremendous, insightful talent. I have finished reading every word, including just now the claim that it is a work of fiction, no resemblance to persons living or dead. That surprised me because in some of the stories I suspected they were autobiographical. Especially 'The Wind at Her Back'. So I looked again at that and found your note at the end. But...you couldn't know that much about music without having lived it! 'Finding Maryan' - I almost couldn't read parts of it with the horror of the Nazis wickedness against a brave and talented people. Your insight, ability to describe appearance and feelings are all so impressive, quite unlike anything I have ever read. ' 'Shyandeleh's Real Estate' with its very real words of 'Three years, three months, three days. There's only the distant past, no now now' is another example of your understanding of another stage of life. That we are readers only of non-fiction - news, politics, makes me all the more impressed with your sensitivity to human beings and their feelings."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed aspects of nature…I admire your skill in making your characters come alive...your voice is very clear and resonant...your descriptions are engaging and often with an undercurrent of sly humour and irony e.g. about aging, The Day of the Gorgon... thanks!!!"
Associate Professor (Sculpture,Drawing, theory)
Department of Visual Art and Art History
School of the Arts, Media,Performance and Design,
MOON OVER MANDALAY REVIEWS
"Lively writing style. In Moon Over Mandalay, . . . Rhoda Rabinowitz Green has penned an amusing tale of romance, love and finding oneself. Her prose style is entertaining, the perfect vehicle of this fun story. She created characters that are compelling and the reader wants to learn more about them. . . . Readers who enjoy stories about self-discovery mixed with romance and humor will thoroughly enjoy Moon Over Mandalay."WRITER'S DIGEST REVIEW
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