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By C. S. Richardson

Ambrose Zephyr is a cheerful guy. He stocks a book-laden Victorian residence together with his loving spouse, Zipper. He owns matches, certainly one of which he was once married in. he's a brave eater, keep brussels sprouts. His wisdom of wine is obscure and top outlined as Napa, stable; Australian, larger; French, larger nonetheless. Kir royale is his drink of social gathering. For an Englishman he makes a terrible cup of tea. He believes ladies are quantifiably wiser than males, and could by no means provide Zipper the slightest cause to distrust him or query his love. Zipper easily describes Ambrose because the purely guy she has ever enjoyed. with no adjustment.

Then, simply as he's turning fifty, Ambrose is informed by means of his general practitioner that he has one month to reside. Reeling from the inside track, he and Zipper embark on a whirlwind excursion to the areas he has such a lot enjoyed or has regularly longed to go to, from A to Z, Amsterdam to Zanzibar. As they trip to Italian piazzas, Turkish baths, and different romantic locations, all superbly evoked by way of the writer, Zipper struggles to accommodate the grand unfairness in their conditions as she buoys Ambrose along with her mild affection and humor. in the meantime, Ambrose displays on his existence, one good lived, and springs to appreciate that dying, like lifestyles, can be made bearable via the energy and beauty in their devotion.

Richardson’s attractive prose comes alive with an honesty and depth that may depart you breathless and encouraged by way of the straightforward good looks and gear of affection. the tip of the Alphabet is a undying, resonant exploration of the character of affection, loss, and existence.

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Mhen one travels, one might "hit" a storm. The shoe must be tied to the ankle. As for we who "love to be astonished," McDonalds is the world's largest purchaser of beef eyeballs. They went out with bows and armbands to shoot at the hay. It's as easy as waves, slopping water. Tiaverse, watch, and cease. He had the hands of an artist. Penelope reworking the twill. " I'11just keep myself from picking up the telephone, in order to get some work done. What memory is not a "gripping" thought. Only fragments are accurate.

A healthy dialectic between poetry and prose. Good days go by fast, too fast. On the low rectangular coffee table was a rack for the postcard collection. A lot of questions, a few answers, the progress of questioning, the spot on the brain where these words will go. For example, I remember the blue coat with the red piping but I don't remember myself in it. There was green dust on the park bench, sanded by bottoms. " Raisins, cheese, the fapanese. I was stocking counter-convention in the localized world of the kitchen steam and rain.

As for we who "love to be astonished," the night is lit. Remarkably to learn to look. My father would say I've a "big day" tomor- a storm row. Words are not always adequate to the occasion, and my "probably" sounded hopeless. It's real, why, so, it's wrong. I mentioned my face because I am made that way wonderfully like a shadow I do not despise. But if I don't like the first dress I try on, I won't like any. It is only a coincidence. Whose shadow who's. At the circus the elephants were more beautiful than the horses, more touching than the clowns, and more graceful than the tigers trained to jump on their backs.

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