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Revisiting some old favorites to escape the corona-virus world, I picked up Kate Phillip’s, “White Rabbit” once again; an all-time favorite. First published in 1996, it is the story Ruth Caster’s day and memories on December first of her 88th year. “White Rabbit” never fails to entertain me and to touch me; it is both hilarious and poignant, often within the same page. Just reading about Ruth’s elaborate garbage arrangement is worth the price of admission!Of course, I’m older than when I first r...
I've had this book for several years and had forgotten about it until I made a sweeping overhaul of all my books and put aside those I hadn't read. I must have thought at some point this had something to do with Alice in Wonderland. We all make mistakes and this was a wowzer of the first degree.This is a day in the life of an 88 year old woman. An 88 year old woman who has led quite the uninteresting life I might add. Her reminiscences of her younger self are not interesting. Her current daily l...
Both funny and poignant, this novel documents what turns out to be the last day of an 88-year-old woman's life...it is a day filled with routines, regrets, and struggles against the realities of aging. I didn't like Ruth, the protagonist, very much at the beginning, but she grew on me as I read. She is a cantankerous old lady, fierce but with a tenderness, with a vulnerable yet ultimately indomitable spirit. Are those strange voices, and the flashes of white light, the perception of seeing a whi...
This story of a woman whose tightly-controlled, OCD ways of doing daily, routine things grew on me the more I read it. You follow her from waking up Saturday morning to going to bed Saturday night, and learn her life story in the process. A fascinating character who will surely stick with me and think about from time to time.
This book was kind of a bummer but comforting at the same time. A good bedtime read.
was so worried about the woman in the story i was almost afraid to read the end - not a mystery, a slice of life and because i am older, way to close to home.
Interesting but probably won't recommend. Takes place during one day with lots of memories.
A little odd
I found the book very descriptive, you really got to know the main character, Ruth. It was sad too. Does make you think about the choices you make every day, makes you appreciate the small things more.
I really think this book deserves 3.5 stars. It was decently written and I did developed an affection for the main character. To be honest, I didn't like her at all at first. I thought she was mean and snobby. After reading the story, I still think she's mean and snobby but I like her better since I spent several days in her head. the description in the book was great; I really got a sense of the location. I was also impressed she could keep me interested for over 200 pages of a day in the 3 lif...
Beautifully written book following the day of an 88-year-old woman. I was so impressed by the dialogue between characters. It was so real and photographic. The happenstances of the day are interweaved with memories of the past. I love this book so much. It took me forever to read, but it was worth it.
Interestingly deep and keeps the reader longing to read. However, the way the book was split using parts instead of chapters could be considered a down part to this book. The lack of chapters can also make bookmarking where you left off. Especially if you're someone who likes to read to a certain chapter before you stop or if you like reading up to a good stopping point.
Ruth is a character! Reminds you that age means nothing--we are all the same. We feel the same joy and pain at any age. I think the book is really about her coming to terms with the reality of her 1st marriage and maybe also the current one. It is a reminder to all of us about aging and helplessness.
The main character in this book is an 88-year-old woman going through her day on December 1st in Laguna Beach. She flashes back through various memories, disjointed by her interactions with her husband, grand daughter, and housekeeper, as well as a few medical problems. The whole story is very realistic, although permeated with an overall feeling of disappointment.
I read this one when it came out and loved the relaxed way it follows a woman, late in life (very late in life, we eventually find out), through a single day. I have waited for Kate Phillips to write another novel, but so far as I know, she has not published anything else.
Interesting look at one day in the life of Ruth an 88 year old women. We read of her quirks while she goes through her day moving between the present and past memories while she faces the pivotal moment of her life which she's suppressed for decades.
It was cute, but it lacked in certain areas.
It's the tale of the last days of an eccentric old woman. Her days are filled with hallucinations and old memories. Some of them take imagery from Wonderland.
A very interesting literary device, sad and sometimes amusing.
There were some good moments, but overall a dud.
was well-written, but at some point i just lost interest, somehow i didn't really catch on to the story. could be because of the absence of a real plot....