The Resource My mother's music, Paul West

My mother's music, Paul West

Label
My mother's music
Title
My mother's music
Statement of responsibility
Paul West
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In My Mother's Music, acclaimed stylist Paul West has taken on a monumental labor of love in portraying his mother, an English butcher's daughter and concert pianist manque whose magnum opus was her children's lives. Mildred Noden West orchestrated the education of her son and daughter like a grand concerto, shaping, cajoling, haranguing them into capitalizing on their gifts whether they liked it or not
  • As West puts it with characteristic bravura and humor, "she vented and honed a fearsome amount of nervous energy otherwise channeled into hurling blue bags of sugar at my father's head (she always missed)." She was never boring
  • West's mother occupies center stage in this exultant memoir ("She stayed put while we went away, and that was how she preferred it."), but his inimitable prose practically constitutes a character in itself: headlong, quirky, sometimes drunk on its own rhythms yet never more precise than at those moments when it threatens to sheer off from sense into pure music
  • In his matchless rememberings, West recreates the arc of his mother's years, from her youthful aspirations, to her "fierce, harrying love," to her death at the age of ninety. In My Mother's Music he performs the ultimate task of a child - to imagine a parent whole, apart from her effects on him, and in so doing give her a kind of life in death
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1930-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
West, Paul
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.E8247
LC item number
Z465 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • West, Paul
  • Novelists, American
  • West, Mildred Noden
Label
My mother's music, Paul West
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Extent
1 online resource (x, 210 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036760650
Label
My mother's music, Paul West
Link
Publication
Extent
1 online resource (x, 210 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036760650

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