The Gate - Things my Mother told me.

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
The Gate draws you in with subtlety, wit, compassion and faith. An intriguing and captivating look at the last sixty years of western culture that holds you even though we all know how her story is going to end. It will be of particular interest to people who experienced Alzheimer's or Dementia in their immediate family.

"This is a jewel of a piece of writing…" [Kate Jones, USA]

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Published by Inhousepress
Words: 93,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452371948
About Stan I.S. Law

Stan I.S. Law (Stanislaw Kapuscinski), architect, sculptor and prolific writer was educated in Poland and England. While there, he also played concert violin, and studied opera at the Guildhall School of Music.

Since 1965 he has resided in Canada. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. His fiction and non-fiction attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of human potential. He authored more than thirty books, eighteen of them novels.
Under his real name he published seven non-fiction books sharing his vision of reality. His non-fiction books can be found at:

As an architect [RIBA, MRAIC, OAQ ret.] he designed a number high rise buildings in Montreal, including Regency Hyatt Hotel (now Delta), Place Mercantile, Headquarters for the Mutual Alliance, as well as a number of low and middle rise structures for private clients. In the National Capital he was the associate in charge of design of Royal Bank Headquarters on Sparks Street.

His novels include:

NOW—Being and Becoming
One Just Man (Winston Trilogy Book I)
Elohim—Masters and Minions (Winston Trilogy Book II)
Winstons' Kingdom (Winston Trilogy Book III)
Yeshûa—Personal Memoir of the Missing Years of Jesus
Peter and Paul—Intuitive sequel to Yeshûa
The Avatar Syndrome (prequel to Headless World)
Headless World—The Vatican Incident (Sequel to Avatar Syndrome).
The Princess
Alec (Alexander Trilogy Book I)
Alexander (Alexander Trilogy Book II).
Sacha—The Way Back (Alexander Trilogy Book III).
The Gate—Things my Mother told me.
Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom.
Enigma of the Second Coming
Gift of Gamman
Wall—Love, Sex, and Immortality (Aquarius Trilogy Book I)
Pluto Effect (Aquarius Trilogy Book II)
OLYMPUS—Of Gods and Men (Aquarius Trilogy Book III)

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Review by: Amy Taylor on April 06, 2014 :
The Gate: Things My Mother Told Me is a beautiful memoir and an exceptional experience of a lady, Mrs. Kordos, meeting with her own mortality through the face of Alzheimer’s.

Author Stan I.S. Law brings us the story Mrs. Kordos, written from her perspective. In the spirit of love and mindfulness she records her experiences and guidance. We learn of the love affair between her and her husband Jan, (Whom affectionately refers to her as Mimi, a Puccini reference). We learn of the love and relationships with her children. We learn her thoughts and feelings on a variety of subjects all with keen interest and profound insight. It comes with a raw honesty that is not only striking but captivating. As we read these private thoughts and emotions we are filled with so many of our own feelings and insights.

The dialogue is beautifully composed with humor and seriousness conveying with perfect fluidity the gravity of each moment. To experience something so real, moving and meaningful is a gift. I highly recommend it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Barbara Woolfe on Dec. 06, 2013 :
The book is a jewel among books dealing with old age. It offers food for thought, wisdom, love, tears, and laughter. If you feel you’ll ever reach an old age, or will look after a loved one who does, this book is a must read. It will help you along, and offer you hope.

Don’t miss this literary jewel
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: D Piecuch on March 20, 2011 :
This was the first Stan Law book that I read, and I have become an instant fan. Law's tale about old age and retirement homes takes takes us on both an intellectual and spiritual journey, and it is a wonderfully enlightening read.

Throughout this tale of an aging Polish wife and mother who struggles to understand her own mortality and those of her friends and loved ones, Law teaches us about life, love, friendship, loneliness, religion, etc.

The author is obviously a scholar in many of the topics noted above which he presents throughout the book in strikingly detailed narratives, yet he draws the reader in, then lets them form their own conclusions on the information presented, rather than forcing his opinions on the reader.

While at times a very challenging read, it takes us on a great journey that leaves us better at the end of the book then we were before we started.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark on Dec. 13, 2010 :
I came late to the Stan Law roster. Now I have to catch up on all his books, fiction and non-fiction alike. I dare say this happens to most people who discover this author. Aren’t we lucky!

The Gate is a jewel in its own right. Not only does it speak volumes of the courage of the senior citizens, our parents, who are prone to acquire diseases which seemed destined to invade old age, but it paints a wonderful image of a family determined not to give up, but to find peace, joy, laughter and even adventure—in circumstances under which most of us probably give up trying. Yet, page after page, the book reads more like a biography than a novel. Who can tell? Quite wonderful…
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bohdan Czytelnik on Dec. 10, 2010 :
I read a book about Alzheimer’s and dementia. It was factual, educational, dry. This novel places the gradual deterioration of human mind in the context of everyday life. Somehow it makes that that is incurable—acceptable; it even elevates it to a higher level of human condition. The book is not about suffering, but about the abundance of love, joy, pleasure, yes, even humor, that one can experience under the Democlesian sword of the unforgiving diseases. Extraordinary!

This is a book that everyone must read. Young and old. You never know…
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: BozenaH on Dec. 08, 2010 :
I read The Gate in paperback when it first came out on the Amazon. I gave my copy to a friend, who passed it on… Now I had a chance to read it again on my Sony. It is hard to believe that it’s fiction. The people, the images, the emotions are so very real. You’ll love it. You’ll probably re-read it too.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Hanna K. Loda on Dec. 02, 2010 :
It seems to me that everything Stan Law writes deserves 5 stars! This story is beautiful, nostalgic, sentimental, yet filled with hidden humor. I read it, cover to cover, then reread various passages, which had particular impact on my own life. Yes, you will not only enjoy this book, you will learn from it. A lot!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anetta Bach on Dec. 01, 2010 :
This book will make you think, cry, smile, and laugh outright. And then leave you sorry it’s finished…
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Adam Kerry on Dec. 01, 2010 :
Five stars for the Gate - Things my Mother told Me. There is nothing I can say that could rise above “the classical grandeur and poetic beauty” (as stated in an Amazon review) that defines this book. What I also like about this book are the frequent injections of unexpected humor. Mrs. Kordos is a most unforgettable character. Read it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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