Uses of Agapanthus

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
When Brett pays his weekly visit to his mother at her retirement home, he’s annoyed to see a vase of agapanthus – now a weed in their new home – next to her bed. But his protests set off long suppressed memories for her. As Brett’s wife Suzie asks: is Mom confusing or confessing?

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About Jonathan M Barrett

Jonathan M Barrett lives and teaches in Wellington, New Zealand.
As well as writing plays, short stories and a novel, Jonathan is also a prize-winning academic writer.
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Review by: Tennyson Lee on March 17, 2011 :
I found this story really moving, and sad - captures a lot and makes me think about what the older woman's years must have been like during her marriage - and also captures so well how people can be physically together but not connect. Thanks - its a story that will linger with me
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Review by: Gideon Joubert on Jan. 21, 2011 :
I kept pressing the next page on my e-reader convinced there must be more. Then sitting back and thinking about it I realised how engrossed I was in the rich imagery - I could read many more chapters on this intriguing story. By the way aaron lilies are also very aptly called "varkore" - pigs ears. Sometimes authors are so busy showing off their smug phraseology that they loose simple readers like me, who only read for pleasure. I certainly enjoyed this read.
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Review by: bart cale on Jan. 20, 2011 :
Beautifully written, creating imagery with every carefully compiled phrase. I feel so smug that I enjoyed Barrett's piece so much, as it is obviously crafted for people who enjoy quality literature. I will certainly be watching Jonathan Barrett and look forward to more of his work.
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Review by: Sebastian Barrett on Jan. 19, 2011 :
I loved the imagery of Brett's Mom's face: The reticulation of deep wrinkles around his mother's eyes distributes the tears down runnels without overflowing. Only an example of the interlinking images and ideas in this story which made it a pleasure to read, and re-read.
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Review by: Lorna Russell on Jan. 1, 2011 :
As Brett’s wife Suzie asks: is Mom confusing or confessing?

As I ask, is Jonathan Barrett confused because I certainly am! I get the gist of the tale but sometimes I wondered where we were at!!
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