Top Five Stories So Far (with only two read)
1. "Diem Perdidi" by Julie Otsuka
2. "The Last Speaker of the Language" by Carol Anshaw (no post)
In the notes from Otsuka she says that "Diem Perdidi" was inspired by her observation of her mother's extreme mental decline brought on by the failure of her memory. "Diem Perdidi" is told in a very creative fashion. It has almost none of the textbook elements of a short story. Here is how it starts out and it basically goes on like this for the whole story. "She remembers her name. She remembers the name of the president. She remember the name of the president's dog. She remembers what city she lived in". All of the story is told in sentences that begins in "She remembers". Otsuka allows us to see the great love the daughter has for her mother and we reconstruct the wonderful person the mother was from the daughter's impressions of what she thinks her mother recalls.
"Diem Perdidi" by Julie Otsuka is a very good very moving story that show great depth of feeling.
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