A Necessary End

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N.A. Talese, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 194 pages
We get to know John and Clare Taylor as they move from Florida to Mexico and back to Florida in their retirement, fending off the illnesses that eventually will claim them. The Taylors are good company: colorful, opinionated, and occasionally maddening to their son Nick, who recognizes their need for him with a mixture of love, irritation, and guilt. He knows their vulnerability as they confront the inevitable, and he shares their passage, giving us a kind of dress rehearsal for what we, too, will face.

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In replaying his watch over the last six years of his parents' lives as they become ever more infirm, Taylor (Ordinary Miracles, 1993; Sins of the Father, 1989, etc.) reminds us of Shakespeare's ... Read full review


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Nick Taylor is a director of Taylor-Baines and Associates in Christchurch, New Zealand. He specialises in social assessment relating to natural resource management, including tourism development. He has been involved in the development of techniques for social assessment and conducts training courses in social assessment internationally.

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