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They also develop unusually intense intimacies: The love story of Frank and Elsa Briggs, the Golden Ages second-oldest patient and a proper Australian is just one of the nuanced relationships portrayed in this book, which seamlessly shifts between points of view from chapter to chapter. For all its focus on exile and displacement, The Golden Age is by no means an angry book. It is a quiet, elegiac story of love and renewal and liberation written in crisp prose that befits Franks new vocation. The outside world touches on the narrative occasionally: the visit to Perth from Queen Elizabeth in early 1954, and the subsequent Time magazine cover Portrait of the Handsome Young Jewish Doctor Jonas Salk and the words Is this the year? It turned out to be so too late for the children of The Golden Age, whose summer plague would soon be something that happened in the past. Europa Editions Email Like this decades other great polio novel, Philip Roths Nemesis, polio doesnt just cripple the body. It is not, as in Roth, proof of the randomness of retribution from a nonexistent God. As he sarcastically wishes marriage and children and health all the cliched trappings of a happiness he once dared wish for himself on his long-vanquished former fiancee, Bucky Cantor, the protagonist of Nemesis, proclaims, Lets hope their merciful God will have blessed them with all that before He sticks His shiv in their back. There is no such shiv in The Golden Age. Londons novel suggests that, while polio is a disease that transforms its victims forever, certainly not all transformations even the most involuntary ones are always for the worse. Like gaining a new name, or a new homeland, against your will, losing the ability to walk can bring with it unexpected boons: independence, and love, and acceptance. nextLaura Moser is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. Twitter, @lcmoser The Forward’s independent journalism depends on donations from readers like you. Joan London Your Comments The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles.
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