Despite it being a daunting task to go back 600 years; I believed that she would turn up “concrete evidence” to prove her convictions, but in the end all she has are symbols and an inner knowing—her own truth: instinct over logic, which must have been hard for her since she was trained as a hard news reporter, and it becomes a woman’s account of family.
I’m always thrown for a loop when someone I admire has passed away. It makes me think of how short our lives are. Today I heard about Roger Ebert and recall the many times I watched him flag his hands in the air and took heed to his either thumbs up or thumbs down that became his moniker. Last night another blow— and another light extinguished—Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala died.