This is a story for the ages, the story of feeling adrift, the story of growing older but none the wiser, the story that every one of us will live at one point. I appreciate people that say that they love getting older and that they look forward to old age, but I almost always think that it’s a facade.
Tennessee Williams captures in just under 200 pages the loss people feel when they give up their chosen profession and when they become aware that they are closer to death than to birth.
Who is Mrs. Stone?
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is the story of a woman in her fifties, a well known international actress, that just recently left the spotlight. The book begins shortly after her husband dies, leaving her all alone in Rome, only with her wealth to keep her company. Surely enough, her money attracts a series of young men, looking to exchange company for value.
“His beauty was notable even in a province where the lack of it is more exceptional in a young man.”
She soon becomes infatuated with a young gigolo, named Paolo, and for a minute, it seems that her life is getting a bit better. Until her relationship becomes toxic, and Paolo does nothing but make her feel bad about herself and starts looking for other pockets to feed him.
Conclusions of a reading Badger
Final thoughts, this book was a quick read and I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was an unsettling feeling that life is way too short. We bury ourselves in work and that gives us a feeling of safety, a feeling that we are doing something useful until it stops and then we are forced to take a good hard look in the mirror. When everything we thought we were is gone, what is left?