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Book Review: Can't We Talk about Something more Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Can't We Talk about Something more Pleasant? is an extremely moving and touching memoir by American cartoonist and author Roz Chast. In this book the author has discussed the old age days of her parents. In the old days, instead of talking about infirmities and death threats one should speak something about pleasantries. This way the title is most appropriate as per the storyline. Also, the narrator attempted at repairing mangled threads long abandoned between her parents. The time span stretches for this novel is from 2001 to 2009, around nine years.


Roz Chast's cartoons have been appearing in ‘The New Yorker’ magazine since 1978. She writes with a fair amount of dark humor and characteristic wit. Young readers will find this book quite enticing; almost unavoidable if they have flair for solving the senile affairs of their dying parents or grandparents. Published by Bloomsbury, the book has won a fair number of awards. It's a beautifully written graphic novel with meaningful literature of the highest order. It remained a top memoir graphic novel at New York Best Seller list. Readers have found it both at the same time: funny and poignant.

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