As Franks mother, who has refused to play piano since her son fell ill, reflects with characteristic pique: But here they were, in a free, democratic country, and they were gutted, feeble, shellshocked. Frank had been a resilient little fellow, hed survived cellars, ceilings, bombing, near starvation. Then they came here.Ida, Meyer said. Polio is in every country in the world. Email And yet for Frank, the hospitals where hes exiled soon begin to feel a great deal more like home than the rented flat where his mother no longer plays her morning scales. The two medical facilities the first a hospital for adults, where Frank befriends Sullivan, a would-be poet encased in an iron lung; then, after Sullivans sudden death, the Golden Age, where Frank is the oldest patient are where Frank grows up and discovers his vocation (poetry), and then falls in love for the first time. As he wheels through the halls of the Golden Age, Frank jots down poems on a prescription pad, and when he thinks about his parents, its with a new distance: I refuse to be their only light, he intones over and over. I want to be my own reason for living. Polio has shunted the children of the Golden Age off from their usual routines, and in many cases it has ostracized them from their former companions. They live in a cloistered, mostly adult-less world, a place of enchantment where they trade onset stories about the moment when the virus struck them down. 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.
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