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Comments for Whoever

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionWhoever: 10/24/08

Imagine waking up in a dirty doorway not knowing who you are, where you are or even what language you speak. The only thing you're sure of: you probably wiped your memory on purpose, even if you can't remember what that purpose was. That's what the female protagonist faces in "Whoever" by Carol Emshwiller.

Carol's protagonist narrates the story in a disjointed but orderly stream of consciousness. She also keeps a note book of her thoughts and observations of her new life.

Mostly the story seems to be about making a fresh start. Although the Geraldine (as she names herself) seems happy with her situation, I found the story rather sad. Starting over with next to nothing seems too extreme.

I was also reminded of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. I've known adults Geraldine's age who have wandered off not remembering their names or addresses. It's scary for the family and embarrassing and dangerous for the patient.

Learn more about Carol Emshwiller at her website.

Read other reviews at The Fix and Spontaneous Derivation.

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