The River is the narration of an aged woman whose life story unfolds in the form of a river, beginning with birth at the spring where the water finds its source, and ending in the wide ocean where she ultimately heads. She is old when she tells the tale, her life all but behind her. This is her retrospective reflection on life from child, to young woman, to old woman in the twilight years. Episodes of joy, growth, sorrow and desolation are reflected in the calm shallows of a summer river, in turbulent torrents, and in the wintry flow of steep-canyoned waters. Resolution occurs in the slow meander of the aged river at its destination, the juncture at which she sits in her small boat facing the ultimate moment of meeting with the great sea.



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