I WISH THERE WERE TWO OF ME by Symeon Shimin

I WISH THERE WERE TWO OF ME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The title is a remark made by Shimin's daughter, on which her father elaborates by itemizing things that might be done with two bodies--but, unfortunately, instead of giving the general notion any concrete reality he only ends up making it more wispy and vague. The ""four hands and twenty fingers"" are simply held up in front of two faces, four eyes can look both up and down, two mouths can taste ""something sweet and something bitter,"" and so on. And you won't find specificity or progression in Shimin's pictures either, even though the softly grained, hushed color of his pages and the dreamy glow of his pastel drawings suit the wistful mood (and, admittedly, avoid the sickly reverence of some of his sun-bathed child portraits). Essentially, it's an innocent, idealizing adult's vision of a childhood fancy.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1976
Publisher: Warne