Thirteen Ways of Looking - “Thirteen Ways of Looking:” Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Colum McCann
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The chapter opens with the narrator stating that he was born in the middle of his first argument. The author figures out that he can barely move and theorizes that a character named Sally must have re-tucked him in. This is followed by a series of memories, from the author flying a Curtiss SOC-3 aircraft, having a relationship with a woman with Eileen, and his time as an assistant District Attorney. The man also wrote an unsuccessful book. The man wonders why he can remember the events but not the dates of the events.

Readers soon learn that the man's last name is Mendelssohn; he has dementia and continues to complain about the coldness of his room, as the landlord does not turn on the heat until 5 a.m. His narration continues revealing that he was a District Attorney and...

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