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Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

Somewhere Towards the End (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Diana Athill

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Title:Somewhere Towards the End
Authors:Diana Athill
Info:Granta Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback

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Somewhere towards the end by Diana Athill (2008)


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About aging by an 89 year old. Excellent! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Diana speaks forthrightly and honestly about the changes she's experienced as she's aged. She is at this writing 89. She speaks of the ebbing of sex, when to stop driving her car, the deaths of those she knew and her hopes for her own passing. She found that taking classes was enjoyable, and the she has few regrets. Gardening still gives her great pleasure though it is more difficult. I enjoyed her book and expect that I will reread it in about 10 years. ( )
  k8davis | May 21, 2013 |
Diana Athill, a top British editor, wrote this short reflection on life and how it might end for her when she was 89. The writing is stunning, every sentence is perfectly-crafted and thoughful. Short as it is, however, its not short enough: the brilliance of the writing is not enough to overcome the tedium of the subject illuminated only occasionally by the witty recounting of stories and unusual characters. I don't often feel disappointed in myself if I didn't enjoy the book, but here I feel there is something in me that is lacking, that I should be able to appreciate this beautifully-written and poetic memoir. But I didn't. ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
A charmingly frank woman, proving delightfully that age need not affect one's wit and independent thought. ( )
  LARA335 | Dec 9, 2012 |
I read this because it won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle award for autobiography. The author was an editor with a publisher in London till she retired at 75. In the earlier part of the book she tells at length of her sexual life. She never married but took up with, at timee, men married to other women and appaently thinks this was omething which was admirable and her readers would want to know about.. In the later part of the book she talks of various interests, and of gardening, driving, and vicissitudes of aging, and some of this was felicitouly done and of interest, but all in all the book did not entrance me. ( )
  Schmerguls | Apr 18, 2012 |
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This book tells the story of what it means to be old: how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows, how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive - and how one faces the inevitable fact of death.

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