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9781844086504

Crazy Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9781844086504

  • ISBN10:

    184408650X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-25
  • Publisher: Virago Pr
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Deeply thoughtful, wry, and resilient, this fascinating and absorbing book about growingolder is a literate and life-enhancing look at what all of us--if we are lucky--can aspire to "I like being old at least as much as I liked being middle aged and a good deal more than I liked being young." Like Diana Athill's Somewhere Towards the End, this series of perceptive and warm-hearted essays is an incisive look at aging. Jane Miller dips back and forth easily between the personal and the literary, discussing the deep sustaining joys of friendship; the treatment of old age in literature from Tolstoy to Updike, Wharton to de Beauvoir; the loss of interest in such once-central preoccupation as fashion and sex; physical ailments; and exactly how age changes others' perceptions of one, including within one's own family. This reflective, intimate memoir beautifully examines and rethinks what it means to be old in a culture which prides youth and views old age as a slow decline towards the end of life.

Author Biography

Jane Miller first worked in publishing, then as an English professor. She is the author of Relations.

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