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A novel in the form of a diary, this story tells of Caroline Spencer, a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher who has suffered a heart attack and been deposited by relatives in an old people's home. Subjected to subtle humiliations and petty cruelties, she fights back with all she has, and in a powerful climax wins a terrible victory. "I shared the anger and the righteous indignation which I felt behind every line."--Madeleine L'Engle. Reissue.
Posted June 5, 2004
May Sarton paints a painfully vivid picture of an older woman with a chronic condition aging alone in environmental and social poverty. Roughly fourty-two percent of women aged 65 and older in this country today are living below 125 percent of the poverty level. May Sarton's Caroline Spencer was the reality for many older women in this country in 1976, today, and will be our future if we do not advocate for women to acknowledge the cost of aging, mentally, physically, and financially, begin to prepare for old age early and advocate for social change.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2000
This book touched my heart. My mother recently died, and although she lived me during her last years, this book brought a shocking awareness of how she must have felt at times. Moved from her own home into mine, where she felt she had to fit in and do things 'my way' versus her own. I'm sure there were many times she felt as though she didn't belong. I wish that I had read this book long ago. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is providing care to an elderly person.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2012
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