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Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old
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Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old

by Jane Miller
 

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Ever since I have inhabited old age, I have looked and listened, mostly in vain, for news of what it is like for others who inhabit it too. Naturally, I'm interested in its well-known depredations, the physical and mental ones that people in their forties and fifties so publicly dread. And who would not delight in the theatrical props of old age - the pills and sticks

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Ever since I have inhabited old age, I have looked and listened, mostly in vain, for news of what it is like for others who inhabit it too. Naturally, I'm interested in its well-known depredations, the physical and mental ones that people in their forties and fifties so publicly dread. And who would not delight in the theatrical props of old age - the pills and sticks, the shrieking hearing aids and the tricks for countering the loss of names and threads and glasses. But that's not all. I have a fond hope that in old age there may be new kinds of time and of pleasure, perhaps even new kinds of vitality, and that, though we forget and muddle and fail to hear things, there may be moments when we truly understand what's going on for the first time. But then I've always been a late developer.'

Deeply thoughtful, wry and resilient, this fascinating and absorbing book about growing older is a life-enhancing look at what all of us - if we are lucky - can aspire to.

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"A balm to tired spirits and a revelation to those who are fearful of growing old. Jane Miller's 11 essays unfold into an acceptance of a world which its author finds full of comfort and pleasure, friendships and books . . . a warm-hearted book, full of the good things age can bring."  —Guardian

"There's been a spate of books about age. . . . [this] is the latest and definitely one of the best. . . . her writing is so fluid and amusing that you mostly forget that old age is supposed to be such a gloom.  . . . If anyone doubts that old age can actually be interesting, this is the book for them."  —Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844086504
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
04/05/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Miller first worked in publishing, then as an English teacher in a London comprehensive and finally as a Professor at the London University Institute of Education. Her publications include Many Voices: Bilingualiam, Culture and Education; Women Writing About Men; Seductions: Studies in Reading and Culture; School for Women; Relations; Crazy Age and In My Own Time: Thoughts and Afterthoughts. She lives in London.

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