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In this affirmative journal, May Sarton describes both hardships and joys in the daily round of her life in old age—physical struggles counterbalanced by the satisfactions of friendship, nature, critical recognition, and creative spark.
Sarton writes perceptively of how age affects her: the way small things take longer and tire more, what it feels like to endure pain and to be afraid. Other days her energy returns, her spirits lift, and projects abound. Readers both new and old ...

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Overview

In this affirmative journal, May Sarton describes both hardships and joys in the daily round of her life in old age—physical struggles counterbalanced by the satisfactions of friendship, nature, critical recognition, and creative spark.
Sarton writes perceptively of how age affects her: the way small things take longer and tire more, what it feels like to endure pain and to be afraid. Other days her energy returns, her spirits lift, and projects abound. Readers both new and old will cherish this latest dispatch from her ongoing journey.

In this affirmative journal, May Sarton describes both hardships and joys in the daily round of her life in old age--physical struggles counterbalanced by the satisfactions of friendship, nature, critical recognition, and creative spark. Readers both old and new will cherish this latest dispatch from her ongoing journey. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Andrea Barrett - Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Vibrancy and abundant love of life. . . . [Sarton] proves once more to be wonderful company.”
Rockwell Gray - Chicago Tribune
“For decades May Sarton's has been a major voice in autobiographical literature. . . . [Her journals] have broken fresh ground for the experience of women and the battle with age.”
Barbara Duree - Booklist
“[Sarton's] many admirers will cherish [Encore] as the still-strong voice of an intelligent, honest, perceptive, and compassionate human being.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those who may picture old age as static, retrospective, or restrictive will find a wholesome corrective in poet Sarton's journal of her 80th year. As she did in her previous journal, Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-Ninth Year , Sarton demonstrates that old age can be a vibrant and liberating experience in which one possesses ``the freedom to be absurd, the freedom to forget things . . . the freedom to be eccentric.'' Sarton's engrossing daily journal discloses varied octogenarian satisfactions--garden and flowers that bloom in every entry, celebratory lunches with friends and admirers who frequent her Maine home, the heady bouquet of critical recognition, the rebirth of her poetic voice and newly written poems. Though Sarton's tone is positive, it is never naive: old age also means bouts of pain and ill health, wearying domestic disasters, a war against fatigue, and a keen awareness of the ``perilousness of life on all sides, knowing that at any moment something frightful may happen.'' Despite these parameters, the dominant note sounded is fearless and triumphant, and Sarton's superb accomplishment in these journals may be in convincing us that old age is an experience not to fear, but to look forward to: we believe her when she affirms, ``So here I am, a lucky old woman, rejoicing in her life on this great earth.'' Photos not seen by PW . (Aug.)
Booknews
The day-by-day chronicle of writer Sarton during her 80th year is inspirational in its matter-of-fact recording of daily events and both trivial and profound ups and downs of thought and feeling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313178
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 998,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

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