Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-Ninth Year

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"Sarton has been the lighthouse light for millions of women, and despite the dimming of that light, she remains [in this book] the Sarton who wrote Journal of a Solitude."—Library Journal
"I had always imagined a philosophical journal of my seventy-ninth year, dealing with the joys and problems, the doors opening out from old age to unknown efforts and surprises. I looked forward to the year as a potent harvest," May Sarton writes. Assailed by debilitating illnesses, Sarton found herself instead using much of her...

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Overview

"Sarton has been the lighthouse light for millions of women, and despite the dimming of that light, she remains [in this book] the Sarton who wrote Journal of a Solitude."—Library Journal
"I had always imagined a philosophical journal of my seventy-ninth year, dealing with the joys and problems, the doors opening out from old age to unknown efforts and surprises. I looked forward to the year as a potent harvest," May Sarton writes. Assailed by debilitating illnesses, Sarton found herself instead using much of her energy battling for health. Yet, as this record shows, she did after all do what she had wanted to, as she persevered in work, friendships, and love of nature, discovering in the process new landscapes in the country of old age.

As she approached her eightieth year, May Sarton, assailed by debilitating illnesses, was using much of her energy to battle for her health. Nevertheless, Sarton persevered in her work, friendships, and love of nature, doing what she wanted to do, and discovering in the process, new landscapes in the country of old age.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the latest installment in Sarton's series of journals, the author must struggle with the encroachments of illness and frailty upon independence. Dec.
Library Journal
The story of the ``last laps of a long-distance runner'' enduring ``a plateau of constant discomfort and ``the knowledge that she will never get well,'' Sarton learns to accept dependency, write with a tape recorder, and adjust to frailty. Her solace is ``root friends,'' flowers her ``small gods'', her cat, and her memories. She finds the courage to achieve again, ``looking forward to the day.'' In this book, which is pervaded by the imagery of rain, she works through grief at the loss of her powers and records how women's friendships sustain her. Sarton has been lighthouse light for millions of women, and despite the dimming of that light, she remains the Sarton who wrote Journal of a Solitude LJ 4/1/73. This latest addition to her journal series is an essential purchase.-- Judy Hogan, Durham, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313888
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 1,352,265
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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