Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

by Diana Athill
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Somewhere Towards the End 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JoeyCS More than 1 year ago
A review of this book would definately depend on the age of the reader. Those over 55yr would relate & completely understand some the writers references, but younger readers may only feel compassion for the aging woman. Either way it is well written & you often forget the age of the author. I liked her personality and hope I am that literate at her age!!
Peddada More than 1 year ago
A Magnificently Wise Memoir I cannot presume to review the ultimate reviewer. It is with deep humility that I offer only a personal recommendation on this magnificently wise memoir. Diana Athill writes her memoir with brutal candor, brevity and poise about the inevitable, a destiny reserved for everyone. Her prose, lyrical and sanguine, fashioned upon the editorial anvil that has polished the likes of V.S. Naipaul, thwarts all sentimentality and romanticist propensities. She paints her trials and tribulations of aging into a mirror, in which we see ourselves. It is a catharsis on her sexuality with impish admissions, and the acceptance of sexual dissolution as she travels past the point of no return in her late middle-age. Writing about utterly personal experiences is a sign of comfort with self; particularly, all those weaknesses that the rest of us spend our life trying to keep in the closet. Here in this book, she expounds on the virtue of acceptance of these foibles that we all possess and live fulfilling lives. The book is replete with nuggets of wisdom on various experiences from sexuality, caring for others and their medical maladies, parents' mortality, independence and driving, creative work, having no children to gardening distractions, and most of all, the morality of living. Memoir is a favorite format of mine, especially in the first person. A deft writer like Ms. Athill can open the doors and give us a privileged peek into the labyrinths of her personality and her life. The murky depths of personal experiences of others often reflect our own ironies and offer a comforting affirmation and corroboration of the path we all will follow. Here the author, a lifelong editor of manuscripts and purveyor of proper usage, illustrates her insecurities and inadequacies in an earnest, unadorned and unpretentious prose, interestingly rendering herself strong and content, ready for the last station in life. It is a poignant, yet joyous read in celebration of what we are, and not what we aught to be. I recommend this wonderfully enlightening memoir with utter sincerity. Raju Peddada
Anonymous 6 months ago
I dont know what I'd expected, but certainly not this. I'm grateful I didn't spend more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can add nothing to the review herein by Mr Padada; it is spot on. I'll go on to read her other Nook books now.
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Absolutely scattered and full of uninteresting chapters in the author's life. I bought this book on the basis of a review. I will definately make sure that person's opinion does not influence me again. I've stuck out some bad books, but this one lost me half way through. It won't be joining my library.
sad More than 1 year ago
This book was given a very positive review in People magazine. It was purchased based on the positive review; however, the person who review the book must have read only the first six pages. I wouldn't spend the money on the book--get it from a library if you want it read it.
Fast-Eddie More than 1 year ago
At age 80 I tried my best to read on but I gave up about half way thru.