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About Time [Kindle Edition]

Irma Kurtz
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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'Irma Kurtz, a veteran journalist, writer and London resident since 1970, is not going gently into that good night of the Third Age ... she tells not only her own story but has also drafted the likes of super-granny Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, the mouthy publican Norman Balon ... to say what, besides cheerfulness and bloody-mindedness, keeps them going. Excelsior!' (Iain Finlayson, The Times)

'This is by no means a mean-spirited rant -- it's a clever deconstruction of everything that has mattered to her and to most of us -- friendship, family, the struggle to improve, to look good, be well liked -- seen from her feisty, hard-fought outpost' (Kerry Fowler, Good Housekeeping)

'Her memoir veers between beady anecdote and a ruminative melancholy ... she is wonderful on the unexpected gains of old age ... a valuable contribution to the emerging literature of the third age' (Guardian)

'Kurtz brings humour to the subject ... Kurtz intersperses her own experiences with messages from people whose insights add much to the book's values ... and the way she captures their voices is as impressive as the way she preserves her own' (Diana Athill, Mail on Sunday)

'Be warned, Kurtz refusing to take getting old quietly is just the beginning' (Sunday Times)

'She successfully demolishes common notions of an enfeebled generation, while also celebrating the easily recognisable benefits: grandchildren, cruises, lifelong friendships ... a cheerful and animated guide to what the French elegantly term 'the third age"' (Time Out)

'An intriguing account ... all is interspersed with the fascinating musings of aged acquaintances ... this is an informative, albeit gently paced, read about the joys and misfortunes of growing oold, enlivened by Kurtz's sharp wit and insight' (She Magazine)

'Irma Kurtz is thoughtful and funny' (Choice Magazine)

'Witty and compassionate look at aging' (Bookseller)

'All the energy, maturity, wisdom and humour of Irma Kurtz ... these dozen inspiring interviews are spark-full of the instinct for survival and waymarked with strategies for living with the dignity and desires we take with us into the adventures of the Third Age' (Saga Magazine)

'Feisty OAP Irma Kurtz whizzes here and there taking a wry and witty squint at the art of growing old ... this is a wonderfully life-enhancing book, packed with optimism and humour' (Unite Magazine)

'Kurtz is no grumbling fool ... her meditations on growing old and the passage of time are worth reading' (City A.M.)

'Kurtz combines rejoicing in much of it with warnings ... and we had better listen to her, before we, too, fail to age well, and disgracefully' (Jewish Chronicle)

'A witty celebration of our twilight years ... she offers wise insights ... a joyful and moving expression of the next stage of life' (Soul & Spirit)

'A funny and insightful look at a subject that may be engrossing us before long' (Greenock Telegraph)

'A richly stimulating read, full of light and shade and vibrant humanity, a book whose perspicacity makes it truly pertinent to everyone' (Good Book Guide)

'An invigorating, funny and insightful read' (Mail on Sunday)

'A beautifully written examination of old age . . . delightful and inspirational' (Irish Times)

"Beautifully written examination of old age...delightful and inspirational" (Irish Times)

'Irma Kurtz's beautifully written examination of old age is a mixture of memoir, polemic and interviews with fascinating older people' - Irish Times,

(Irish Times)

'An invigorating, funny and insightful read' - Daily Mail, 29 Jan

(Daily Mail)

'Kurtz mixes her own family history with the reminiscences of some fascinating friends' - Sunday Times, 24 Jan (4 Stars) (Sunday Times)

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A frank, funny and compelling look at ageing

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, warm, incisive -- and a great read! 28 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
I don't think J. Harrison read the same book that I did! 'About Time' is a witty, funny and incisive look at the wonders and perils of growing older. I love the way Kurtz writes and her stories of her family were adorable, as were the short vignettes from the other contributors. Sure, there were moments of reflection, but heck, let's face it, growing old is rather disconcerting (to say the least!) and anyone who can make something positive of the experience, as Kurtz does with verve and humor in this book, gets my vote.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gracefully disgraceful 26 Sep 2009
By J. Scott-mandeville VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Irma Kurtz writes with wit and intelligence, perception and emotion, summing up so many of the little idiosyncrasies of old age, and revelling in the advantages of not being under 60 any more. Her Jewish background informs and entertains the more generalised whole, and the pace of book never falters. A great read for the over 60s which I can thoroughly recommend for winter evenings, holiday relaxation, easy reading for travelling, in fact any time. You won't be disappointed. Irma Kurtz had a light approach, choosing her words accurately and carefully, which has one nodding in agreement and empathy right the way through.

Younger readers take note that you may not be familiar with all those things that happened when your parents/grandparents were young but this book might be quite educational in the nicest way about some of the lighter aspects of the previous generations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise 20 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
Another excellent read from Irma Kurtz.
General musings on life and ageing told
in a humorous manner and with other's
insights included along the way. I would
recommend this an ideal book to encourage
you to not take thing's for granted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elucidating 30 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I felt that it was a wryly honest account of the travels of an indomitable lady. The writing was fluid and expressive. My interest was engaged throughout, and on several occasions I was moved to laughter. This is the only one of Irma's books that I have read so far, but I am now on the lookout for more.

Louise Gillett
Author of 'Surviving Schizophrenia: A Memoir'.
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