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Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old [Hardcover]

Jane Miller
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2 Sep 2010
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.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; 1st edition edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086498
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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* 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Honest 30 Oct 2010
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A wonderfully rueful, witty, elegantly written, piercingly accurate - and often very funny - meditation on old age. I absolutely identify with her, constantly chuckling with wry recognition, and dammit, I'm five years ahead of her!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 6 Dec 2010
By Tchang
I loved every word of this beautifully, thoughtfully written book. But it is a book for people who like to read and to think at the same time - something some of the reviewers here are clearly not interested in doing. And, yes, it's not a joke book, but it is, at times, very funny about some pretty serious subjects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it is! 7 May 2014
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I really appreciate the candid, humorous and relaxed treatment of the subject of ageing and it's effect on especially women.
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I do object to having to write something after I have rated a product. I have expressed my opinion by rating it haven't I?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good news on being old 21 May 2013
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Jane Miller writes appealingly and objectively about what it's like to be old. She covers a good range of topics, including the
'hospital years' as she calls them, relations with younger folk, and death, to name a few. Throughout, she acknowledges the realities of declining physical and mental health that attend the process of being old. One has to be tough to last very long on this journey of old age. But she sustains a reasonable optimism, suggesting that in some respects one can come to new insights and understandings that greatly enrich the life of old people. I recommend the book highly.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
3.5 stars I think.
Some great insights into an intelligent, thoughtful woman's ideas and stories on ageing and dying.
A few parts I skipped - almost book reviews of books she likes on the subject that just didn't interest me.
Lots to digest, and I now am thinking about how I will be using my (hopefully decades long) retirement years.
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