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An elegantly written retrospective on time, life and memory
on 3 March 2016
Penelope Lively's look back over her life is, typically, well-written, thoughtful and reflective. She touches on many of the themes that run through her novels: time, the sense of layering that combines past with present in so many aspects of life, and the role of memory. A personal take on what it is like to age, Lively rarely feels sorry for herself with some of the discomforts that age brings. Instead, she offers an accessible and highly engaging memoir that looks at different aspects of her life, through memory, books and writing, and a few important possessions that, for her, bring together that sense of past and present.
Here is someone with plenty to say about what it is to have lived in a particular period of time. It's about as far away from the empty-headed, ghost written "celebrity" memoirs that litter the shelves these days as you could possibly imagine. An interesting and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in the passage of time and the impact it has on all of us. One Amazon reviewer has said that this is a book to read only if you're in your seventies and apparently approaching the end of your own life - utter nonsense.