- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230767753
- ISBN-13: 978-0230767751
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Age (The School of Life) Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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In an ageist world, it is so great to look at all the positives about being older. Hooray for Anne Karpf!
“The media are on permanent age watch, with celebrities apparently fair game. Newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs monitor and police their appearance for signs of ageing, but also for signs of too much ‘work’ to conceal ageing.” We also learn that “Walmart has even introduced a skincare line, Geo-Girls, for tweens-8-12 year old girls-with cosmetics, and anti-ageing creams containing antioxidants.”
Of course along with big pharma, these are the very corporations that have a heavily invested commercial interest in perpetuating these myths, lies and fears, suggesting and insisting that consumption is the solution.
Karpf also turns to a number of inspiring and interesting people like Maggie Kuhn, Florida Scott-Maxwell and Diana Athill who all have some really valuable advice and theories to help us look at age in fresh and original ways. I also learned a wonderful new word in, Senecide, the killing of old people. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Karpf’s work. Towards the end she sums up her thoughts saying,
“Those who urge us to fight ageing are, in effect, inviting us to stop growing and developing. In so doing, they’re depriving us of the opportunity to carry out and successfully complete the task of being alive and human. Individually and collectively we’re being infantilized: we should insist on the right to grow up.”
Style-wise, the book has rounded corners (in the manner of a moleskine notebook) and lots of photos, printed in black and white alongside the text on the matt pages. Clearly shooting at an intellectualism of look, rather than risk drowning among the oceans of self-help, this book lives up to its intellectual promise - but you'll get some help for yourself as a bonus.
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excellent - not a book to read in one go- take your time...Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book with many good points made. Made me think and that's what a good book should doPublished 22 months ago by TONY MCCLAREN
It was a very interesting, informative and enlightening read.Published on 18 Feb. 2015 by mrs p wylie
Little sympathy with how people might feel as they age. Also no mention at all of Jung's divisions for life where the fourth one is where we have the chance to give to society.Published on 5 Sept. 2014 by A. Stone
There are many books on this topic now, so guess it's hard to break new ground. I didn't find that this did. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by Neophyte
Great book. A really thoughtful and honest look at how we deal with ageing and how we can change our attitudes. It was a very positive read and afterwards I felt uplifted.Published on 12 Jun. 2014 by Anitab