9780345422958

The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty

ISBN 10: 0345422953 / 0-345-42295-3
ISBN 13: 9780345422958
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
When she was young, distinguished author and critic Carolyn Heilbrun solemnly vowed to end her life when she turned seventy. But on the advent of that fateful birthday, she realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. Now, the astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the emotional and intellectual insights that brought her "to choose each day for now, to live." There are reflections on her new house and her sturdy, comfortable marriage; sweet solitude and the pleasures of sex at an advanced age; the fascination with e-mail and the joy of discovering unexpected friends. Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun's moveable feast. They are merely the price of bountiful living.

Review:
"Provocative and wise....[S]he does convey her own sense of joy in her sixties."

Selwa Roosevelt, Washington Post Book World, 03/30/1997

Review:
"This very satisfactory collection of essays celebrates the author's seventieth decade as she looks back on it from her serene and energetic eighth....Unlike some of her peers--Doris Grumbach and May Sarton among them--she has not grown crankier as she has grown older....[and] each piece, more or less fruitfully, discusses coming to terms with the past and formulating the terms of the present 'without a constant...stream of anger and resentment, without the daily contemplation of power always in the hands of the least worth.' In essence, the author describes a state not of growing older but of being older, a state that incorporates both grace and growth. Drawing elegantly on the poets and authors she has taught and written about, from Andrew Marvell to Gloria Steinem, Heilbrun offers a glimpse not only of the rewards of aging, but of feminist battles fought and won."

Kirkus, 02/15/97

 

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