No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year
Too young to get whisked away by a Stannah Stairlift, or to enjoy the luxury of a walk-in bath (but not so much that she doesn't enjoy comfortable shoes), Marie is all the same getting on in years - and she's thrilled about it. She's a bit preoccupied about whether to give up sex - Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! - but there are compensations, like falling in love with her baby grandson...more
According to the main character of this book, Marie Sharp, a woman turning 60 who decides to start a diary, there are only two ways to describe books: "One is: `Absolutely brilliant! You must read it!' or `Total cr@p. Don't touch it with a bargepole.' " Here in the USA we might refer to a "ten foot pole" rather than a "bargepole," but it wasn't for a lack of understanding British humor/humour or widely used British slang that made me find this effort not remotely...more
The summary and reviews promised a fun read, and one review likened it to a sort of Bridget Jones for seniors. So of course I had to read it! It started well enough, funny, light and even witty, especially when the author describes the neighborhood in which the story is set...more
I like the character of Marie. She offers inspiration for us all. Why not start at fifty-one?
The book has some poignant moments also, dealing with death, change and growing older. All of the main characters were a riot. I was chuckling a...more
A lovely book, a kin...more
Varying in age from late 30's to 50's none of us could find anything positive to say about this book. Based on the life of Marie as she approaches 60 in the form of a diary nothing of interest happens in the course of a all 247 pages. The main problem is that she is so content with life, she has absolutely no problems with reaching 60, has a great soci...more
author -- Virginia Ironside
This is a humorous fictional diary about a woman who turns 60 and decides to write a diary for the first time ever. The British character Marie is fresh, original, even outrageous. She’s not letting other people tell her how she should feel, live, or think. Her discourse is lively and assertive. She defies popular notions of older people. In other entries though, she conforms to them. I like that—she didn’t care of those sorts of...more
Well, I didn’t. In fact, I was bored silly. To begin with, is Ironside speaking only of single women? That’s the impression I got!
I didn’t feel there was any character development. Rather, the characters are stereotypes, as if the author had “made up” these almost stick-figures to get her point across.
These stereotypes are based on a...more
This book started out really great but by the end I was bored. The main character Marie is eccentric but yet amusing. She is in love with her friend, Archie, from her teenage years, who is now a widower, and only realizes it around halfway through her sixtieth year.
She muses about him and flirts with him and it is charming. Her friend, Penny, is dating a much younger man she met on an internet dating site and it gets to the point of her having sex with him and then the dreaded no call back and s...more
Yes, nothing huge and momentous happens, but this book is a Diary after all...more
I related to a lot of the main character's grumpiness and her philosphies of life as well (even though I'm in the 30-35 age group.) It reminded me of the 'grumpy old women' tv show which I also liked.
Not that the whole book is grumpy, far from it.
I also loved the positivity and humour of the book and the way it dealt with death. (It was so refreshing to see such a lack of self pity around this subject. That isn't quite what I mean to say but I can't...more
I see many positive reviews and wonder why. Fortunately I also see many a bad review and I feel relieved.
This book made me doubt about one of my received wisdom principles: book stores are needed because they provide added value by giving advice. I like to go to stores and see the books, and touch them, and check which ones the store staff liked. Well, I was in the English book store in Zürich and saw that someone had liked this one. The titl...more
It was a very light read and the shorter diary entries were perhaps the most amusing, most particularly the funny junk emails advertising sex toys and philosophy books...more
Age is just a number. But it makes you realize that everything is recycled. It starts, grows and dies. For the character in the book, she sees being old...more
I'm on the fence about this book, even though it had some fun moments at the beginning of the story, I did not find it a screamingly funny story about embracing life beyond middle age. It started out w...more
Really the only thing I could relate to was Marie's great love for her grandson and her insites on becoming a grandmother. The rest was pretty much pure dribble.
She did have a unique view on growing old...
She was loving it, as am I, but for entirely different reasons.
She's done the young thing - in the 1960s no less, when it really counted - and is ready to move on. She wants senior discounts. She doesn't want to worry about dating. And she's very ready for her new role as grandmother.
Senior status is not all roses, however. Friends are starting to die, and Mar...more
Usually I can read a 400 page, small...more