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Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Deeply thoughtful, wry,and resilient, this fascinating and absorbing book about growing older is a literate andlife-enhancing look at what all of us—if we are lucky—can aspire to


"I like being old at least as much as I liked being middle aged and a good deal more than I liked being young."

Like Diana Athill's Somewhere Towards the End, this series of perceptive and warm-h
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Virago UK (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Wilde Sky
Dec 07, 2016 Wilde Sky rated it it was ok
This book contains a collection of musings on the ageing process / dying.

I found this book rambling / self-indulgent – there were a few good sections (mainly in chapter 11), but overall it was a bit disappointing.
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Jun 16, 2016 Mary Karpel-Jergic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aging, memoir
I enjoyed Jane Miller's book - maybe because I'm ageing. There was such resonance for me in her words and I really liked the way she delved into her wide knowledge of literature to present various views of ageing and of dying. Of course, ageing, like everything else will be shaped by the socio-cultural milieu that we each find ourselves in and Millar certainly recognises her own sets of privileges, not least the one which has her living in Kensington. An interesting life and a realistic ...more
Heather
Jan 24, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Jane gives a remarkable perspective of old age through her writing. She answered all of my questions about getting into that final season of life, including questions of time, friends, perspective, and death. I suppose if we're lucky, old age is inevitable, so it's worthwhile to appreciate and understand this phase of life.

There were a few parts of the book where the chapters seemed to run long, and at these times I would skip forward.
Katy Noyes
Mar 24, 2013 Katy Noyes rated it liked it
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.
Deborah J
Very mild. A bit self-regarding - what a name dropper - and not as good as Athill or Barnes on old age and dying.
Ian
Oct 23, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it
Very well written in many places and quite often thought provoking, however sometimes it just feels like its a review of books about other books which talk of old age
Sharen
May 20, 2013 Sharen rated it it was ok
A rather sobering look at what happens as we age, which will appeal to those who prefer the forthright approach. I found the author's sense of humour a touch too mordant.
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