Monday, April 9, 2018

Endgame


I've been laid low by a nasty cold that has left my head feeling as if it were stuffed with particularly low-grade cotton. Perhaps because of feeling especially in-valid just now, I was tempted by the Kindle bargain offer of May Sarton's journal of her seventy-ninth year. Maybe, I thought, she'll have some wisdom to offer in regard to aging and illness.

Now, I don't think I've ever read any of her work -- though the name is familiar to me. But at this point in my life, I'm quite interested in how others deal with the endgame (what a great title!)

This journal is a very intimate and somewhat scattered account of her days: her visitors, her struggles to write, her small victories, and her growing acceptance of help from others. It's a bit like reading a friend's blog  -- some posts are more interesting than others and there's a lot about the cat and the weather -- but there's an intimacy that's quite charming.

I'm not very far in but I'm finding a lot to like about Sarton who died in 1995 at the age of eighty-two. I foresee a Sarton binge  -- she wrote novels and poetry and journals.

Any recommendations?



7 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

We're all approaching the place where we at least start to think about it.

KarenB said...

I haven't thought of May Sarton in ages. I know I read a few books by her, I think both journal and fiction, and, even reading the list of titles by her, I can't remember what they were although I remember I enjoyed them. Not terribly helpful, I know!

Barbara Rogers said...

When I was younger, at least in my late 40s, I read her "On Turning 70" or something like that. I loved it! Of course I have read a few others since then, but that always struck me as most enjoyable, especially talking about her garden.

Bernadette Wood said...

I hope your feeling better Vicki. I only can say I know exactly how you feel. ❤️

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I don't have any recommendations, but I know my mother read many of her books and liked them. I like the title, too. I hope you are feeling better by now.

Anonymous said...

At the age of 78, it's easy to remember that every day is a gift. Not so easy to keep exercising, but I must! Hope you're better by today, dear Vicki.
Deana the Queena

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