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Not Dead Yet A Manifesto for Old Age – Julia Neuberger – Book Review

In her furious 10-point manifesto for grey power, Julia confronts a shameful injustice and in doing so sets us on the road to change that benefits us all.

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Anne Tyler – Noah’s Compass

This is a novel that features a normal person with ordinary abilities and no particular passion for life. Unmotivated readers (aging with nothing in particular to look forward to in life) will be able to identify with this story. It reminded me a bit of The Ignored * Bentley Little

The main character is 60 years old, has lost his job as a teacher and does not feel like looking for another job. As a matter of fact he sees no reason to continue living. Then some things happen, he sees a glimpse of hope, his spirits are lifted, then it all falls apart, but then he makes it through with a new lease on (and appreciation of) life. He also has a degree in philosophy so he has the consolation of philosophy.

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As the crow flies – by Jeffrey Archer – Book Review

I wanted to see if I can continue reading Jeffrey Archer after the fiasco with Jeffrey Archer – Mightier than the sword and I have mixed thoughts about the latest book I picked up. It was boring in parts but quite interesting in others. All in all, it was a solid 2.34/5.

This is a fairly good 200 page novel, hiding inside 600 pages. It was easy to read, but not very fulfilling. I like novels with a rich background so that you can lose yourself in the time and place. This fat novel was thin in substance. I was ready to quit on it at the halfway point, as I became tired of reading of each shop being purchased with great detail about how much it cost, and what a good deal Charlie got on each one. I continued on, and the story improved somewhat. I never felt anything for any of the characters. They all seemed one dimensional.

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William Trevor* The story of Lucy Gault

Shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize

I’ve picked it up from my bookshelf but I never thought I would find so little to love in this story. Everything was truly predictable, the characters lacked vitality and the only high-point in the entire book was the possibility of a romance. And even that one dwindled in the wind.

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Psychology

Dementia – how does it feel to be uncertain about your wits in retirement?

King Lear is one of the greatest portrayals of ageing in Western literature. It explores the sense of uncertainty that can result from retirement, and the role-reversal that often comes with ageing, as the children become the parents. Throughout the play, Lear’s behaviour is changeable. At times he grows irrationally angry, while at others he appears like a vulnerable child. Some people have suggested that Lear might actually be suffering from a form of dementia; others, however, are sceptical of the diagnosis.

And it’s estimated that one in three of us will have dementia by the time we die at the end of life.

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Stephen King

Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King Book Review

HeartsInAtlantis_7243In “Hearts in Atlantis” Stephen King reaches the maturity every author tries to achieve during his career. Along the five stories existent in the book, King blends in his fantasy magna-opus (The Dark Tower) with some touching tales about discovering life during the sixties in US, and how some of the people of that generation deal with the aftermath.
Five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity

The first story was adapted for the big screen and even if you might not have noticed, it’s not only connected to Insomnia (the little men in the coats) but also to Shining, as the boy, Bobby, has a shine equal to Danny’s.

Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.