Sixty: My Year of Aging Semi-Gracefully

Sixty: My Year of Aging Semi-Gracefully

  • from-ontario
  • general-other-non-fiction
  • memoir
  • narrative

Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon-to-be elderly. As Ian writes, "It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind, or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped twenty years ago."

Ian began keeping a diary with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as keeping a running tally on how he survived the year, Ian explored what being sixty means physically, psychologically and intellectually. "What pleasures are gone forever? Which ones, if any, are left? What did Beethoven, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucien Freud do after they turned sixty?" And most importantly, "How much life can you live in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?"

With formidable candour, he tries to answer this question: "Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?"


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Rights Holder: Westwood Creative Artists

rights sold: Canada, Korea, China, USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 13 and up

number of pages: 320

publication date: 09/25/2015

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book