Sixty: The Beginning Of The End, Or The End Of The Beginning?

November 15, 2017|
Sixty: The Beginning Of The End, Or The End Of The Beginning? by Ian Brown
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Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers'' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction as well as a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, Sixty is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was...sixty. By the author of the multiple award-winning The Boy in the Moon.
    
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?" For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness?
IAN BROWN is an author and a feature writer for the Globe and Mail whose work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. His most recent book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father''s Search for His Disabled Son, was a national bestseller and a New York Times and Globe and Mail Best Book. I...
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Title:Sixty: The Beginning Of The End, Or The End Of The Beginning?
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:336 pages, 8.3 X 5.6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.3 X 5.6 X 1 in
Published:November 15, 2017
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780307362841

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