The Last Gift of Time

The Last Gift of Time

Life Beyond Sixty

Book - 1997
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As a young woman, Carolyn Heilbrun made a resolution not to live past "three score years and ten." Taking her own life at the age of seventy, she reasoned, would lend clean closure to a life well lived, and would keep her from the many tragedies of aging--becoming a burden to her children, witnessing the deterioration of her body, falling prey to a crippling disease. But on the advent of her seventieth birthday, she looked back on the past ten years and found, to her surprise, that her sixties had been the happiest decade of all: after fifty years, her marriage had matured into a happy balance of companionship and respect for solitude; she had developed deep friendships with her grown children and a small circle of peers; she had mastered a highly successful career as a scholar and writer. In the poignant, essayistic writing that best showcases her elegant talent and provocative mind, Carolyn Heilbrun celebrates the many pleasures of a mature life. Filled with wisdom, knowledge, wry humor, and literary allusion,The Last Gift of Timeis a moving book for all women invested in the pursuit of leading a woman's life to its fullest capacity.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 1997.
ISBN: 9780385313254
Characteristics: 225 pages


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Jun 22, 2015

Read this book twice now and each time, 10 years apart, it has been like sitting with an older woman more experienced with all that I am living, and a real pleasure for this companionship.

ser_library Jul 10, 2010

i read this 20 years ago and still remember it with delight. CH's background as a scholarly writer and literary mystery authour is well known; this memoir completes the picture.

My favourite chapter is about the house of her own.

Nov 10, 2009

Her views seem rather old-fashioned in some ways so I was surprised to find that she labels herself a feminist. If found the writing stilted and self-indulgent. Many quotes of other writers make it difficult to believe she has many ideas of her own. It was a disappointment - perhaps because just finishing Steinhem's "Revolution from Within", which seems so much more authentic.

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Jun 22, 2015

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