Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year

Encore A Journal of the Eightieth Year Sarton writes perceptively of how age affects her the way small things take longer and tire what it feels like to endure pain and to be afraid Other days her energy returns her spirits lift and pr

  • Title: Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year
  • Author: May Sarton
  • ISBN: 9780393313178
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sarton writes perceptively of how age affects her the way small things take longer and tire , what it feels like to endure pain and to be afraid Other days her energy returns, her spirits lift, and projects abound Readers both new and old will cherish this latest dispatch from her ongoing journey.

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    1. I read Sarton's journals many years ago and I recall thinking what a nitpicking whiner she was. Now that I too am an octogenarian I am much more sympathetic and understanding. The journals are a record of her day to day activities, her love of flowers and arranging them , her devotion to her cat, shopping and visiting friends. One quickly realizes that her frail health impacts her writing. The journals are nothing is not honest. She shares herself openly. Despite her compromised health she was d [...]

    2. To take from her last entry: "Knowing my journals would be read has provided a certain discipline for me. It has forced me to try to be honest with myself and thus with my readers, not to pretend that things are better than they are, but learn to evaluate without self-pity or self-glorification what has been happening to me."I have read a few of May Sarton's works, including a couple of her Journals, and I find this one the one that I most resonated with. There were times when her honesty almost [...]

    3. - It seems quite unbearable but that is what spring is-the letting go. The waiting and waiting and waiting, and then the letting go. - - She said, 'I'll talk.' I could not help saying, 'But listening is difficult and tiring too; in fact, listening is much more tiring than talking for most people.' - - Yesterday I couldn't do anything. I realize when I have this pain how much I enjoy the little things like packing a suitcase or arranging flowers. If I cannot do them it is very frustrating. - - Al [...]

    4. Her penultimate journal has quite a bit of her basking in adulations from fans; while she may not have achieved widespread fame, she appears to have had quite a cult following, with whopping loot appearing for her birthdays and holidays! One point that struck me as odd: she mentions that the "rift" with Marynthia Farnham "drove" her out of Nelson, NH; however, I seem to recall that in her journal of that time (Journal of a Solitude) there was one brief passing reference to the matter. Another in [...]

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