Coming into Eighty

May Sarton


We have so few voices that tell us what to expect when we age. May Sarton is one of the few, and we are lucky to have her record of what old age is like. Whether in her journals, or her poetry, her clear voice articulates the challenges and rewards of the end of life.

Whether it’s the delights of ‘Lunch in the Garden’ or the power of memory in ‘The Tides’, she is able to put into words what many of us feel, but are unable to express: the joy of a warm summer day or the pull of memories that we are unable to resist and are swept away by.

I’m reading it to get ready.


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