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Alive, Alive, Oh! And Other Things That Matter

Posted by nliakos on October 4, 2018

by Diana Athill (W. W. Norton, orig. published in 2004)

Diana Athill was in her nineties, living in a nursing home in the U.K., when she wrote these essays about aging, dying, her grandparents’ home in Norfolk (where she spent her summers as a child), women’s fashions, life during and after the Second World War, her unconventional love life, a visit to the island of Tobago, her pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in her forties, her fellow residents in the nursing home, Lord Byron and Thomas Boswell, and more. According to Wikipedia, Athill is still around, having turned 100 last year, so this may not have been her last book. I enjoyed it.

Favorite quote:  What I was really happy with was a lover who had a nice wife to do his washing and look after him if he fell ill, so that I could enjoy the plums of love without having to munch through the pudding.

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