Alive, Alive Oh!

Alive, Alive Oh!

And Other Things That Matter

Book - 2015
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In this sequel to Costa Biography Award Winning Somewhere Towards the End , Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late nineties.
Publisher: Groydon : Granta Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781783782543
Branch Call Number: 828.9 ATH 2015
Characteristics: 168 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 08, 2019

This is like enjoying your favorite grandma, sharing the adventures of her lifetime, adventures of which nobody will ever have again because the world is a different place and nobody takes risks like they used to, and wishing she was your age so you could hang around her forever.

Diana Athill wrote this when she was 97, and I can't even imagine writing at 97, let alone being so lively still. The Alive Alive in the title is about something else - won't give it away - but she is twice as alive as me now and I'm just a baby in age comparison. Some people just live life so unencumbered by rules, peer and family pressure, inner voices screaming at you to be normal, and finance issues (which she had, but didn't fret or listen to like us regular humans do).

It's so easy to get out of your head and into her writing, to become someone who lives life to the fullest, who enjoys opportunities that most of us never had, or would have said no to because, again, we're regular people and she is extraordinary. Even at 97, she is more alive than everyone in my life. Probably yours, too.

Mar 04, 2016

Beautifully written, very engaging portrait of a very, very interesting lady!

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