Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time
A memoir that addresses ageing, memory, time and a life in the 20th century, by one of our greatest writers, Penelope Lively.
In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and considers the implications of this new demographic. She looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day. She examines the tricks and truths of memory. She looks back over a lifetime of reading and writing. And finally she looks at her identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others. This is an elegant, moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bodachliath - www.librarything.com
I found this a very enjoyable and interesting "view from old age". A wry and erudite reflection on the experience of being 80, memory, changing perspectives, history, books and artifacts and their associations. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tangledthread - www.librarything.com
Although the subtitle of the book is "a memoir", this is not your typical memoir. But neither are her other memoir type books: Oleander, Jacaranda: a Childhood Perceived and A House Unlocked. Dancing ... Read full review