A true account of the author, a feature writer for the Globe and Mail, in the year he turned sixty. It is a funny and honest recording of what he feels and thinks every day at his "aging stage". As everyone gets older and not younger, his observation of his physical, psychological and intellectual change is a foretaste of what we would be expecting as we approach sixty. Hopefully we may feel less anxious as our body and look fails and time is beginning to disappear!
Like the other readers, I found this author's account of turning 60 years of age so painfully self-absorbed, I stopped reading it 1/3 of the way thru. How anyone could shortlist this book
"...for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction as well as a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize," is completely beyond me. Are we that short of quality non-fiction in Canada? To suggest that, "Sixty is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown..." turned sixty is only half true, but in this case, I have to say that 'honesty isn't always the best policy. A little humility might have served the author better.
I definitely won't be reading Brown's account about turning 65, but for the sake of the author, his friends, and family, I sincerely hope it's a more tempered transition!
I'm 67. Reading this book, I wished that Brown would quit whining and just get over himself. His self pity became overwhelming and I quit half-way through.
I turned sixty a few years back. I never gave it a second thought - it was just another Birthday. Thus it seems odd that Ian Brown attaches so much importance to it and suffers so much angst. I found his harping on medical conditions rather irritating. I have to admit the book was well written - it was just the topic that was rather morose. Come on Ian you can do better.
Watching Brown being interviewed on TV about this book drew me to read it. The stories in the book were not nearly as interesting or funny as they were as he related the ones he spoke about on TV. Reading the book turned out to be a disappointment primarily due to his repeated complaining about his current age. Deal with it and move on has always been my live philosophy as I prepare to move into my 70's.
What a whiner!
And about money. Seriously.
I'm a few past his 60 so know what it's like.
For me, this was a silly book. I didn't find it humorous, just trite.
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