Sixty

Sixty

A Diary of My Sixty-first Year

Book - 2015
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Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction as well as a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, Sixty is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was...sixty. By the author of the multiple award-winning The Boy in the Moon.
    
Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly. As Ian writes, "It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind, or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped twenty years ago."
     Ian began keeping a diary with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as keeping a running tally on how he survived the year, Ian explored what being sixty means physically, psychologically and intellectually. "What pleasures are gone forever? Which ones, if any, are left? What did Beethoven, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucien Freud do after they turned sixty?" And most importantly, "How much life can you live in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?"
     With formidable candour, he tries to answer this question: "Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded--and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?" For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness?

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Random House Canada, c2015
ISBN: 9780307362841
Branch Call Number: 155.67 BRO
Characteristics: 313 p. ;,21 cm.

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taylor501
Aug 06, 2017

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!

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Alanbooks
Nov 10, 2016

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.

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writermala
Oct 27, 2016

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.

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Whitby106
May 12, 2016

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.

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islandqueen47
Feb 16, 2016

What a whiner!
And about money. Seriously.
$95 haircuts!
I'm a few past his 60 so know what it's like.

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Adele_Jaunty
Nov 30, 2015

For me, this was a silly book. I didn't find it humorous, just trite.

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