Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?

Category: Book
By (author): Brown, Ian
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Mid-Life
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.30in x 5.60in x 1.00in

Bookshelf comment

Did I really need to read a book about a sixty year old guy who wanted to be 40? This is what I thought when the book came in, but because Ian Brown had written such a heart opening book called the Boy in the Moon about his severely disabled son, I decided to give it a try. Brown writes in such a relaxed and conversational way that it is relaxing to read and even though some of his "hang-ups" drove me crazy (like is he still attractive to women...particularly young women), I was moved by the breadth of his knowledge. His reading life has made him the thoughtful man he is!

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*From the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Moon comes a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was actually...sixty.
     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?
Review Quote*LONGLISTED 2016- RBC Taylor Prize
Biographical NoteIAN BROWN is an author and a feature writer for the Globe and Mail whose work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. His most recent book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son, was a national bestseller and a New York Times and Globe and Mail Best Book. It was also the winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Trillium Book Award. His previous books includeFreewheeling, which won the National Business Book Award, and the provocative examination of modern masculinity, Man Overboard. He lives in Toronto.