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on October 2, 2000
At Eighty-Two is an incredible though painful final journal from Sarton. If you are reading Sarton for the first time, read Journal of a Solitude or (my favorite) Recovering first, and then turn to this one. Sarton deals in this journal primarily with the diminishment of old age. Being quite ill at the time, she occassionally comes accross quite bitter, but perhaps this is what makes this journal so poignant and so important for a society that either forgets about or romantizes old age.
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on June 17, 2013
A truthful testament to the grace of dimishment. May Sarton speaks in enduring human terms about growing old. As I have always appreciated her sensitivity and uniqueness to the truth of the lives of animals, I would expect nothing less for her inner truth. She is and always will be a glorious, moving and important author.
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on October 27, 2015
I have been really enjoying May Sarton's journals and this one in particular because there was plenty of conflict. Her lovely garden and cordial friends are always welcome parts of her journals, but I need some adversity. It is interesting to see how May copes with frequent depression, rigorous weather, health problems, her large house, and her high volume of correspondence. For an 82-year-old, she was amazing in the way she handled her life (admittedly she had help). But I could certainly understand why she became overwhelmed sometimes and would wish for the end of her life to come. I find all of her journals to be such pleasant reading because she never complains incessantly. She is such a positive woman that she can't just write in a negative manner page after page. She always finds something beautiful to discuss--whether it be a person she knows and loves, an aspect of nature she finds beautiful, or a food she enjoys. She is always feeling gratitude about something. Great bedtime reading.
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on June 21, 2007
Sarton's last several journals are, in my opinion, not worth the money. That she attempted to continue writing when she had to dictate her thoughts put much too much of a strain upon her, I feel. Sarton was a competent, sometimes excellent, writer in her earlier years, but these final few journals are more painful to read than illuminating. House By the Sea began the decline of quality of her journals, it seemed to me, perhaps due to my frustration with Sarton's apparent inability to comprehend how dangerous allowing Judy Matlack, her longtime lover and companion, to wander about unsupervised was when it was clear to any reasonably perceptive reader that Matlack was so senile that she needed near-constant supervision. Sarton, however, clearly alternated between concern for Matlack and frustration with her that arose from denial of the seriousness of Matlack's condition. In the end, it was quite sad to witness such clear evidence of Sarton's inability to consider realistically the needs of others, which ultimately foreshadowed her eventual inability to stop trying to write when doing so was clearly beyond her sadly diminished capabilities.

The succeeding journals, chronicling Sarton's gradual deterioration and accompanying fury and frustration at her decline, are wrenching and not particularly enlightening unless witnessing a once-effective writer's diminishment intrigues you for some perverse reason.

Stick with Sarton's earlier works, Plant Dreaming Deep or Journal Of a Solitude.
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on September 22, 2014
May Sarton may be best known for her poetry or perhaps for her novels, but her journals have been the most important for me - rich in insight, intelligence, and courage in the face of illness, this journal is something all readers will find rich and memorable.
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on April 5, 2016
The condition of the book was very good.
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on July 11, 2010
I did not buy this book for myself. I was told it was a very good book and easy to read. Arrived in good condition and was packaged well. Recommend the seller for promptness.
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