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Jeanne Calment: From Van Gogh's Time to Ours, 122 Extraordinary Years Hardcover – Large Print, May 1, 1999


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  • Series: Thorndike Senior Lifestyle
  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786217774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786217779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Whipple on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This out-of-print biography presents Jeanne Calment as a fiesty, headstrong supercentenarian who leaps over the boundaries of our human lifespan, at least as defined by verifiable statistics. The four authors, all scientists, unveil here a multi-year and cooly scientific study and, along the way, probe a grandame's physiology, wit and charm with alacrity and grace. That is, the book never stoops to treating Calment as an oddity or specimen. Through such delicate and respectful treatment, the soul of a remarkable woman emerges: a society grand dame who lives a structured, even sheltered, existence, and through a fiery wit and tomboy spirit stubbornly refuses to die.

There aren't many nuggets of advice on diet and lifestyle, though, so anyone seeking an exhaustive tome on the subject of longevity should look elsewhere. And although conservative in outlook, she's generally apolitical; she seems unmoved, at best, by any feminist indentity even though she rides, shoots and smokes like the boys. The emphasis here's on Calment: who she is in her essence...what makes her tick. The psychological profile as presented through multiple transcripts is both subtle and sophisticated and will, I think, interest the applied expert.

The book's an inspiration. Still, at times I found the smallish biography too sketchy and wished the authors would've provided more. The employment of Calment's own dialogue, however repetitive, does provide glimpses into a woman whose quiet melancholy, having lost everyone she loves the most, remains untrammeled by her joyous and yes indomitable spirit. She's a master of zingers and one-liners, too.

A worthwhile read if you can procure it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Spence on March 25, 2014
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Too bad this interesting book about Jeanne Calment (which I was lucky enough to buy), is out of print. Jeanne Calment was, is, the oldest documented human ever. Who lived almost 123 years. She is still the champion record holder. And what's more, Calment was in excellent health until her last few months. She ate moderately but never denied herself anything. Loved gourmet chocolate and fine port and wine. Her diet and the way she ate, as reported in this book, remind me of The Elixxir Program which is based on the only proven age-retarding and life-extending diet known to modern science and medicine. While I would not claim Calment knew about this program, much less practiced it, I have read this book by one of her medical doctors Michel Allard and I must say Calment's way of eating and diet are a rough approximation of The Elixxir Program. Until now, the program has been mostly personal coaching, which because of the intensive and expert labor, is quite pricey. But you can check out The Elixxir Program Executive Report, which would be an excellent practical substitute for this Jeanne Calment book. Life Extension magazine says about Elixxir, the program's creator: "Imagine living to 120 and beyond, with youthful vigor...Elixxir...is living proof."
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