Rosenblatt describes the short book (only 140 pages), which began with a column he wrote for Modern Maturity, as a "little guide intended for people who wish to age successfully, or at all." He adds that "growing older is as much an art as it is a science, and it requires fewer things to do than not to do."
Ranging from the fatalistic (rule 1: "It doesn't matter") to the highly practical (rule 26: "Never go to a cocktail party and, in any case, do not stay more than 20 minutes"), rule 2 best illustrates the tone for much of what follows ("Nobody is thinking about you"):
Yes, I know, you are certain that your friends are becoming your enemies; that your grocer, garbage man, clergyman, sister-in-law, and your dog are all of the opinion that you have put on weight, that you have lost your touch, that you have lost your mind; furthermore, you are convinced that everyone spends two-thirds of every day commenting on your disintegration, denigrating your work, plotting your assassination. I promise you: Nobody is thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves--just like you.
Other notables include "Let bad enough alone" (rule 3), "Stay clear of anyone--other than a clergyman--who refers to God more than once in an hour" (rule 8), "Do not attempt to improve anyone, especially when you know it will help" (rule 29), "The unexamined life lasts longer" (rule 40), "Change no more than one-eighth of your life at a time" (rule 48), and "The game is played away from the ball" (rule 55). Nowhere will you find talk of antioxidants or exercise or anything resembling a detox program. Rosenblatt is no health nut, and there is already plenty of material available on that. What you will encounter instead is a gifted writer clearly enjoying his craft, making this slim volume a welcome poke at and departure from the more predictable antiaging fare. --Patrick Jennings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book should be titled 'Rules for Living' It's great fun to read!Published 8 days ago by JF Jones
This book is a simple but profound look at the ideas and pointless thoughts that we allow to control our lives. Read morePublished 13 days ago by cooperkat10
Since I just turned 50 I thought this was a good book to read – and it was. Lots of fun, witty and truthful thoughts on life and how to live a better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John B. Spence
Read this book for its delightful humor and unvarnished truth. Okay maybe its slightly shellacked. But the book is cheaper than a therapy session with some 30 something and in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry Myers
Short sections on various subjects are wise and pithy. Overall tone is light hearted and fun, but I've found some very solid advice and food for thought.Published 1 month ago by seamus hail
More truthful and funnier--you just can't get. Rosenblatt is a treasure of a teacher. Got to be at least 50 to appreciate this.Published 1 month ago by Jade R Holland
i needed this! Very entertaining and totally true. His tongue in cheek approach makes the lessons easier to absorb without pain.Published 2 months ago by david j. perez
This book will explain how to grow older with less stress and live with lower expectations,thus making aging a lot more fun.Published 4 months ago by Suzanne M