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.
A book that should be give to High School graduates, and to yourself.
Read it, and then re-read it annually.
I nice gift. Good short read. Some very good rules but some not as interesting.Published 1 month ago by W. S. Mohn
Almost mean spirited at times and not particularly witty. Shallow and lacking insight. Or maybe I am just a cranky old lady...Nyhh that's not it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juditha712@yahoo
Follow Rosenblatt's rules and how you age will be a gift to those you care about most. The are simply and amusingly illustrated. I turn seventy this year. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nikki Hanna
This is an old book. 2000? Should not be out of print. ??Very funny !! Great gift for anybody, any time of yearPublished 2 months ago by Bonnie Albin
It reminded me that we're all basically the same and that we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously. Glad to be a part of the human race.Published 5 months ago by Aloe
Had some good ideas but some things I agreed with and others I did not. Also - why are these rules for aging? Even a 5-year old would profit from most of them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. James
Great true funny insightful and well worth re reading annually. I particularly recommend number 1, number 2, and number 21.Published 7 months ago by David W Roberson
From the content, book condition to delivery time, item price, I feel that all as good as or even better than i expectedPublished 9 months ago by Jack Chang