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Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-Ninth Year by [May Sarton]

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Like all of Sarton's journals, this is a testament to the joys of nature from a courageous and loving woman. It is different from the others ( Journal of a Solitude , etc.) in that now, at age 79 and living alone in her house in Maine, she must struggle with frailty and illness that make fierce inroads on her independence. She is so weak that she can no longer hold a pen but keeps up her writing by learning to use a dictaphone. And she has the help of a devoted secretary and numerous friends. Sometimes her pain is too much, but she discards the idea of suicide, thinking that "one must have one's death . . . not make one's own death." And her cats, birds, garden and visitors keep her ecstatically anchored in life. Looking into the heart of a pale yellow daffodil, she is exalted to discover its "center of emerald green, like a light." There is no comfort here for old age, with its daily records of pain, but Sarton's fans will find reassurance that her valiant spirit endures. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The story of the "last laps of a long-distance runner" enduring "a plateau of constant discomfort and "the knowledge that she will never get well," Sarton learns to accept dependency, write with a tape recorder, and adjust to frailty. Her solace is "root friends," flowers (her "small gods"), her cat, and her memories. She finds the courage to achieve again, "looking forward to the day." In this book, which is pervaded by the imagery of rain, she works through grief at the loss of her powers and records how women's friendships sustain her. Sarton has been lighthouse light for millions of women, and despite the dimming of that light, she remains the Sarton who wrote Journal of a Solitude ( LJ 4/1/73). This latest addition to her journal series is an essential purchase.
- Judy Hogan, Durham, N.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B010N002O0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media (August 18, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 18, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3198 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 376 pages
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May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Her parents were science historian George Sarton and his wife, the English artist Mabel Eleanor Elwes. In 1915, her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. She went to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started theatre lessons in her late teens. In 1945 she met her partner for the next thirteen years, Judy Matlack, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They separated in 1956, when Sarton's father died and Sarton moved to Nelson, New Hampshire. Honey in the Hive (1988) is about their relationship. Sarton later moved to York, Maine. She died of breast cancer on July 16, 1995. She is buried in Nelson, New Hampshire.

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