- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Momentum (April 29 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1760081329
- ISBN-13: 978-1760081324
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,931,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wake up call
June 22, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
As an older woman, there is much that resonates deeply with me in Liz Byrski's book, Getting on - Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing.I found myself frequently nodding in agreement as I read through each chapter. Like Byrski, I have always wanted to grow old, to live a long life. I celebrate each birthday and look forward with a sense of adventure and excitement to what the passing years might bring. Yet negative perceptions of ageing, particularly relating to women, surround us in our society and I despair at the way we are so often portrayed in the media. No wonder young women are terrified of growing old and devote so much of their energy to fighting against the inevitable. There needs to be a significant shift in perception and it is essays like Byski's that can play an important role in achieving this. Her thoughts are timely, well considered and beautifully expressed. She urges us to set aside our fear of age and "think about the richness and value of lives that have been and are still being lived" and says she is "learning to glide" through her life now, knowing she has nothing to prove and needs no one's approval but her own. The insights into Byrski's own life and how her experiences have shaped her thinking about ageing add a depth to the essay, a personal element that makes her message all the stronger. This book is a wake up call for a long overdue change in our approach to ageing. It is thought provoking, insightful and a "must read", not only for younger people who have yet to experience ageing but also for those who have accepted the general opinion that their lives are of lesser value because they are old. Highly recommended.
Three cheers and more for Liz Byrski
August 26, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Having read a couple of Liz's books and loved them, I was very interested in her thoughts on women and ageing. In the last few years, I have experienced some major changes in my life. I have also for the first time begun to become more aware of ageing both in myself, friends and family and its many implications. Turning 60 recently has also further focussed my thoughts and heightened my feelings. I really related to and agreed with, on both a personal and societal level, so many of the themes raised by Liz. It was comforting to see my concerns addressed so well and the negatives of ageing so well countered by the positives. I would highly recommend men and women of all ages to read this. Men to gain a better understanding of women and also because much of what is raised by Liz relates to challenges ageing men also face. Younger men and women to better understand ageing, an appreciation for seniors plus a brighter outlook on the future. Most importantly other women my age, especially if they are struggling with life as a senior, feeling invisible or alone. Thank you Liz.
Women and aging, the right to be old, a time to be treasured.
November 6, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
Getting on: some thoughts on women and aging. This is a powerful yet beautifully written argument for the right of women to age. For women to become old and to be accepted as such is at the heart of Liz Byrski's passionate plea. It was a great relief to hear of a woman who not only embraces being older, but cherishes every moment of it! I loved this novella and look forward to reading more by Liz Byrski on this subject.
At Last! A positive approach to ageing.
June 9, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this. The author's attitude to ageing is brilliant, refreshing and so positive but at the same time she's really grounded in reality. It is such a contrast to so much that is written about women and ageing which is usually so depressing. Liz Byrski argues that ageing is something to be embraced and enjoyed and to be approached with enthusiasm and curiosity. I love that and I especially appreciated what she wrote about the unpaid work of older women - caring for others in families and communities and how the government relies on this to avoid providing funds for all sorts of services. I'm in my fifties and I've always been okay with the idea of getting old, and after reading this I'm enthusiastic and curious about what the future has to offer. An absolute joy to read, I'm urging all my friends to read it. I've never read anything like this before it's so different from other stuff about getting old.
July 16, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I have always enjoyed Liz's novels and this essay doesn't disappoint either. I think it's wonderful. I cried when she talked of the gradual decline of her relationship with her frail and ailing parents, and the death of her school friend; laughed out loud at the lost ear-ring under the bed; and said 'Yep!' so many times. Liz has been able to tap into and share the universal consciousness of 'women of a certain age' with the other poor souls out there who don't yet understand how liberating ageing can be! I think her man is very lucky to be able to share her journey. It certainly won't be boring. Thank you so much Liz.