Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
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Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?


From the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Moon comes a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was actually...sixty.
     Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly. As Ian writes, "It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind, or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped twenty years ago."
     Ian began keeping a diary with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as keeping a running tally on how he survived the year, Ian explored what being sixty means physically, psychologically and intellectually. "What pleasures are gone forever? Which ones, if any, are left? What did Beethoven, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucien Freud do after they turned sixty?" And most importantly, "How much life can you live in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?"
     With formidable candour, he tries to answer this question: "Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded--and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?" For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness?

Title:Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? Reviews

  • David
    Oct 26, 2015

    I heard Ian Brown on the radio talking about this book how he chronicled one year after turning sixty. He sounded good and I loved "The Boy in the Moon." Plus sixty isn't that far off (sigh). My wife ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Jun 29, 2016

    I'm turning sixty this year, and my husband did so last month, and all my old friends either just have or are just about to, so how could I pass up this little memoir?Ian Brown decides to keep a journ...

  • Krista
    Feb 06, 2016

    Getting older is a process of getting lonelier and lonelier until, at the end, you are completely solitary, and then you are officially dead. When national columnist and frequent essayist Ian Brown t...

  • Claire
    Feb 02, 2016

    I wanted so badly to like this book because I have always admired Ian Brown's pieces in the Globe and Mail. However, the tone of the book really drove me self pitying!! I am a few years old...

  • Liz
    Sep 21, 2016

    A very enjoyable read about the trials of turning sixty - humorous and informative, but mostly humorous, I found it laugh-out-loud funny often enough to annoy my kids. I told my older son it would be ...

  • Lise Champagne
    Apr 17, 2017

    Although he had me laughing out loud at times, it wasn't often enough.I found that I tired of the rambling on. I also was wondering how he could still be married to his wife after all these years as h...

  • Dd
    Dec 13, 2015

    I'm torn between a rating of 3 and 3.5.... To me there is a difference.It's good... And some parts great... I think Brown is a great writer and I decided to read Sixty even tho I'm nowhere near 60 bec...

  • Bruce
    Aug 27, 2016

    I just now finished reading this book by Ian Brown, a diary that he wrote when he turned sixty years old. I had hoped that the book would contain much wisdom, but I was disappointed. I found it to be ...

  • John Owen
    Sep 22, 2016

    I don't think you need to be sixty or over to enjoy this book but it probably helps. The author started writing about turning sixty and aging in general after his sixtieth birthday. He is candid and h...

  • Diane Centolella
    Nov 07, 2016

    Maybe it is just me. Maybe I am just burnt out on funny books about aging. Maybe I am getting so close to 70 that people belly-aching about turning 60 just seem like sissies. Maybe this one wasn't as ...

About Ian Brown

Ian Brown

A Canadian journalist and author.He is currently the host of Human Edge and The View from Here on TVOntario, and has hosted programming for CBC Radio One, including Later the Same Day, Talking Books, and Sunday Morning.He has also worked as a business writer at Maclean's and the Financial Post, a feature reporter for The Globe and Mail, and a freelance journalist for other magazines including Satu