Spunky. Memoirs can lead readers to reflect on some of life’s big questions through a peek into an individual’s recollections of the paths taken. Diana Athill’s memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, was written by her at age 91, following fifty years as a literary editor. Her writing is clear and crisp, and she tackles those aspects of life many of us would prefer to avoid, ignore, or just wish would not happen to us. She covers relationships, sex, religion, and health with a dispatch and a way of talking about herself that does not preach to readers. The losses that come with the passage of time need not remove the spunk from life or diminish optimism. The fewer than two hundred pages of Somewhere Towards the End made me feel just fine about whatever the passage of time will bring to my life.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)