Mortality. I imagine that if by the time of one’s eightieth birthday, thoughts of death haven’t become frequent, the individual may be out of touch with reality. Donald Hall remains in full grasp of reality, as his prose shows in a new book titled, Essays After Eighty. The parts about smoking, drinking and driving are so finely written that I reread some sentences multiple times. Fans of Hall’s poetry may see some threads in these essays. Any reader who enjoys fine writing will find something to like in this short collection.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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