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By May Sarton

May Sarton confronts the pleasures and compromises of outdated age during this deeply relocating memoir accomplished a number of months ahead of she died

In this poignant and fearless account, Sarton chronicles the struggles of existence at eighty-two. She juxtaposes the quotidian info of life—battling a leaky roof, sharing a day nap along with her cat, the enjoyment of shopping for a brand new mattress—with lyrical musings approximately paintings, famous person, committed associates, and the constraints wrought via the frailties of age. She creates poetry out of daily life, no matter if bemoaning a scarcity of popularity through the literary institution or the devastation wrought by means of a chain of strokes.

Incapacitated through affliction, Sarton is dependent upon buddies for the little issues she constantly took without any consideration. As she turns into a growing number of conscious of "what holds existence jointly in a doable whole," she takes solace in plant life and chocolate and analyzing letters from committed fanatics. This magazine takes us into the guts and brain of a unprecedented artist and girl, and is a must-read for Sarton devotees and someone dealing with the truth of turning out to be older.

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I think something in my eight-year-old self vowed that embarrassing morning that I would never fail at public speaking again. My mother spent some time with her real mother, Juah, in their village, but mostly with her foster mother, Mrs. Dunbar, in Monrovia. Grandma Juah also came to Monrovia often. Family connections are vitally important to Liberians and to Africans in general, and my mother was no exception. Grandma Cecilia, as we called her, had been vitally important to my mother, and she became vitally important to us children as well.

What’s more, aside from the foreign-owned rubber, palm, and coffee plantations and some medium-sized farms that produce coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, and oil palm for cash, most farming in Liberia is subsistence, and most farmers are small. Practices remain low tech and traditional: farmers lightly clear small sections of land using hand tools, plant cassava, rice, and okra in mixed patches at the start of the rainy season, and then wait. Cultivation is shifting, livestock production is low, and most farmers grow only enough to feed their families or villages.

The Monrovia of my childhood was zinc houses and hilly dirt streets, papaya trees and cassava plants, flowering gardens and wooden out-houses: simple, friendly, close-knit. Home. Monrovia was also, from the beginning, the undisputed seat of power of Liberia. In the years immediately following the founding of Monrovia, slave-owning states, hoping to rid themselves of the worrisome free blacks in their midst, formed their own societies and founded their own colonies, working independently of the ACS.

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