This book was alot like sitting down next to a person and unknowingly striking up a conversation that turns into a topic of endurance: The ability to produce work toward the final portion of ones life. Nicholas Delbanco confronts a wide array of writers, painters and musicians in effort to case study and find the source of lastingness. To continue his craft while challenging the current attitudes toward the elder section of society that everyone expects to wither away.
To be able to keep the embers of the soul glowing is an art upon itself. This is examined in the works of Yeats, who is a writer that thrived to the end with much success. Even after receiving the Pulitzer Prize, which is a capping stone for many others. By attesting to his exhaustion and writing of his reduced desire to produce work, Yeats maintained continuity, “by such a conjuration the writer can trick time.”
Each person summated during this novel has a different perspective on producing work. In the end it is the ability to adapt and change, “to substitute efficiency for energy.” When discussing Liszt the author states “the music of his final years is shown of ornamentation in a way that those who heard him early on would not likely have predicted.”
Many of the questions that get raised during this search for reasoning lead to greater knowledge and more questions that linger to be answered at another time.
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