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Among the people Bateson engages in open-ended, in-depth conversations are a retired Maine boatyard worker who has become a silversmith and maker of fine jewelry; an African American woman who explores the importance of grandmothering; two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring; the retired dean of a cathedral in New York City who exemplifies how a multiplicity of interests and connections lead to deeper unity; and Jane Fonda, who shares her ways of dealing with change and spiritual growth.
Here is a book that presents each of us - at any age - with an exhilarating challenge to think about and approach our later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. At the same time, it speaks to us as members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and not yet born, will inherit. "We live longer," she says, "but we think shorter." As adults find themselves entering Adulthood II, making the choices that will affirm and complete the meaning of the lives they have lived, they can play a key role, contributing their perspectives and their experience of adapting to change. In our day, wisdom is no longer associated with withdrawal and passivity but with engagement with others and the contribution that Bateson calls "active wisdom".
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By Peter on 06-09-12
Not For ME
Would you try another book from Mary Catherine Bateson and/or Sevanne Kassarjian?
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
That the author was so diligent in attaining success (most interesting)
The number of words used to talk about it (least interesting)
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Was Composing a Further Life worth the listening time?
Not for me.
Any additional comments?
The style and content was just not my cup of tea. It was a beleagering slog through developmental psychology of a good person, who did great work and who deserves to be recognized for same. It was just too much. If I had not listened through ear buds while I weed-wacked the perrimiter of 4-acres of weeded property, I probably would not have endured the seemingly endlessness of this work. Some may love the book. Maybe in 5-years if I listen again, I may have (favorable) raves. This time; no go.
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