Thursday, March 5, 2015

A few of my favorite Geezer books

I’ve been thinking about books about oldsters as I read The Book of Ebenezer LePage.  I recalled some other books that featured elderly characters, including the works of Jane Gardam. When I reviewed Old Filth, I thought her skill was in making “old age as perilous an adventure to navigate as adolescence."  Coming-of-age novels are an old and recognized standard genre. I think Parting-of the-aged novels should become a sub-genre all their own. Here are my first six candidates for such a genre.

  • 1.     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
    2.     Old Filth --  Jane Gardam
    3.     The Man in the Wooden Hat  --Jane Gardam  features an older woman)
    4.     Last Friends -- Jane Gardam
    5.     The Book of Ebenezer LePage  -- G. B. Edwards
    6.     A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens


  1. Oh, that's a wonderful thought. I wish we could make it a new genre. It's only fair.

  2. I'm learning from these great old people. There are all these threads from your life to either tie up or just leave hanging.