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A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America #2020

A Place Called Canterbury Tales of the New Old Age in America Old age in America is not what it used to be In New York Times writer Dudley Clendinen s mother a Southern matron of iron will but creaking bones sold her house and moved to Canterbury Tower a g

  • Title: A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America
  • Author: Dudley Clendinen
  • ISBN: 9780670018840
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America By Dudley Clendinen, Old age in America is not what it used to be In 1994 New York Times writer Dudley Clendinen s mother a Southern matron of iron will but creaking bones sold her house and moved to Canterbury Tower, a geriatric apartment building with full services and a nursing wing in Tampa Bay There she landed in a microcosm of the New Old Age Canterbury was filled not just with old TaOld age in America is not what it used to be In 1994 New York Times writer Dudley Clendinen s mother a Southern matron of iron will but creaking bones sold her house and moved to Canterbury Tower, a geriatric apartment building with full services and a nursing wing in Tampa Bay There she landed in a microcosm of the New Old Age Canterbury was filled not just with old Tampa neighbors but also with strangers from across the country Wealthy, middle class, or barely afloat Christian, Jewish, or faithless proud, widowed, or still married grumpy or dear they had all come together, at the average age of eighty six, in search of a last place to live and die A Place Called Canterbury is a beautifully written, often hilarious, deeply moving look at how the oldest Americans are living with the reality of living longer Peopled by brave, daffy, memorable characters determined to grow old with dignity and to help one another avoid the dreaded nursing wing A Place Called Canterbury is a kind of soap opera Likewise, it is a poignant chronicle of the last years of the Greatest Generation and their children, the Boomers, as they are drawn into old age with their parents A Place Called Canterbury is an essential read for anyone with aging parents and anyone wondering what their own old age will look like.

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    1. The most enjoyable chapters for me were the straightforward stories about the residents experiences, which I suspect were written directly from the author s interviews I also thought Clendinen s coverage of the new old age was timely.However, other portions of the book weren t as enjoyable The author s use of descriptives was excessive and needless For example, on page 125 in his account of a particularly arduous flight from Florida to New Jersey he includes every state the plane flew over On [...]

    2. I purchased this book at a library book sale Reading the book jacket and the summary on I had thoughts of the films Cocoon, Tea with Mussolini, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel I was wrong.This is a long drawn out story of the residents of a nonprofit retirement transition to medical facility for the elderly The reminisce are too short to be vignettes and jump from remembrance to remembrance in each chapter There is a bio of probably every single person in the book including all the staff of the f [...]

    3. Beautifully written, very honest and revealing, and was a little window into the world of folks who have enough money not a ton, just enough to secure a place in this wondrous building I loved it for the portraits of residents and their relationship to their own life and love and sex and booze Encourages an open heart.

    4. Read the first few chapters word for word and proceeded to skim through the rest The book was like a pile of pixie sticks seemingly no flow and random ramblings Too bad as the subject is a gold mine of humorous and touching tales.

    5. I only got a few chapters into this book It was so bogged down with details about the setting that it just didn t hold my interest Maybe if I had pushed myself to read furtherbut I have so many other books in my queue that I m just going to let this one go.

    6. excellent book on aging from the prospective of the aging and the younger caregivers funny and poignant hit very close to home.

    7. My 87 year old mother, herself a resident with my father in an upscale residential community in Virginia much like the Canterbury of this story, raved about this book I wasn t disappointed, and it rang true with my experience with my parents and their dear friends I highly recommend it for anyone who s considering retirement community living or anyone who has loved ones living in such a facility.The author, a writer and journalist, brings his skills of observation and story telling to this delig [...]

    8. Let me say that I DID NOT FINISH this book I made it to page 180, about halfway, before I had to stop One night, while reading just before bedtime, I was getting sleepy but wanted to at least finish the section I looked ahead and found that there was still 6 7 pages to go and I just then decided that I wasn t interested enough to read any The book was going into such great detail about these elderly people who all seemed to have similar stories and just weren t all that interesting for me to co [...]

    9. Just OK Intersting in a few aspects One is that the book is set locally, so places mentioned are familiar, and their evolution over decades was touched on The other is that anyone that knew or had a relationship with their grandparents can relate to it in some way Many of our grandparents will spend some portion of their life in a place like Canterbury, and this book does provide some unique insight in to what it s like It also gave me a pause to think about what it will be like when my parents [...]

    10. I actually would have rated this 3.5, but couldn t make a half star This is the author s step into Assisted Living complex where his mother is residing It takes place in Florida by the beach As the author s mother a strong willed southern lady adapts to life with geriatrics after the death of her husband Her son, Dudley, visits her, coming up with the idea of writing a story about the people at Canterbury, often referred to as the Greatest Generation He dealves into their lives and discovers the [...]

    11. Perhaps I found this so enjoyable because a I live near Tampa and know the setting and b it describes a community much like the one my grandmother enjoyed But really I think it s an excellent examination of life in a continuing care facility from independent living apartments to nursing care wards that demonstrates what people want from an elder care community.Whether one has the experience of grandparents or parents who have lived in such a setting in Florida or elsewhere, this book provokes th [...]

    12. Our family has been consumed with eldercare and end of life issues for the last 12 months, so a favorable review of this book caught my attention The author is an excellent writer with utmost empathy as he tenderly describes the residents staff of the Canterbury, a retirement home in Tampa, his hometown His widowed mother moves into the Canterbury, which is already home to many of her friends from her early married days Clendenin brings in details of the residents life stories and contrasts it w [...]

    13. I thought this was an excellent book dealing with what many children will be facing as their parents age A hard decision but thankfully she had the funds to enable her to live in good surroundings Much harder would be to have had to put her in a nursing home where life is not so delightful.His descriptions of Canterbury and the people living and also working there were complete you could get to know them.You might think it s a depressing book but it isn t as it deals with people doing the best t [...]

    14. Non fiction A journalist very much my age takes on the task of writing with love and curiosity and without judgment about the vivid lives and community that his aging mother joins when she needs full time care I couldn t relate to the need to care for elderly parents who adult children must figure out what to do with how to redefine their relationship, but I bet many would who are facing this situation I was intrigued by how he let himself explore what it means to have a whole nother life await [...]

    15. This is an amazing book for anyone who has a parent Full disclosure my mother lives in the life care building in Tampa that Dudley writes so movingly about and she is featured in the book along with many of her friends and neighbors The book is sensitive, lively, amusing, and very, very helpful to anyone dealing with an aging parent or grandparent And it provides a window into the kind of retirement community that may be in all our futuresI can t recommend it enough

    16. Well at first I thought this book was depressing The things that happened to the elderly and what their lives had become, but as the story went on the characters came to life and I felt many emotions while reading this book The end was bittersweet I also thought this book was hard to get into at first, because the author jumps around a lot with his thougts, the second part was worth it if you can make it through the begining.

    17. I was reading this book for my bookclub Probably wouldn t have read it otherwise Found it very depressing Maybe because I am entering that phase of my life and could relate to many of the things in taking care of my mother This particular place was nice for the people involved since they knew many of the other residents and seemed to just move their social network on to a different place.The book probably tells us than we want to know but it was well writen.

    18. There were several things going on in this book the author s experiences with his mother as she moved into an upscale retirement community and is eventually moved into nursing care the author s encounters with other residents, many of whom were his mother s friends and neighbors before she moved to Canterbury and stories about the other residents earlier lives, gathered from interviews It was ok.

    19. Top notch story by a wonderful writer Clendinen relates the story of his mother s move to a retirement condominium in Tampa, Fl Clendinen s regard for his mother, and her lifelong Tampa friends shines through The story is even compelling and poignant knowing that Clendinen himself has ALS, and has decided on his own fate, while he is still able nytimes 2011 07 10 opi.

    20. I was completely absorbed by this book, which surprised me because an in depth look at a posh old age home in Florida Why would I care And, because nobody in my family makes it past 70, it s not something I ll ever need to worry about But it was well written and and touching, and I was sorry when it ended.

    21. The story begins when the author s mother decides to sell her home after the death of her husband and move into Canterbury, a place in Tampa where people live out the rest of their lives It s an interesting story of how people live once they ve made that decision Made me think about how I want to live out the rest of my life, should I live that long.

    22. What a fabulously written account of what happens when normal, fairly wealthy people reach old age I must also say that at age 52, it has me thinking about a living will, although it didn t really work out for Mrs Clendinen as the family had hoped On the other hand, her son s portrayal of her friends and of his tender feelings for her in her decline is a joy to read.

    23. The books practically mirrors our family s present reality of dealing with an aging relative who isn t close by I knew we weren t the only ones dealing with these issues The book deals with a serious subject which many of us will have to face somewhere along the way with great warmth and humor.

    24. I d like to believe I will finish this book one day but I have read enough of it and hear enough about the rest to have a decent gist of it Sometimes it felt like the author was skipping around between different events in the past and for me that made it harder to follow It gives a nice view of life at Canterbury Tower though not as dry as I thought it would be.

    25. This book was surprising I picked it up thinking it was another boook about active adult communities, but found instead a lovely picture of brave people facing old age and death with strength and hope.

    26. Very interesting a book about the life I live everyday , seniors aging inplace in an Independent Retirement Community with Assisted Living and Nursing Home, written by an adult child who moves in to live the life of his mom Too close to home but well written.

    27. Great biography for those whose parents are approaching the age of dementia It brought back many memories of when my grandmother lived with me and my experiences of working in a nursing home Canterbury is a nursing assisted residence for rich people in Tampa, by the way.

    28. Inchoate, but enlightening I finished this book and found myself with a renewed sense of carpe diem.

    29. Attended his reading at Books and Books in Miami He said the most delicious deep dark choclatey Southern voice, like Roy Blount Jr reading David Sedaris with the punch of Carson McCullers.

    30. A great, poignant, captivating read that will make you laugh and cry Check out an interview with the author on the City of Tampa s website Mayor s BookTalk.

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