Title The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause
Book Condition Acceptable.
0394582691 / 9780394582696
Seller ID 0422L590891
Hardcover. HARDCOVER with dustjacket BOOK CLUB EDITION 1991. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Light-to-average wear. 422pp, Index, Notes. Language: English. NOTE: Cannot ship outside U.S. via Global Priority -- Surface or Airmail only. 'Greer turns the clear light of her ferocious intelligence on what she calls the undescribed experience, the female climacteric--menopause. She has read everything: medical treatises, herbaries, historical letters, the few literary works that treat this universal aspect of female experience. At last, she says, women get to decide: Whether they wish to spend the second half of their lives in a ghastly re-creation of culturally approved youth, or whether menopause marks the end of apologizing and the beginning of a search for deep joy for and in oneself. She notes that the pitifully small amount of research done does not yet indicate the real causes for menopausal distress such as hot flashes, nor does it untangle the symptoms of plain aging from the cessation of monthly periods. She decries the lack of role models for the aging woman but does find us a few: the courtesan Ninon de Lenclos, whose intelligence charmed male and female alike into her advanced age; Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), who wielded her old woman's power into lapidary prose; Jane Digby El Mezrab, who at 47 enchanted a sheik, who rode by her side for 30 more years. Not the least of models is Greer herself, whose fine and hard-edged voice makes life after the cessation of childbearing sound, if difficult and harrowing, also joyful and rich in reward....'--GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Library Journal, 1992.