Savoring Aging

Original title: Le Goût de vieillir

Author: de Sury, Ghislaine

Publication Date:

October 2016



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Savoring Aging

Original title: Le Goût de vieillir

Author: de Sury, Ghislaine

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French.
  • Over 7,000 copies sold


She gives us a story that is at once hilarious, tender and sensitive to the difficulties and joys that come with age – Amina

Ghislaine de Sury teaches us that we have to “come up with a new path to better savor aging” – Le Progrès

“We can discover that old age is an opportunity” – Ghislaine de Sury on France 2 

Ghislaine de Sury gives us a book made up of short narratives interspersed with philosophical comments, just how she likes it – Voix du Jura 

It is not that common for books to talk about old age in a positive way, while offering high quality writing and evoking topics that give you something to think about, whatever your age. – Senior Magazine

A benevolence and a luminous finesse emerge from this narrative. – Pèlerin

Touching and humorous, a testimony […] to ‘tasting life’ better. – Femme Majuscule

Savoring life at 80 years old. A young elderly woman looks into the peculiar concept of aging. A tender account, both emotional and serious, of the challenges but also the unexpected joys that come with age and the passing of time. 

A budding young 80-year-old writer decides to tackle the often-held negative belief that aging is a disaster.

Through short accounts, between smiles and self-mockery, Ghislaine de Sury tells us about the surprises and endeavors of the aging woman she has reluctantly become. At first gently making fun of herself, she goes on to come up with a way to best ‘savor life.’

Ghislaine de Sury moves from the bitter-sweet shock at a life that contracts (the ‘tortoise head’ aging gives you, people helping you cross the street without you asking…) to the idea that ‘despite passing clouds,’ it opens up a new freedom. The freedom of talking to strangers on the bus and in cafés; of enjoying the moments that we would never have noticed before – no time, too busy.

Ghislaine de Sury evokes the inevitable to better get to grips with it. ‘ To philosophize is to learn to die’, said Montaigne, helping us to free ourselves from fear in order to be joyful and free once again.

Aging is very pleasant. The decline of physical strength is a delight. It is a learning curve in moderation: the water that we have to put in our wine rids us of violent habits. The time comes when we take pleasure in a milligram, when before we needed tonnes – Jean Giono.

Strong Points

  • A moving account for people who have reached the age to think about ‘savoring ageing’, but also for their children and grandchildren. It offers illuminating reflections on loneliness and the challenges elderly people face, but also on everything they have to offer the world and themselves.
  • A text oscillating between emotion and seriousness, smiles and generosity.