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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Our Autumn Years; not golden but interesting" by Arthur Hartz.]
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Our Autumn Years; not golden but interesting is a book that consists of single-pane comics and short-phrase banners. In a very creative way, it brings attention to some of the thought-provoking events that occur through getting older. For some reason, this is a topic that is avoided by many people, but Arthur Hartz, the author, has hit the nail on the head with his ironic and sometimes dark comics. In seven chapters covering the majority of what it means to get old, Hartz embraces the intricacies of the aged in a truly unique and appealing way.

As I mentioned above, speaking about getting old, especially with someone who is elderly, is not something that people tend to do. People would rather just avoid these delicate topics completely than try to awkwardly ramble about things they may know nothing about. This is a tough subject, and the only way to truthfully capture its difficulties without offence is through humour. Hartz accomplishes this with grace and hilarity.

An added bonus was the effect the comics had on me. Not only are they an accurate representation of what it’s like to get older, but they also reflect the distressing state of society. The treatment that the elderly receive, whether we realise it or not, is patronising at best, and offensive at worst. It is a reminder that older people are not a separate species who need to be treated differently, but instead that they have had lives full of experiences which could be learnt from.

I know – all this from a few comics, right?

But, this does go to show the strength a few truths can hold. Along with the comics, there are a few banners scattered throughout the pages. These consist of epigrams that reflect the tone of the book. One of my favourites is, “My days of having a train of thought are past. Now I have butterflies of thought.” These little witticisms are a great way to break up the comics and added wonderful value to the illustrations.

The only problem that I had with this book is that there were, unfortunately, a few comics that were beyond my understanding. I’m not sure if they just went over my head, or if I was missing something vital, but I just didn’t get them. I think the author may have been trying to say too much with too few words which ultimately led to some of the comics being confusing. However, this definitely did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

I happily give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to people of all ages, even though it is a book about getting older. It is a great guide to remind us to treat all people with respect, including and especially those that may have a few years on us. There is a definite sadness to the book, and I’ll end with one of Hartz’s poignantly profound notes: “Someday, someone will understand what interesting people we were.”

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This sounds like an amazing book. It takes skill to handle sensitive topics in an open way with humor thrown into the mix. Thanks for an excellent review! You've interested me.
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Excellent review! It sounds like a really great book that deals with a sensitive, yet extremely important topic. I would definitely give it a read.

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Laura Lee wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 15:03
This sounds like an amazing book. It takes skill to handle sensitive topics in an open way with humor thrown into the mix. Thanks for an excellent review! You've interested me.
Well, I'm happy to hear that :)
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Oh wow, this sounds like quite the sentimental read, Bianka! I like to think of autumn as a poignant and surrealistic kind of season, and the mood seems perfect for the subject matter. Thanks for an amazing review as always! (:

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Sounds like a great read. I appreciate that the lesson is about respecting others, especially the elderly. As people age, they can get to a state where they highly depend on others and is hard for them to express what they need.

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This sounds like a very unique book, both in topic and in format. You made it sound very intriguing! Thanks for a great review.

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What an interesting way to tackle a sensitive subject. The quotes sound beautiful too.

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Hi Bianka! This sounds quite intriguing for a book in the comic genre--thanks for the recommendation.

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JoyALB wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 15:17
Excellent review! It sounds like a really great book that deals with a sensitive, yet extremely important topic. I would definitely give it a read.
Thank you! I appreciate your comments :)
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gen_g wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 18:43
Oh wow, this sounds like quite the sentimental read, Bianka! I like to think of autumn as a poignant and surrealistic kind of season, and the mood seems perfect for the subject matter. Thanks for an amazing review as always! (:
Ah, thanks Gen! Always such kind words - I appreciate it!
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Helene_2008 wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 19:54
Sounds like a great read. I appreciate that the lesson is about respecting others, especially the elderly. As people age, they can get to a state where they highly depend on others and is hard for them to express what they need.
It is a great read! I really enjoyed it :)
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unamilagra wrote:
12 Feb 2020, 22:42
This sounds like a very unique book, both in topic and in format. You made it sound very intriguing! Thanks for a great review.
Oh, I love to see your name in gold! I hope your month is treating you well :)
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Amy747 wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 03:07
What an interesting way to tackle a sensitive subject. The quotes sound beautiful too.
The quotes are a crazy mixture between sad, hilarious, and gorgeous. Such a ride :)
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Cecilia_L wrote:
13 Feb 2020, 14:25
Hi Bianka! This sounds quite intriguing for a book in the comic genre--thanks for the recommendation.
Totally out of the norm for a comic book.
I love it!
Thank you Cecilia :)
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