Books and Reading

Stories About Old Men

Something I have started to learn is that I like old people. I often feel like an old person, I like to eat dinner at 5:00 and go to bed early, and get up early. I like restaurants where the customer base feels established. I enjoy people with more experience than me. I find this to be the case because I feel less judged, more accepted and I love to listen to stories that are different from my own. I have come to realize I also like this in my literature. The following books have an old man as the protagonist, some of them explore coming to terms with the past, finding a space in the future, some are just intriguing stories.




A Man Called Ove– An old man copes with finding a space in the future as a person without a job and who has experienced loss.

At Home in Mitford– An old man, who is a priest, copes with aging, and also finding balance between helping others and helping himself. This is a series and so far I have read the first three that all have the same protagonist.

The Hundred Year-Old Man  Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared– An old man runs away from a nursing home, and finds unlikely companions as he recounts his incredible life.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry- An old man goes on a walk across England and finds a way to come to terms with the past and make peace for the future.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand– An old man copes with loss of his brother and a changing world. He tries to find his place in an unfamiliar world and struggles with doing the right thing and how that might be viewed by society.

Have you noticed this pattern? Do you have any other suggestions of things that I have missed in this category? The only other one I have heard of but haven’t read yet is The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Any other suggestions would be welcome.


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