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rank 2069
word count 15074
date submitted 07.05.2011
date updated 21.05.2011
genres: Fiction, Comedy
classification: moderate
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The Lifestyle Village

Elisa Tammela

I work with old people, and these pages are their stories.

 

How easy is it to dismiss a person simply because they are of advanced age? And yet they are often vibrant, funny, clever, and with a lust for life that we could learn a great deal from. You probably think it's mean to laugh at old people. Well, it is. But most of us are going to be old one day. I hope that when I turn wrinkly, some young person gets a laugh out of something that I say.

 
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Yatayee wrote 1170 days ago

Elisa, these stories are hilarious! Reminds me of my grandmother, and the fact that she never meant to be funny, but was always a constant source of amusement for those around her. I re-read a handful of them more than twice, as I laughed so much!
A must read for all! Well done and best of luck.

stephen racket wrote 1170 days ago

The Lifestyle Village is a wonderful, unexpected delight. The stories are short, well-written, full of colourful characters and brimming with life! Not a subject I thought would be funny, you'd have thought Father Ted would have taught me never to a judge a book by it's cover. On my WL for further reading and generously starred. Good luck with this.

Emily Rebecca wrote 1175 days ago

Elisa,
These stories are great. They remind me of things my mom and sister-in-law talk about. (Both are nurses. :-) )

Best of luck!
Em

mixsy wrote 1175 days ago


Loved it! I love that it's true and so funny, but at the same time raises people's awareness of the elderly.

Mark Kirkbride wrote 1176 days ago

Really lovely bite-sized stories. You made me laugh out loud, and then I remembered it's all true. Some really moving moments too. I look forward to coming back to these again and again.

Mark, The Devil's Fan Club

tethera wrote 1155 days ago

Hmm I made a comment but it doesn't seem to have appeared - that's how hopeless I am at this sort of thing... Took me half a day to fathom out how to put a book on a bookshelf. Here we go again then. Love your book but have only read the first few chapters. I intend to read the rest. I too have been amazed and delighted by the resilience, wit and fund of some old folks so I think that you have tapped a rich vein here. Best of luck with it all.
All the Best
Robin Lamb - Sundowner
Hmm now to wrestle with this frightening technology again

tethera wrote 1155 days ago

I have only read the first few chapters but it is wonderful and I intend to read the rest over a period - if I can keep track of things on this pesky website - see I'm one of them! There are such a plethora of stories about old folks, their resilience and their funny stories both intentional and unintentional that I feel sure that you have tapped a rich vein.

Good luck

Robin Lamb - Sundowner

kategrimes@live.co.uk wrote 1159 days ago

This is a great book, Elisa. It's 'WAITING FOR GOD', (the hilarious sit-com with Stephanie Cole) on paper. I used to work with elderly people and it's true; They can be hilarious yet deadly serious, and the things they know is incredible. And to say they had none of the technical stuff we enjoy today, they did remarkably well. I love the verbal repartee between elderly people, too. Wars have been fought over less than the unintentional insult one may have received or given. This story is well-written in a diary sort of way that is amusing and interesting. You are a very good writer, and I have enjoyed reading The Lifestyle Village. Backed with stars and on w/l.

Kate Grimes -LIZZIE -CUPPA TALES - TALES OF WILLOW GREEN

Grace Mcilroy wrote 1160 days ago

'I knew that one day these were stories that deserved to be told...'

This story - I only got through the first page - seems really interesting and I know myself that old people are good writing material. But this terribly contructed non-sentence sticks out like a sore thumb :-( Otherwise I would definitely have kept reading.

MirandaW wrote 1161 days ago

I really like this. Reading it, I found myself relaxing (not easy!) in the scene, absorbed and forgetting everything else.

The narration style works in a way that I can't explain- it's quirky and different and I can't put my finger on how. It made me miss my Nana! Her generation in my family have too chosen when to go, for Nana it was when she lost her sight and could no longer go cycling.

Witty, moving stories, and yes we do underrate the elderly. I am proud to have briefly known the last of the Fleet Street revellers, journalist Pete Batt, who recently passed. Right up until the end. throat cancer and all, he was rasping 'Serves them fucking right poncy fucking pricks.' Even more obnoxious than he ever was, and no-one would dare say a thing! You'd have written an amazing story about him.

It made me laugh that the 'Lifestyle' village has a class system! You picture it perfectly, too.

I like this, I really do.

Miranda

Andi Brown wrote 1165 days ago

Hi Elisa,
Your stories are absolutely charming. I love the characters, who are believable and real (I know they're real people, that doesn't mean people always come across as such on the page. I've given you many stars, and a spot on my watchlist (Just reshuffled my shelf so need to keep things up for a while). I wish you continued good luck.

And I hope you'll read and rate ANIMAL CRACKER soon.

Best,
Andi

Tom Bye wrote 1166 days ago

hello Elisa ' the lifestyle village'

enjoyed reading the first five chapters and many more at random.
what can i say , only that the book is a delightful on of tale about the older folk, that could apply to most retirement and or nursing homes to- day . All the clients have original stories that amuse and interest all of us,
this collection are short to the point and just the job for easy reading on holidays,
i can verify what's written here as i help out myself in nursing homes, three times each week., well. play music to entertain.
wishing you good luck with it
tom bye ' from hugs to kisses'
obliged if you could back or comment on mine, thanks

Tom Bye wrote 1166 days ago

hello Elisa ' the lifestyle village'

enjoyed reading the first five chapters and many more at random.
what can i say , only that the book is a delightful on of tale about the older folk, that could apply to most retirement and or nursing homes to- day . All the clients have original stories that amuse and interest all of us,
this collection are short to the point and just the job for easy reading on holidays,
i can verify what's written here as i help out myself in nursing homes, three times each week., well. play music to entertain.
wishing you good luck with it
tom bye ' from hugs to kisses'
obliged if you could back or comment on mine, thanks

Su Dan wrote 1166 days ago

a brilliant premise to start with; l'm sure those old people have a tale or three to tell; and they do! great writing. well done: l shall back with 6 stars******
read SEASONS...

Dwayne Kavanagh wrote 1167 days ago

Hey Elisa, I found this while cruising the site and I'm glad I did. You're style of writing fits the genre perfectly. Old people are funny...especially told through a younger person persepective. Your inner dialogue was great and it gave me all the information I needed without getting in the way of the momentum. The pace is good for this kind of story.

I only found two things that I could crtique, which really nothing. The last sentence in the first chapter seemed out of place...and the way you wrote dee vee dee (DVD) made think about the way you wrote and pulled me out of the story for a second.

This is a good story and it's well written. Gave you full stars and you'll hit my shelf in June.

Cheers,
Dwayne

Andrew W. wrote 1168 days ago

The Lifestyle Village

Hi Elisa,

This is a great idea and well executed, you write simply and effectively and offer us sympathetic reportage in relation to the lives you relate to us. I enjoyed all that I read, the short chapters were very easily digestible and quite compelling and you have a lovely easy and light way with your words. My only suggestions would be to look at chapters 1 - 3, they effectively tell us the same thing and I don't think there are necessary for the stories that follow, if you have to have one of them, then fine, but not the others, as I was reading them I found myself saying to myself - come on, get on with it.

Great stuff, wish you well will put you on my rolling shelf soon
Andrew W
Benevolence

Juliusb wrote 1169 days ago

Chapter 6:

Yeah, I came back to catch up on Bingo as I share with the old and hear their clicking bones. Eeeh, you and Penelope also on John, "... Just how young did John think he was?"

"... yet I'm so young-looking that I still get asked for identification when buying beer" reminded me of Bible's Proverbs 20:29, "The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair"

Yatayee wrote 1170 days ago

Elisa, these stories are hilarious! Reminds me of my grandmother, and the fact that she never meant to be funny, but was always a constant source of amusement for those around her. I re-read a handful of them more than twice, as I laughed so much!
A must read for all! Well done and best of luck.

Yatayee wrote 1170 days ago

Elisa, these stories are hilarious! Reminds me of my grandmother, and the fact that she never meant to be funny, but was always a constant source of amusement for those around her. I re-read a handful of them more than twice, as I laughed so much!
A must read for all! Well done and best of luck.

stephen racket wrote 1170 days ago

The Lifestyle Village is a wonderful, unexpected delight. The stories are short, well-written, full of colourful characters and brimming with life! Not a subject I thought would be funny, you'd have thought Father Ted would have taught me never to a judge a book by it's cover. On my WL for further reading and generously starred. Good luck with this.

Snood wrote 1171 days ago

I really like the light conversational tone of these stories, and they are well written.

Pen Power wrote 1171 days ago

Wonderful, wonderful.

Juliusb wrote 1171 days ago

Dear Elisa,

I have read so a handful of your short stories in “The Lifestyle Village”. They have all remained me of what my secondary school geography teacher once said. He said that one doesn’t need to travel to Rwenzori Mountains or The Rift Valley or Kitagata Hot Springs or Banks of River Nile and the like - places with great physical features, so as to do a geography field work exercise. But, that even one’s school compound and its surroundings constitute a place for one to do a great geography field work exercise. Your old peoples’ stories are a case in point.

After your comment on my book “Destined To Triumph” to make use all my senses rather than dwelling only on the sense of seeing, I was particularly keen to see how you employed all your senses. I have rated your book with five stars because of walking the all-senses talk.

Remain blessed.

sweetdisposition5 wrote 1172 days ago

Hello Elisa, I think this is a wonderful book, I thoroughly enjoy reading. I work with children and I can imagine it must be similar, they just say whatever comes into their head. It was very pleasant reading...both sad and funny at the same time.I'm not very good giving detailed comments but I definitely would buy this book. My friend Mark (Devil's Fan Club) recommended it to me, because he thinks very highly of it as do I. I wish you all the very best with this book and hope its published very soon.

EriNobody wrote 1172 days ago

I constantly caught myself grinning ear-to-ear while reading this - would read it all over again and STILL laugh.

Puksu wrote 1172 days ago

This book made me smile until my face hurt. I am quite surprised that old people would make me laugh and I really laughed at the woofer and the firemen!
Your writing style is great and I wish you all the best in finding a publisher.

Nigel Fields wrote 1175 days ago

Less-than-perfect-light is an appealing perspective. I'm glad you chose to work with this topic. Your voice is likeable. I've only read the first few but like what I've encountered so far. My only nit is that in your beginning you use 'concerned' in close proxility, which tends to distract. I'll come back for more of this.
Best,
John B Campbell (Walk to Paradise Garden)

Emily Rebecca wrote 1175 days ago

Elisa,
These stories are great. They remind me of things my mom and sister-in-law talk about. (Both are nurses. :-) )

Best of luck!
Em

mixsy wrote 1175 days ago


Loved it! I love that it's true and so funny, but at the same time raises people's awareness of the elderly.

Mark Kirkbride wrote 1176 days ago

Really lovely bite-sized stories. You made me laugh out loud, and then I remembered it's all true. Some really moving moments too. I look forward to coming back to these again and again.

Mark, The Devil's Fan Club

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