A few words from me to start our discussion on Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent and then it's over to everyone else. I found this book delightful, touching and perceptive, and its premise that life - or at least a new, and more authentic life - can begin at any age is an intriguing and heartening one. The submissive Lady Slane, ever the listener, described as no more than "an appendage", decides in old age to arrange her life to please herself. And then, happily ensconced in her small Hampstead house, and by means perhaps of Mr. Bucktrout's "geometrical designs of destiny", she becomes reacquainted with Mr. FitzGeorge whom she'd known briefly fifty years before.
It was the resolution of the love affair which had existed in a moment and in a thought which appealed to me so strongly:- "...the man-to-woman mainspring still coiled like a cobra between them", and "This conversation is only a sequel to the conversation we didn't have then." And then a superb and poignant description of Mr. FitzGeorge's passion: "... just too wise to let himself float away on a hopeless love .... just unwise enough to remain remotely faithful for fifty years".
There's much more to say, of course, but that will do from me for now. I loved it. How about you?
Later: For the avoidance of doubt, all comments concerning the book should go on this post; I'll then link the whole thing into the Book Group page proper.