Blind Rider Juan Goytisolo

Serpent’s Tail, pp.112, 8.99

By a fortunate coincidence these books treat the same subject: old age at the mercy of time, the ‘blind rider’ of Goytisolo’s title. Ageing is a matter of temporary victories and final defeats. At 75, you can succeed in getting on your horse by using a mounting block and shortening your nearside stirrup leather; at 81, you can’t hold your horse out hunting. You give up. What is the point of it all? Goytisolo and Garc

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated