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Half a Life Kindle Edition
--Dani Shapiro, "New York Times Book Review"
"A remarkable, beyond-brave memoir that offers an intensely personal look at the most agonizing events in the author's post-accident life... With astounding frequency, Strauss pinpoints truths that most of us would find indescribable."
--Stephan Lee, "O, The Oprah Magazine"
"I recently went on a trip with a couple of friends, one of whom brought along "Half a Life." The book's slender enough that the three of us devoured it in three days--and beautifully written enough that we spent the rest of the trip discussing it.... A critically acclaimed novelist ("Chang and Eng"), Strauss waited over 20 years to tell this story. And his distance from it is one of the things I liked best. Too many memoirs suffer from lack of perspective. But Strauss explores memory, guilt, and coming-of-age from a mature vantage point that leads to enormous insight.... You may have heard Strauss tell this tale on NPR's "This American Life." Here's the written version, by a terrific storyteller who doesn't waste a word. Grade: A"
--Pam Abrams, "Entertainment Weekly"
"With honesty and sensitivity, Strauss looks not only at how that fateful incident decades ago ended Celine's young life, but also at how it greatly affected his. Out of undoubtedly complicated circumstances, he crafts a simple yet remarkable story about pain and guilt, maturity and responsibility, hope and understanding."
--Christina Eng, "San Francisco Chronicle"
""Half a Life" is an unusually honest, thoughtful and unsettling memoir, which readers and critics are destined to call 'brave'--for it is brave. But the book --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B006O8U2R8
- Publisher : Penguin eBooks (13 September 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2262 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
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24TH JUNE 2019
REVIEW: HALF A LIFE BY DARIN STRAUSS
Title: Half a Life
Author: Darin Strauss
Pages: 208 Pages
Publisher: Random House
In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life.
In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death.
With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey–graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.
Hmmm. Well. How do I write this review?
I found this to be a very self indulgent book. Granted, it is a memoir and that can often be the case. However, I think the reason I had such a problem with it was because I felt like the author was cashing in on an event that, yes, was life altering for him but was probably more life altering for other people.
I felt that the author presented himself as almost wrong footed by life and that people just didn’t understand him. I don’t know, it just came across as self serving and whiny.
I was not a fan of this book.
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Half a Life is a thriller, too. What will happen to Darin when the dead girl’s parents, who have told him the words he thinks he most needs to hear — It wasn’t your fault — turn around and sue him for millions before his life has even begun? And it’s a love story, as well, of meeting the woman he’d marry, who’d make him see that this story, and what it had done to him, was no longer only his, that there was now someone else in it with him, and with that came a new level of responsibility. To make something of it. Which he did. Which he’s done. It’s a fine book.
He starts out the book by saying that he killed someone and takes us through the accident. One of the things I will never forget about this book is how the girl's mother tells him that he is now living life for two. And he sort of did - he carried the memory of her and the accident through his life for many years and found himself thinking of her every day for many years.
This book is a very good, interesting read. It's also a fairly quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is one that I will keep on my bookshelf for years to come.