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Before I Forget

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    excellent read

    the book is current since most of us know of someone who has been affected by this disease. At the same time it allows the reader to understand what it must be like to receive a diagnosis of this magnitude. I identified with the main character as he struggled to find some meaning in his life. This book is an excellent one to give to someone whom you care about. Leonard Pitts is an excellent writer conveying his meaning in simple to understand language. I recommend this book to anyone who, like Moses, wants to make sure their life is not wasted and wants to make the most out of life.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Highly Recommnend

    Maps three generations of family via the middle-level Father realizing that He had a terminal illness, and therefore wanted to atone for his unavailabilities. A great example of Male relationships, and the relative need and responsibility across generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Compelling, thought provoking, heart wrenching story

    When is the movie coming out. The writing in this story takes you through each moment and emotion of its charactors. I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry, I felt a mothers fear, a sons sadness and a fathers love........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    One of This story will Hated for the story to end

    A tale of any family for all generations more please

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    "Before I Forget" by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

    "Before I Forget" ,by 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts, Jr., is a very moving story about a 49 year-old black soul singer who discovers he has early onset Alzheimer's. It is written with a keen ear for dialogue and a deep understanding of both the music world and family relationships. This should come as no surprise since Mr. Pitts, after all, was a music reviewer for years - and his earlier book "Becoming Dad" eloquently describes the pitfalls, challenges, rewards and humour of the experience of being a father.
    I was especially moved by "Before I Forget". I am a singer/songwriter (some have called me a "soul" singer) around the same age as Moses (Mr. Pitts' hero) and I lost my mother to Alzheimer's in 2005. The insidious erasing of what one normally thinks of as identity is depicted in this novel with scary realism.
    It is also a road book, in the best sense of the tradition, not so unlike other famous road books such as Kerouac's "On The Road" and William Least Heat Moon's "Blue Highways". The re-discovery of self that Moses experiences, even while he is quickly losing his old familiar identity, is an interesting and heartfelt testament to the power of the human heart.
    Mo's journey is ultimately a victory, even with all its tragic overtones, and he finishes his journey every bit as ultimately triumphant as Ulysses in Homer's The Odyssey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    excellent read!!

    insightful, touching

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