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The Last Lecture

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34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

The Last Lecture

"The Last Lecture" is a book filled with living-life-to-the-fullest advice from a college professor. While to some this might sound as interesting as reading a doctoral dissertation, you'd be surprised.

The author, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science...
"The Last Lecture" is a book filled with living-life-to-the-fullest advice from a college professor. While to some this might sound as interesting as reading a doctoral dissertation, you'd be surprised.

The author, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, writes so well that you'd probably let him teach you about computers too. Some things he talks about include: remember to laugh, seizing every moment, overcoming obstacles, appreciate the gifts you recieve, and enabling the dreams of others.

Although the author died this year, his wisdom will no doubt be around awhile in this very enlightening book. Other books in this genre I liked include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".

posted by 756396 on January 2, 2009

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42 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

Don't believe the hype!

The Last Lecture certainly garnered quite a bit of popularity over the last year. Personally, I heard about the book from friends, bosses, coworkers, and classmates; every literate person I knew seemed to be raving out the book. Not wanting to be left behind in the lite...
The Last Lecture certainly garnered quite a bit of popularity over the last year. Personally, I heard about the book from friends, bosses, coworkers, and classmates; every literate person I knew seemed to be raving out the book. Not wanting to be left behind in the literary scene, I recently chose to read the book for myself.

I can't say that I disliked the book. Jeffrey Zaslow did a fine job converting Pausch's actual lecture into an easy-to-read series of stories. The stories themselves, however, were not the life-changing event that I anticipated. While it was striking at points to hear someone discuss death without even an ounce of fear or remorse, Pausch was not an entirely likable narrator. Too often his tales come across as arrogant and self-aggrandizing.

At the book's end, upon reflecting on the book's various messages and themes, I found myself realizing that The Last Lecture had not taught me anything new. The book's messages, while important, are ones that have been told so many times in so many various capacities that they now feel more like cliches than new, profound musings.

As I said, I did not dislike The Last Lecture. It was just another book that, for me, did not live up to its hype.

posted by KariRakas on November 6, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Don't Bother

    It was pretty weak. It was a listing of his educational and work related accomplishments. I thought it was going to be inspiring and thought provoking. I don't recommed spending the time to read it - although it would only take about 2 hours to read.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    No

    All this book is, is this man bragging.
    Because I did this, he became succseful it's because of me his life is amazing.
    It was just a bad book.

    But because I'm not heartless i'll give randy a good try.

    R.I.P man.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    This is not a good book. However, if you are the type of person

    This is not a good book. However, if you are the type of person that posts inspirational quotes on your Facebook wall, then this is a 5 star book for you.
    I didn't enjoy the way the book was written or structured, so as a piece of writing I cant give it more that 1 star. I do feel that my main problem was with Randy.
    Randy was a man who put work above anything else. He's the type of man that, when healthy drives a car with dents (as he's not a car person)  but waits until he's dying to buy a convertible.
    Randy likes Disney Land too much and uses the word 'Imagineer' far too often.
    I think I expected too much. The truth is, I have nothing more to add to the world than Randy, If I had 6 months left to live, and I chose to use that time to write my novel, Im not sure if it would turn out much differently. The only way I can enjoy this book, is if I stop seeing the inspiration of it, and start trying to see a man trying to deal with his death and try and justify the choices he has made. He puts a positive spin on everything. I don't remember reading one regret. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    excellent book

    Tells the importance of life and how to face it with strength and understanding for those we will leave behind when we know our time is coming

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    A MUST read for everyone

    This is more an opinion than a review. I have passed this book on to my daughters, and asked them to pass it on to their children, who are 16 and older. This is a wonderful book & very inspiring. I would highly recommend it to all of you.

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