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For the record, this is Douglas's fourth memoir. His first, The Ragman's Son (1988), tells of his hardscrabble early years as Issur Danielovitch and his rise to fame. But a brush with death in a helicopter crash and a stroke led him to reevaluate his life and renew his Jewish faith, which he describes in Climbing the Mountain (2000). In his third book, My Stroke of Luck (2003), he shares his near recovery from the stroke. All of the books are liberally sprinkled with anecdotes, including this latest narrative. Now 90, Douglas weighs in on everything from Terri Schiavo to racism. He contemplates the meaning of life, gives tips on a happy marriage (he and his wife have been married for over 50 years), shares his sorrow over the death of his son Eric, and relates what it's like to outlive all of your friends. There is less pomposity here and perhaps even more truth as the actor rethinks things he wrote earlier. At his age, what do you have to lose? Fans of Douglas and those who enjoyed the previous memoirs will want to read this one.
—Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA (Library Journal, April 1, 2007)
easily his most compelling [book]…written in deftly lucid prose as a series of insights into the mind of a man reflecting on the past and facing the inevitable." (The Times (Knowledge Supplement), 14th April 2007)
“…a brilliant read and something you can’t put down…you want to close your eyes and be taken into the world of Douglas. And what a world and life he has lived… (SomethingJewish.co.uk, 12th April 2007)
"...this self-deprecating, wise and witty book is not a vanity project - it's a genuinely moving account of a great figure's later years." (Empire, August 2007)
Posted May 31, 2007
Kirk's writing is superb -- funny and intelligent. With the instincts of an accomplished storyteller, 'tough guy' Kirk wonders outloud about all the things that each one of us is concerned with regardless of age, from the aches and pains of daily life to questions of humanity's present and future state and questions like who is God? What is death? Who are we? Kirk is quite evidently on a spiritual journey that's taken him to question every notion about himself and life around him and across the world. His opinions are brave, whether Kirk takes on Hollywood legends or American Presidents. This is not a 90-year old ready to depart the world. Kirk still has more spank in him than all of us combined. For us, forty-somethings, his hindsight and opinions are worth a lot -- no excuse not to live our life well! Empathetic and beautiful writing, could easily garner a Pulitzer Prize. I thoroughly enjoyed his book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2007
Perfect for the world we're living in. Read and understand thru the eyes of a man that has seen it all and lived it. We take many things for granted, Mr Douglas brings us to a reality check. Thanks for the truth, Mr. Douglas, humility sometimes is not an easy trait to come by.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2007
Kirk excells in honesty and in his welcome expressions of love -- for family, friends and life. We all can learn from him here. He does less well in his handwringing over the present state of the world, as if he discovered only very late what we almost all do know -- that the world has problems, as it's always had and unfortunately always will. Go ahead and pass the torch, Kirk - the world'll be O.K. We love you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2007
This book says it all. Kirk Douglas has a natural genius for expressing himself with pen and paper. I loved 'Ragman's Son' and 'A Stroke Of Luck,' and this book ranks right up there. Now all I can think about is re-reading the previous books and catching as many Kirk Douglas movies as possible. Read this book -- you'll love it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2012
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