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Posted April 28, 2003
I dreaded my assignment to read Lost in Place for my college English class because I thought reading about a young boy who loves kung fu wouldn¿t be interesting, but I surprisingly could not put the book down. Mark Salzman humorously describes his coming of age. Even though my experiences are completely different than his, I still identify with his struggle to 'find himself' and 'understand life'. The book doesn't attempt to offer any concrete answers about the meaning of life, but it encouraged me to think about life and what direction I am headed in. Salzman's description of his youth is captivating and although mostly serious and sometimes depressing, it made me laugh out loud at times. Lost in Place is a book I believe many people can relate to in one way or another, even despite differing life experiences.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2003
This book was a joy from start to finish. It took you on an emotional roller-coaster ride with the the many misadventures that encompassed the authors life as he grew up in the 70's in a small suburb in Connecticut. In his quest to discover who he really is in life, and what life is really all about. He begins by wishing to become a wandering zen monk and ends up as a young man who realizes that life is never perfect no matter how you wish to envision your future. Simply put this book touches a chord in every person that takes the oppurtunity to read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2003
This story about Mark Salzman is unique. He writes about his many troubles on his quest for enlightenment. Although most readers have probably never particpated in the sport of Kung Fu, been accepted to an ivy league school, or longed to be a master cellist there are many ways to connect this story to one's life. Salzman's relationsjip with his dad, the way he does things to appease others identity of him, and just the general coming of age story are just three of the ways a wide range of readers can relate. This book is maybe a bit more pessimistic than i prefer, but it is non fiction. On that i believe it has right to be a little down. A good book for anyone who likes to read between the lines.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2003
Salzman paints an illustrative and enticing portrait of the challenges and triumphs of his unusual journey to adulthood. Maturity and knowledge are gained with experience, as Salzman demonstrates with pzazz. He thrusts the reader into his shoes as each intimate and important revealing moment is brought to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever doubted themselves and the direction their life is headed. I couldn't put this book down once I started, it is ever bit as intriguing as it is relevant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2001
A truly inspiring and unusualy ironic self-deconstruction. Salzman really taps into some basic human needs and revelations people young and old come to during their lives. We have and are all experienceing everyday the quests of the adolescence he describe. But his witty and often bitting analysis combined with childish idealism and hope presents a great opportunity for the reader to join in on the descoveries. Salzman does not pretend to be creating a masterpiece or even making a novel approach to a search for Zen-like appreciation for life in the cynicism of our world. But he ends up with a very warm memoire that makes the pages fly by in mear hours. Absolutely wonderful for light, late night contemplation!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.