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Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
I was not expecting much, but it got to me in a big way. I laughed, I cried, I told my wife she should read it.
Everyone said The Last Lecture was fantastic. There were news programs about Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture. There's a billboard sponsored by the Foundation for a Better Life near my local library that extols his positive virtues ("Wrote a book on living while he was dying").
But, I refused to read the book. Why? I guess I am just stubborn. A friend of mine had the book on her table and I asked her if it was any good. Yes - she plowed through it in no time and she's really not a reader. She lent it to me and I was off.
Even then, I let it sit for a couple of weeks. But, once I got into it I was absorbed into it. It is a well-written, laugh-out-loud funny, big-tears-rolling-down-your-face sad, happy, poignant and sweet book. I called my friend when I was done and told her she should have told me that I was going to cry at the end of this book. She said, "I told you!" "Yeah, but I didn't know you meant it!"
I cannot recommend this book enough.
You can see his actual last lecture here on youtube: the last lecture.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
Reviewed on August 15, 2010.