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The Pursuit of Happyness

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  14,381 ratings  ·  564 reviews

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street

At the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Amistad (first published 2006)
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I liked the story, but the writing left something to be desired, I think... and (don't hate me) there were aspects of Gardner's personality that came out in his book that made him a little bit less of a likeable character for me. Not that I didn't respect what he did or how he helped himself and his son... he just came across such that his personality rubbed me the wrong way a few times... Anyone else who can back me up on that?

I still haven't seen the movie. Maybe I should.
I rushed to read this before seeing the movie. Surprisingly, I preferred the movie. While I was deeply moved by Gardner's life and accomplishments, a great writer he is not. I had recently read the Glass Castle (MASTERFULLY TOLD) and this did not measure up. Unfortunately, the childhood accounts are all told not from a child's perspective, but with the adult Chris's notions inserted regularly. We all know a five year old wouldn't be making the observations and conclusions that the narrative voic ...more
I enjoyed this movie and so I checked out the book. The first half tells of his life growing up. It was not a happy life. Some of the scenes are quite graphic and there is lots of foul language. I hoped part two would be less so, but it was even worse. Really, it should be the pursuit of a carnal, sensual and develish happiness...not what I truly define as happiness. (Lots of women, drugs, and behavior that I believe should not be emulated.) If I could recommend any of it, it would only be the l ...more
Loy Machedo
Chris Gardners ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is surprisingly not your usual feel-good, decent, role-model kind of a book. It is a book that is brutally honest, bad and bloodied in its language and breathtakingly realistic in its approach.

For those of you who have seen the movie with the same name starring Wills Smith, well let me be clear - what you saw was in the cinema or DVD is hardly a fraction of what you will read in this book. What I realized after reading the book was, the storyline in the
This book was not what I expected.

The two expectations I had when starting this book were:

1. That it would mostly be the same story as told in the movie with a few changes that were made for cinematic effect - (like no Rubik's cube, no night spent in the subway bathroom, and no showing up for the interview shirtless and covered in paint, etc...

2. That I would not like Chris Gardner. I had been told by someone else that the book showed that he was not a good man, that the reason he went to jail w
Sarezh Zyad
* Don't ever let somebody tell you YOU can't do something - You Got a Dream Protect it - If you Got something Go And Get it *

. I saw The Movie and Makes me hopeful . so surprised . and so Enthusiast
it is all About how much you desire something - and How much you can resist the Hard Time - How much You Won't Give Up !
Then I read it And have same and More Eager Impression To ward every single Goal .
Nice mind - nice courage

-- set A goal
-- Make sure You want IT
-- you will Get what ever the Obst
إسـلام بــن طَـه

About movie :

Watching The Pursuit Of Happyness , it's like u in tears an then u smile :) big smile
watching this boy is only enjoyable :)
(view spoiler)

about happyness :

Maybe happyness is something that we can only pursue. And maybe we can actually never have it, no matter what.

Jun 27, 2007 Afton rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This was one of the best books I've read in awhile! I was sad when I finished reading it. It leaves you with that feel good feeling and the notion that you can achieve anything you put your mind to with a little hard work and determination!

** I saw the movie after I read the book. I love Will Smith's performance; however, I felt like the movie only highlighted 1/10 of the novel! It holds true: The book is always better than the movie.
4.5 stars,but I will up it to 5 only because I would actually read this again.

I really enjoyed this book. I did the audio and highly recommend that version. It felt personal and intimate like having lunch with an old friend from way back. It was definitely raw, but it was tempered with honesty and he offered no excuses. I can completely respect that.

I hate foul language, especially when used in books. I think it is usually a weak crutch and is used to shock the reader. I always think, ‘you’re a
I was very very disappointed by this book. I loved the movie, and I have seen Chris Gardner on a number of TV appearances, and have been very impressed with his story.
Unfortunately this book was trash both in language and subject matter.
The language was incredibly course and made it very difficult to wade through. In the beginning, it was tolerable because he was telling the story of his childhood, and those were real words that someone spoke to him. So although it was difficult to stomach, I c
Jun 12, 2008 nanto marked it as wishlist-‎a-k-a-buku-buruan
Baru nonton filmnya, belum pernah baca bukunya.
suka banget sama dialog ini:

Christopher Gardner: Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?
Christopher: All right.
Christopher Gardner: You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it.
(sumber: )

Tabik bapak, nasehat untuk anaknya keyen!

Btw, kenapa lagu "Can't Take that Away" Mariah Carey gak jadi
Cannot express how deeply disappointed I was in this book! I'd seen the movie soon after it came out, and found it inspirational and even heart-warming. I knew immediately after starting this book that the author's writing style would be difficult to follow. He has a poetic way of writing but tended to jump around a lot in timeline and in perspective. I found I had to skim a lot because of writing style but mostly awful language and graphic details of his childhood and adulthood. All in all, I p ...more
After enjoying the incredible movie based on this book, I was expecting great things. Alas, I was disappointed. Not by the story itself, but by the ridiculous usage of the f-word. It was over the top and took away from the story. The story itself was inspiring. It was interesting to read the book after seeing the movie and take note of the many differences. Chris’ son was only about nineteen (or so) months old when they became homeless. My baby was twenty-one months old while I was reading this ...more
Georgie Bartlett
I did not get to finish the pursuit of happyness because the book was quite long and very heavy for someone my age. I think that the style of writing quite mature and very heavy. There were about 15-30 pages per chapter and that made it harder to read because there was so much detail in the one chapter and it made it quite boring. There were many paragraphs per page and the writing was quite small. It seemed like a interesting story but it was hard to read it and enjoy because it was way to matu ...more
I saw the movie which glorified the author. The book goes into a lot more details of the author's childhood, marriage and life and I was a lot less enamoured. A lot of the author's poor choices are led by his libido. I felt a lot less empathy for him. Yes, it is horrible to be homeless, but he made some devastating choices himself which hurt people.

Nov 05, 2008 Stacey added it
I liked this movie and was at the library one day looking for something to read so I checked the book out. It was terrible! I had to finally put it down because the language and content was horrible. The movie was pretty clean, so I was appalled. I do NOT recommend anyone to read this book.
Watch the movie, it is a lot more inspirational than the book. The language is crass and offensive in the book and the author is conceited.
Kristopheroy Fojas
This book I read was "The Pursuit of Happyness" by Chris Gardner. This book is about Chris Gardner which goes through all his struggles and obastables to be successful in life. He was born to a mother who spent time in jail and experienced abuse. He did not know who his father was. Chris's experiecne of not having a father motivated him to be a great father to his son at all times. He joined the Navy as an adult, went into medical training, and got married and has a kid. His wife left him with f ...more
Generally, most movies inspired by books are disappointing compared to the book from which they are derived. However, the "The Pursuit of Happyness," qualifies as an exception to this unwritten rule. I decided to read the book because I found the movie inspirational. The book, however, was thoroughly disappointing. The movie is taken from about one quarter of the content of the book. After reading the book, I know why that is the case. The rest of the book is depressing and trashy. Even the pote ...more
Ben Hilzer
Gardner's book was one of pure honesty. Some people got frustrated with how depressing it is and the amount of profanities he used. Those people are sheltered and don't like the harsh reality. Gardner told his story the way it actually happened, the way the world treated him. It was beautifully real and I loved it. He focused on the idea that you can do whatever you want to do (no matter the circumstances) and to never be afraid to ask for help.
People also got frustrated with how the movie only
Lester Usapdin
Dec 01, 2014 Lester Usapdin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lester by: National Bookstore SM Megamall
This book is what made me always say "thank you" when someone is helping me to transfer my commuting fee to the jeepney driver, a service crew gives my meal, a customer service agent told me some directions. I remember making a series of review about this book in friendster.

The story of rags to riches (watch the film adaptation starring Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden; just a few changes to suit it in a 117 minute film). The experiences Chris had as a boy: losing an uncle who he considere
Richard Stephenson
Wow what a journey - a very explicit, detailed, and rough journey. Hardship and Mr. Gardner were no strangers. It takes a bit of effort, but there are some very good lessons to learn from this book.

I give it 3 stars as I thoroughly enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book, but had much difficulty with the first 2/3rds. I appreciate the hardship and utter raw-ness of his life-stories... but some of it just seemed a bit too much for the overall premise of the book (e.g. the gimp returns scene). A little t
Muhammed Zidan
Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish. This is your worth, who you really are, your degree that can go with you wherever you go, that you bring with you the moment you come into a room, that can't be manipulated or shaken. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to f ...more
As many of other people did, I wanted to read the book after seeing the movie. Not that I was extremely impressed, but I was really curious and usually the book offers a more detailed picture.
It took me a really long time to read the book, I didn't particulary liked the writing style and, to me, it seemed like the author wanted to impress, to show you what a great person he is.
There is a side of Chris Gardner that didn't exactly made me respect him as a person, and it definitely rubbed me the wr
Very inspirational story. However, I didn't like how it was written. This book really taught me to keep going forward.
I haven't seen the movie.
The book is interesting, but not edge-of-your-seat gripping. Gardner is clearly to be admired for making himself into the person he is today, but he also comes across as a bit of a hound dog/player.
The writing is OK but not great - much of it comes across as transcription of conversations with Gardner. There are frequent unnecessary changes of tense that rather put me off.
This story might well be inspiring to folks who are growing up in similar circumstances; for me it i
Harun Harahap
gw keduluan nonton pelmnya baru baca bukunya..jarang2 nih begini..cuma ni buku sama patch adams..cuma bedanya..di patch adam buku n filmnya beda..nah klo pursuit of happyness ni sama kayak film2 yg based on novel/book..dan entah kenapa jadi males gitu abcanya..

tapi walaupun gitu, baik film or bukunya punya pesen moral yg cukup merasa terpacu untuk pantang menyerah n putus asa dalam mengejar impian..tantangan apapun klo kita hadapi dengan berani dan sungguh2..pasti semua impian bisa ter
5 hrs and 42 mins
Zade Ghani
Per B English
December 7, 2014

SRP Book Review

For my SRP nonfiction book report I read The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner. This book demonstrates that with a good work ethic you can do anything. The books main character was Chris, an adult who lives homeless with his young son. I definitely enjoyed this book and I think I learned a lot from it.
This story keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is thrilling but also has a thoughtful plot that you can learn from, a per
Chris Gardner’s The Pursuit of Happyness is a cross between triumph, heartbreak and strength that will have you rooting for the underdog. The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review states that The Pursuit of Happyness is, “A quintessential rags-to-riches American dream story- amazing and inspirational.” Coming from a broken family Chris Gardner vowed to himself at a very young age that when he had a son he could give him everything he never had. When Gardner became an adult he struggled through man ...more
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Christopher Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and aspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organ ...more
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“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn't good enough, would be stilled.” 88 likes
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