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Still Alive: A Temporary Condition

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
+Old age is a shipwreck,+ Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to the fullest. This is a book about how time overtakes us, how reminiscence, loss, hope, pain, success, failure-the lifelong accumulation of dreams and reality-crowd about us with every ...more
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published July 9th 2008 by Arcade Publishing
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Sep 21, 2009 Books Ring Mah Bell rated it it was ok
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You know, I feel like a huge jerk giving 2 stars to someone's memoir. Who am I to say, "Hey, your telling of your life story is a snoozer!" Well, I'm me and I just did.

I expected more from this as I really love the time in which Gold grew up - I often think I was born in the wrong era, that I should be shuffling along in a nursing home somewhere, playing bridge, reminiscing about the war, while listening to some big band music. Oh, and ooops, that wasn't just a fart!

There were a few chapters in
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Penny
Nov 22, 2010 Penny rated it liked it
I liked the writing style very much but was a bit put off by the slightly arrogant tone of the writer. He is funny, but sort of puts other people down. A memoir is by its nature focused on the writer, but somehow this one seemed to be focused on others in a way that was a bit too self-satisfied and smug.
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Snarky start, then mellows out. Second memoir in a month, perhaps it's time for a new genre.
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He writes beautifully about aging. I recommend this book. It's very thought provoking.
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