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Climbing The Mountain: My Search For Meaning

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With the simple power and astonishing candor that made his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman's Son, a number one international bestseller, Kirk Douglas now shares his quest for spirituality and Jewish identity -- and his heroic fight to overcome crippling injuries and a devastating stroke.
On February 13, 1991, at the age of seventy-four, Kirk Douglas, star of such major mot
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 12th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1997)
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Craig Hart
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, since celebrities don't always make the best writers, so I went into it with a fairly open mind. Actually, I was probably more biased towards liking it, since Douglas is from the era of Hollywood that I love.

The book is largely about Douglas rediscovering his Jewish roots and reconnecting with that heritage. I sympathized with his "search for meaning," but sometimes felt that he was struggling to appear more insightful than perhaps he actually is.

This is l
Tim Ganotis
More religious and talk about family than expected. I suspect The Ragman's Son is more the Kirk Douglas autobiography I'm looking for.
Barry Bridges
At least I only paid a dollar for this book. Kirk finds his Jewish self and tells Torah stories but finds no great insight other than he is preachy and has a giant ego. I really hoped for a little more.
Non-fiction. He is in a helicopter accident where 2 young men die. He wonders why he lived. Delves deep into his past and his Jewish roots. Becomes a much more patient man.
David Enos
Kirk Douglas has a lot to say. There are some interesting views on his ghosts, in wives, in horses. He has lived longer than any man alive.
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Kirk searches for meaning in his life after a helicopter crash which he survives but two young men die.
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Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, ) is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the ...more
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“The biggest spur to my interest in art came when I played van Gogh in the biographical film Lust For Life. The role affected me deeply. I was haunted by this talented genius who took his own life, thinking he was a failure. How terrible to paint pictures and feel that no one wants them. How awful it would be to write music that no one wants to hear. Books that no one wants to read. And how would you like to be an actor with no part to play, and no audience to watch you. Poor Vincent—he wrestled with his soul in the wheat field of Auvers-sur-Oise, stacks of his unsold paintings collecting dust in his brother's house. It was all too much for him, and he pulled the trigger and ended it all. My heart ached for van Gogh the afternoon that I played that scene. As I write this, I look up at a poster of his "Irises"—a poster from the Getty Museum. It's a beautiful piece of art with one white iris sticking up among a field of blue ones. They paid a fortune for it, reportedly $53 million. And poor Vincent, in his lifetime, sold only one painting for 400 francs or $80 dollars today. This is what stimulated my interest in buying works of art from living artists. I want them to know while they are alive that I enjoy their paintings hanging on my walls, or their sculptures decorating my garden” 8 likes
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