I read this wonderful book when I first moved to the United States from Puerto Rico as a teenager and I loved it now just as much as I did then. SomedI read this wonderful book when I first moved to the United States from Puerto Rico as a teenager and I loved it now just as much as I did then. Someday I will be buying the anniversary edition which has colored pictures for my collection. The story is beautiful and it gave me hope at a time in my life when I was struggling....more
**spoiler alert** When I saw the title of this book, I wanted to read it because I wanted to "strengthen" myself internally for my future move. I am m**spoiler alert** When I saw the title of this book, I wanted to read it because I wanted to "strengthen" myself internally for my future move. I am moving back to the town where I used to live, where I have some very good friends but where I will also see people I rather not see or interact with again. I wanted the book to give me ideas on how to "take it" when I am teased again or given a hard time or whatever, for moving and coming back (which I have done more than once), mistakes made (or not) and so on.
The book has nothing to do with that at all and am I glad!
The book is based on the following saying by Theodore Roosevelt, part of a speech he gave at the Suorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. The following passage made his speech famous and I typed it directly from the book (p. 1):
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again,
because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause;
who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly….” (emphasis added)
The book reminded me that there is nothing wrong with taking chances, making mistakes, and learning, re-learning, and trying again and again and again. There is nothing wrong with being vulnerable and that it takes a lot of courage to live life with imperfections and be opened to others’ criticisms.
As adults, we encourage children and young people in learning new things, making mistakes, taking chances and trying again. Why not as adults too? So I have decided to live my life by daring greatly, whatever may come, mistakes and all.
This story has multiple emotional levels with the various characters interacting in all these levels. Plus, the issue dealt with is very important becThis story has multiple emotional levels with the various characters interacting in all these levels. Plus, the issue dealt with is very important because it has to do with privacy and how much should a person get when in therapy and when that same person has committed a crime. The story was fascinating to me, fast moving with a double ending! I highly recommend to mystery buffs and I wish someone would make a movie of this book! :)...more