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Half a Life by Darin Strauss
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Sep 29, 14

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from April 19 to 23, 2011

What an interesting read! I won this book as a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads and I’m so glad that I did. I ended up reading this a lot sooner than I probably would have had I not. When I first read the description for the book, I was immediately intrigued. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live with the burden of having taken someone’s life. What an incredibly huge thing to carry around with you.

I really enjoyed hearing Darin talk about his life. And I absolutely loved the way he wrote about it. His style of writing is simple…not overly long and wordy. But the wording and phrases he uses are anything but simple. They hold an incredible amount of weight, significance, and insight. He somehow manages to put into words feelings that would seem impossible to describe. I was awed by some of his thoughts and observations.

I thought it was interesting that while his story felt honest and personal, he seemed somewhat detached and unemotional at the same time. I still am not 100 percent sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I think that worked perfectly with his style of writing…it just fit. On the other hand, I was left a little frustrated that I never felt a real emotional connection to him or his story. I could sympathize with him and what he went through, but my feelings stayed at the surface level. Although I wish it had grabbed at my heart more, I was still was very pulled in by Darin’s story. I truly enjoyed my time spent reading this. What a talented writer! I’m looking forward to checking out his other books and seeing what he does with fiction.

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04/20/2011 page 63
28.0% "I'm really liking Strauss' style of writing. It's personal, yet feels detached at the same time. It's interesting."
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Rose Ann I won this in the giveaway! Should get it in a couple of weeks!

Heather Me too! It's my first giveaway win and I'm really excited about it. I think it's going to be an interesting read. We'll have to compare notes when we're done! :)

message 3: by Rose Ann (last edited Apr 08, 2011 05:42PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rose Ann ok sounds good! I received mine today...that was quick!
My first giveaway win too!

Rose Ann Well said Heather! I had a hard time putting it into words.

Heather Thanks Rose Ann! :)

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