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It's Been a Good Life by Isaac Asimov
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Jun 07, 11

bookshelves: biographies-and-autobiographies, history-and-politics
Recommended for: Anybody who enjoys memoirs or the writings of Isaac Asimov
Read in May, 2011

"Its Been A Good Life" would rank among one of the best memoirs I've ever read. The variety and fullness of Asimov's intellectual life as described in his own words was reason enough for reading this thoughtful auto-biography. The large number of charming reminiscences (about friends, conferences, world events and a life spent writing constantly and unceasingly) and a diverse range of revealing excerpts from Asmov's multitude of speeches, letters, books and articles (often accompanied by interesting commentary Asimov's wife, Janice) made this book even more worth reading. My ultimate impression though was Asmov's intimate, candid and wittily cheerful tone. The incredibly inspiring optimism that was at the core of Asimov's personality (and clearly evident in his writing) was (as he put it) based on s life-long love of learning, books, stimulating conversations and a constant curiosity about the world. Having read this abbreviated auto-biography, I look forward to reading all three complete volumes of of Isaac Asimov' memoirs at some point in the future.
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