April 23, 2012

Life Really is Good

This month our book club chose Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman.

This book is a true story and it's about the life of Mr. George Dawson. He was born in 1898 in Texas and was still alive when this book was published in 2000. It's truly amazing to read the life this man has read because it's not a story you can imagine someone doing these days, times have changed.

A man who spent his younger years working to help support the family instead of attending school, spent 9 years of his young adult life traveling around the United States, seeing Mexico and Canada, and then eventually settling down to start a family back in Texas. 

A man who got by without knowing how to read a single word. It's amazing to see how he traveled around relying on the honesty of other people since he was unable to read. He managed to live with almost nothing financially but seemed extremely content with the life he lived, in his eyes, life is what it is. Essentially you make the best of your situations.

He's most well known for taking the initiative and going to school at the age of 98 and finally learning to read. Which if you read the summary of this book is a huge plot point of this novel. Honestly I was more interested in the parts before then. 

Don't get me wrong to learn such a key "function" in life at the age of 98 is amazing, but I felt that the rest of his life was so interesting to read about. It was just a different time and way of living, but so fascinating!

I won't give away much more because I feel everyone should read this book. It's fascinating, heart warming, and you might learn a thing or two.

Overall Grade - A-.


Staci said...

Glad yo enjoyed it! I didn't love it.

Alycia said...

You are being so good with your reading. I haven't picked up my book in over a month :o\


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