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My Stroke Of Luck
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I knew him first as Spartacus, then as a Viking, after that as a reporter (Ace in the Hole). I learned about him after reading this book. He recites so vividly the prelude and aftermath of a severe stroke that happened to him. He is so realistic and so full of humour. Kirk Douglas is a brave man not because he does not know fear, but even if he is full of fear he continues to move on; as he said in the book "like an ocean liner". The book is very easily read and is full of enjoyable anecdotes from Douglas' friends and family. The Oscar Award speech rehearsals and the speech itself is a wonder, I must admit. The mentioning of the breaking of blacklisted artists in the Hollywood by Kirk Douglas has to be remembered once again after so many years. One or two criticisms... First; to have dinner at a table where a bloodthirsty killer named Ariel Sharon attends too. You can not justify sitting at the same table with him even if you are a Jew. Second is the praisals of Ronald Reagan and John Wayne who deeply contradict the thoughts of a man who bravely challenged the House Un-American Activities Committee all alone. Although I don't belong to the stroke-potential age group I enjoyed reading the book. I have learned from the master to be positive all the way,no matter what happens, ever hopeful and helpful to others. Thank you Spartacus...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`My Stroke of Luck' is Kirk Douglas' memoir describing his experiences of life after his strokes. It looks at his rehabilitation and the lessons he has learnt as he has overcome adversity. This is quite short and you can easily read it in a few hours, but it is very inspiring and gives you an extra boost to overcome your own challenges and make the most of life. This has plenty of entertaining anecdotes from his film career, as and when they relate to his recovery. There are photos dotted throughout the book of Douglas at various points in his life and of other people who have inspired him and who have overcome their own adversities, people like Christopher Reeve. Kirk comes across as a very genuine guy and writes in a very frank, open style. I enjoyed this immensely and if you enjoyed this then I suggest you check out Michael J Fox's memoir `Lucky Man' and Christopher Reeves autobiography `Still Me', both of which are fascinating and inspiring in equal measures.

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on 3 April 2014
This was recommended to me by a nurse when my mother had a stroke. It helped me understand what she was going through, as much as is possible. Kirk Douglas talks frankly about what e suffered and how he felt, but there are also interesting anecdotes about his life in film, and this helps keep the book interesting.
I would recommend this as a good read, but also for anyone who knows a person who has suffered a stroke.
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on 9 May 2013
Great book to bring you up to date with the Douglas family. Highs and lows of Kirk life before and after his illness and struggle to recovery. Heart warming and tear jerking at times....well written and keeps your interest throughout.
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on 28 October 2010
my dad had a stroke this book helped me more than him because he died a week later

its not a heavy read but if you like kirk {and I do } you'll like this

"i'm sparticus"
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on 18 October 2013
Kirk Douglas has had a stroke but it didn't dent his ability to write or tell stories. A great book, a real page turner.
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