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THINGS I AM ASHAMED OF: A Memoir (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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I’ve lopped off a star as I felt the book rambled a bit at the end. He largely stopped talking about his actions, and instead talked about his views – something I find a lot less interesting (I can get views anywhere and everywhere on the Internet for free, but actual personal experience is special).
But overall I really liked this truthful memoir. I liked its brevity, too: a nice ad for the ‘Single’ genre. Good stuff.
There is much in the book that we can all identify with - so many things that with hindsight and the benefit of maturity we'd all say or do differently - unkind comments we've made with the express intention of causing hurt or not caring whether we did or not. Words and deeds better left unsaid or not done, and other things we ought to have said or done but unthinkingly didn't, taking the kindness of others for granted, people we've let down who relied upon us to not do so.
Of course, we're not made wise by the recollections of our past - a past we can't alter, but we are responsible for the future, so rather than paper over the cracks and leave the past where it belongs as we tend to do, whilst not emotionally 'beating ourselves up' over events now long gone, ('raking up the past' as some might say), we can reflect upon and learn from those errors of judgement and try to be a little kinder in future and the book is a gentle reminded that maybe we ought to.
I found the book well-written, succinct and insightful, and could empathise with much that Nicholas recounted.
I've met the author Nicholas Clee in a professional capacity several times, yet reading this astonishingly frank self-examination revealed aspects of the private person that made much more sense of the public person. Many of us tussle with aspects of our childhood, upbringing, parents and their influence on our personalities: it is very refreshing to experience someone face their demons without being dragged down by them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected disappointing read ,infact I only read half the bookPublished 18 months ago by Rosemary goodwin
The point of this is lost on me, frankly. It doesn't seem there is anything worthy of note, record, or shame in this... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
I started to read this book thinking it was an Adrian Mole type comedy, which it kind of is to begin with. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not m usual read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it ? Admired him for his honestyPublished 21 months ago by Mrs. A. S. Southwood
An honest and insightful book. Had me thinking back to many similar embarrassments in my youth… well worth 99p.Published 22 months ago by J. P. S. May