Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned by Michael J. Fox (4/5)

First published: 210
Page count: 100

The back says: Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches--all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.

In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when "life goes skidding sideways." He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.

Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox's new book is the perfect gift for graduates.

I say: I waited for a very long time to buy and read this, which is strange since I bought and read his two previous books the week they were released. And not having read the synopsis, I was surprised at the content.

Pleasantly surprised, mind you.

I’ve had a crush on MJF for over 20 years as well as an admiration for his candour about his life, so it was nice to read this book of compressed wisdom accompanied by personal anecdotes. I would love to give this to my niece who is about to graduate the Swedish equivalent of high school, but I fear she’ll never read it. Which is a shame because it has a lot of life lessons in it that I wish I had been given at that age.

4/5 because it manages to capture the essential in only 100 pages long and effectively does what it says on the tin.

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