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Life Is So Good

Dawson, George

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life Is So Good
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In this remarkable book, 103-year-old George Dawson, a slave's grandson who learned to read at age 98, reflects on his life and offers valuable lessons in living as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars, presidents, and defining moments in history, George Dawson's description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that-through it all-has sustained him: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."

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Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780141001685
0141001682
Branch Call Number: B-Da324L 2001
Characteristics: ix, 260 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Glaubman, Richard

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Jan 07, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I approached this book with a little trepidation thinking it would be a bit sugary after reading the blurb. I am happy to say I was mistaken. A gentle narrative that takes you along like a slow lazy sunday. And what a story. George is 103 and his life spanned three centuries. He is humble, insightful, compassionate with a wry sense of humour at his rather long and, what he considers to be, an uneventful one. It is anything but.

"A man who learned to read when he was ninety-eight recalls the early hardships of his life, shares his memories of segregation, and discusses his philosophical observations." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=712601

Jan 29, 2013
  • dthang rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most inspirational books you'll ever read. Do yourself a favour and read this book! ;)

This book reminded me to be thankful of everything I have, not to judge others, not to complain, and how far you can get if you just shut up and work hard. It was an amazing and incredibly interesting book

Aug 22, 2012
  • smworthy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read this for a book club. Good book, but seemed to rush through several decades, while spending chapters on a single event/time.

Jun 22, 2012
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

George Dawson lived a full life and never found the time to learn to read until he was 98 years old. He passed away in 2001 at the age of 103 years (born 1898). His outlook on life was always positive - work hard, be good to people, and steer clear of trouble. He never cared for coffee, preferring hot chocolate as a daily drink. The book is an easy-flowing account of his life and his philosophy that you accepted what came your way and took the good out of it. Hard work was its own reward. His appeal was such that over the course of his life he had and outlived four wives.

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