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Breaking the Surface Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Greg and Eric put together Greg's story very well, never once causing me to wonder what was going on. From the very beginning I was amused by Greg's thoughts and concerned although he was talking about something that had happened over a decade ago (seven years ago when the book was written). Greg did not tell his story from a casual perspective. He was upfront with his emotions and I felt like I really got to know who this guy was and I came to care a great deal about him.
Greg Louganis is the sort of person that should be admired and respected not only for his athletic and acting (let's just think about Jeffrey here...) accomplishments but for his strength and courage. For someone who used to have such a distorted self-perception he grew into a rather wise and very beautiful man. He tells his life story with such compassion, humour, and care that it's difficult to believe he used to think so poorly of himself.
This man is one of my role models and I highly suggest that anyone and everyone read this book.
I also used this book to help my parents understand why I feel the need to come out. They didn't want me to tell many people, they wanted me to keep it under wraps. I read a few passages from this book to help them understand why I can't continue to hide. They didn't understand at that moment, but over time they have grown to understand the pain that I and many other gay people feel when they have to remain in the closet.
I am very grateful that I bought this book. It helped me find a new, higher lever of self-esteem that I never thought I could have before. Also, it has helped my family be more comfortable with my being gay.
Louganis did a nice job writing his autobiography because he discussed his ups and downs. He didn't try to make himself look better than what he was. He just told the truth even if it was dissatisfying. Breaking the Surface has its flaws, like reading points of his life that maybe you didn't want to know about. Many people can relate to this book and Louganis was a one of a kind athlete that should be honored and held high. After reading Breaking the Surface you will appreciate your life and have more respect for other people and what they go through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book. The story is gripping and very moving, Louganis is very frank about his biography and his emotional world. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Omer Peretz
I am a gay man who didn't come out till I was 55. I have had many of the same problems that Greg had. I have many blessings, good family, good friends, and I am HIV-.Published 16 days ago by Michael J. Fullerton
Book was in great condition, however I was not informed the sleeve wasn't includedPublished 26 days ago by Dahenry727
It always touched my heart learning about Greg's struggles from childhood (kids can be so cruel) on up to his adulthood. He is a true athlete, gentleman and wonderful human being. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JLH
This is a man with integrity and someone I would very much like to know.Published 4 months ago by Marita L. Hackbarth
I always loved watching Greg dive. I saw the documentary he did for HBO, it made me want to read the book. I think it was well written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DobermanMomma