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My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life: An Anti-Memoir Hardcover – July 22, 2008
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As an author, Nimoy just doesn't have Burroughs' or Sedaris' sense of the ridiculous, nor their gift of wit. He takes himself so seriously that even when he seems to be poking fun at his own foibles, he comes across as whiny. The vibe that he gives off is one of a man who feels like life has handed him a rotten deal and that other people -- his father, his mother, his ex-wife, his children and even his friends and potential date-mates -- are really to blame.
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The book sounded interesting enough, since Adam had recounted his troubled life with a humorous aspect and gave the reader a glimpse at what it was like to grow up in a famous household. But, my expectations were too high. I can't say that this book completely dashed my hopes of being interesting, but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting either.
When I'm reading a book about a persons life, I expect it to be written in somewhat of a chronological order, but this book is far from it. How it seems to me that Adam wrote this book, was that he sat down and simply wrote about whichever event came into his thoughts at the moment.
This book starts off with Adam humorously recounting what he went through to get this book published, but then the chapters that follow are just random excerpts of his life. He does talk about his growing up years, his special moments with his children, his marriage and divorce, his drug addiction and his trials and tribulations, but it's hard to follow since he goes back and forth between the years. Even the pictures that are inserted throughout this book don't match with the point in time that he's writing about.
I give Adam credit for wanting to write a book about his own life and not simply write about his "life with Leonard", but I think if he would have taken the time to arrange this book a little bit better, this book would be a lot better to read.
The book is never dark or gritty or filled with lurid and scandalous details, it is simply the author learning to be honest with himself. The book is comprised a anecdotes (sort of chapters) lived by the writer whose main theme is that of accepting to move on with his life. The book is a bit self-absorbed but it is honest in its writing and feelings. It is obvious that the writer has not worked out through all of his "angst", even at the end, but it is something he is trying to do.
The style of writing does seem young (adorned with Nimoy seeming to have the mind of an adolescent in terms of women) and like that of a starting writer. It is disjointed and without any clear timeline, which I did not mind that much. The book reads like a journal and it may be just that: a series of anecdotes Adam Nimoy wrote for himself and decided to publish. I was not expecting much when I got this book. I chose it because of the title (it was a bit ingenious). Still, I enjoyed the book. It was easy and fast to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OUTSTANDING BOOK -- Great Read. It felt as if a friend was telling me 'just what happened' over coffee at some Starbucks. Adam Nimoy's true life tale of his life ... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DirectedBy
Adam's humility and life trial remorse, made him seem real and likable except for his gratuitous references regarding his need to get laid ASAP. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scooter's Mom
A scattershot but insightful portrait of a life in the shadows of celebrity.Published 6 months ago by Da Bookworm
Adam was a friend of my brother in high school. He frequently was at our house after school, and his father would pick him up on the way home from shooting Star Trek at the TV... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mitchmaster
I read this book while my own father was in the hospital. I had heard of Adam through his girlfriend Beatrice at UC Berkeley. She got me running my freshman year. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. Guest
It was really interesting and the writing style is something very refreshing. It is funny and entertaining. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Maral
While it doesn't follow the typical outline of a memoir or autobiography, Adam Nimoy's book is well written and full of humor. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Ellibet