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In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954 Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (February 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038513679X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385136792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like to joke that he could make a phone book an interesting read.
Michael Williams
While blessed with an extraordinary mind, he lived a very ordinary childhood if a poor one.
Vincent Poirier
This biography as well as the companion book are long and filled with incredible detail.
Advaitin for the Rest of the World

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Carter (dcarter@inforamp.net on March 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book (Library Edition) is huge and lush with detail. The follow-up, "In Joy Still Felt", continues the tale, and is also quite worthy of obtaining. Unlike the more contemporary version (I.Asimov: A Memoir) "In Memory Yet Green" recalls the *angst* of waiting for a cheque from a publisher, the occasionally brash youthfulness, the love of his family and his meteoric rise once he got his foot in the door. The more modern one has an edge; a sense of impatience or haste, or simply an impending lack-of-time. It omits vignettes like the time his school principal called him into his office, said nothing, and took out a comb and fixed his hair before sending him out of the office. This autobiography is detailed and shows how the Russian-speaking youth moved from being an English-illiterate to the self-taught genius that we all came to know. It relates how he heard people pronounce street names, examined the street signs and figured out how to read before he began his formal education. This is the story as told when he didn't feel that he was running out of time. It has a sense of fun (cf. The Endochronic Properties of Theotimoline "practice paper" he wrote prior to taking his Ph.D examination). It ranges widely, and includes whole stories as examples. Get all three and compare them. "I.Asimov: A Memoir" gives more current information, but the first two make you *really* appreciate him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Domby on July 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Undertaking merely one of the two volumes of Asimov's autobiography seems a daunting task, but as Orson Scott Card said at a signing I recently attended, "Asimov's style is so liquid. He led a boring life and yet I found myself turning the pages eagerly." This is exactly the position I found myself in reading this and the next tome of Asimov's life story: enthralled. This comes in part from a keen interest in the man, his work, and life, and also in part from the simple fact that he was such a damn good writer. I wouldn't recommend the book as light reading, but for anyone who is interested in the genius and his life, don't hesitate.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Williams on May 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Asimov hesitated to undertake an autobiography. He steadfastly maintained that nothing of interest ever happened to him. He determined that, if he were to write such an autobiography, he'd have to call on all his skill as a writer to disguise the fact. You'll have to decide for yourself whether his life was indeed as dull as he claimed, but you won't question his skill as a writer.
In Memory Yet Green (and its companion volume, In Joy Still Felt) makes us participants in the life of one of the greatest minds in 20th century America. You feel you know his parents and siblings. You'll feel you'd recognize his father's candy store, their apartment, his schools, his neighborhood if you saw them. You'll share in his academic successes and travails and in the loves of his life. You'll meet his friends, the list of which reads like a who's who of the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
Asimov was a masterful writer and a genius at making science understandable to the average reader. But he also wrote about the Bible, about literary criticism, he wrote some of the best-loved science fiction ever, he wrote limericks, essays, and the list goes on and on. I like to joke that he could make a phone book an interesting read. He certainly makes reading about his life a delight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It was my lucky day when I walked into a local used-book store and found both volumes of Isaac Asimov's autobiography. You might think that reading about the life of a man who spent most of his time in a windowless room pounding a typewriter would be a tedious chore, but you would be wrong in this case. I'm a great fan of detective fiction, and I found "In Memory Yet Green" and its sequel every bit as absorbing and unputdownable as any whodunit. These volumes cover the years 1920 to 1978. Be sure to also read the 1990 memoir, "I.Asimov."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Advaitin for the Rest of the World on March 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first read this biography back in college quite a few years ago as I was a huge fan of his -believe it or not- non-fiction!! I actually didn't care for his science fiction! I would say that my interest in science and my entry into science as my major in college was largely due to reading his science essays. I just loved his style. I tell people this and they think I was crazy, but gentle reader(as Isaac would put it)this was the case, and I never cared too much for his fiction writings. In fact I liked Isaac so much I devoured his two huge autobiographies as I found him to be incredibly interesting. This biography as well as the companion book are long and filled with incredible detail. The details are incredibly boring unless you are an Asimov fan. Now like I said I loved both volumes as you really enter his world when he was a kid and you get an interesting view of Brooklyn in the early part of the 20th century. This was all based on his diaries so you can only imagine the amount of details. The book reads like a diary too. He doesn't provide alot of psychological insight into his past but just lots of facts about growing up in New York city - like a friend of his who rode the entire New York city subway system and I believe he wanted to walk every street in Brooklyn. Like I said, I totally enjoyed the work cause I totally loved Isaac's personality in his non-fiction. In fact I liked him even more because of the autobiography. I met him once at a conference (science) but couldn't get to speak with him as his wife shepherded him out of the hall as Isaac just loved to flirt with the ladies. So if you love incredible details about the early life of Isaac this is a great book. If you are not a Huge! fan then stay away from this tome and get his brief biography "I, Asimov", actually a better book too.'Nuf said.
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