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The Chase for Beauty Paperback – January 1, 2008
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The Chase for Beauty is not some public relations generated concept. Nor is it a chronological, paint-by-numbers biography. Chase is a compelling, narrative-nonfiction drama about faith, about perseverance, about achievements, about relationships, and--above all--about one's man's triumph over a devastating fate. The life of Dr. Hurwitz is the kind of inspiring, mystical, astonishing story that will resonate with readers everywhere. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I just didn't like this book - I'm not into reading about narcissitic families. But let's get one thing straight. If I need plastic surgery, Dr. Hurwitz would be my plastic surgeon of choice.
I read it because it was recommended to me by a good friend who knows Dr. Hurwitz, the plastic surgeon. I'm not much of a reader, but I was told to read the book because it is a true story about a man who's daughter was brutally murdered in his own backyard. Nearly 20 years later, he and his family have the courage to speak about it.
At first, I found myself reading the book to actually get to the murder scene chapter. I was anxious to read about the actual incident, the reaction, and how on earth the family dealt with such a tragedy. But upon really getting into the book, it made me realize that there was so much more to the story and life of Dr. Hurwitz than just the murder of his daughter. All of his hardships brought me even closer to his pain and chase for Beauty.
The falling out with his brother, the struggles with his wife, the multi- million dollar law suit against him, the mystique of the actual predictions of future tragic events, centered around the brutal murder of his daughter. How could a man overcome all of this? Dr. Hurwitz shows us how.
I read the book in 2 nights. I've never done that before with any book.
The Chase for Beauty made me realize that even though life can bring you extreme hardships, there still is a way to cope, be succesful, and move on with dignity and respect.
This book makes the perfect gift for a loved one whose goal in life is to advance, no matter the obstacle.
I finally decided to pick it up after reading an article about it in the post gazette back in September. The article describe the book as having a short beginning, a long middle, and an ending that was going in the right direction. I personally felt like the beginning and the middle were page turners, while the ending didn't have enough closure, probably because these were all true accounts.
I also felt like I wanted to learn a lot more about the murderer of Karen. In the Post Gazette article, it says the author interviewed the murderer for 5 days at Fayette County prison. I'd love to read the transcript of that interview. I was definitely confused as to whether or not the boy was crazy, jealous, or both.
What I loved most about The Chase was that the author recreated Dr. Hurwitz's life and made me feel like I was an actual part of it.
Pick up this book if:
- you're from Pittsburgh because it will without a doubt hit home
- you need to be inspired by someone who has had it a lot worse than you
- you want to learn how to appreciate the joy and beauty in life
I'm a big fan of the movie, Clockwork Orange, and the daughter's best friend, Mick apparently was too. This book made me go out and rent the movie again, and it reminded me how sick in the head people are. It definitely had an influence on the murderer, and I beleive the murder was definitely not premeditated as the detective suggested. Some people are just sick in the head, troubled, and can snap at any given moment, especially when their chips are down.
This true life story has inspired me to write a report on all of the real life murders that were influenced by the Clockwork Orange.
My heart and prayers go out to the family of this young woman.