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Damaged Right Out Of The Box Paperback – April 21, 2012
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His wit and writing style turn those stories into page-turning gems. I read it until I fell asleep last night and finished it today.
I really really liked it.
In objective terms, this is Alan Felyk's life. Rather than presenting just facts, places, dates, etc, he gives a series of stories which move us along with him through that life, right up to the present time. There's no need for me to give more information, you should just read it and see what I mean.
I bonded easily with Felyk, because we are of the same generation. True, most of his life took place half a continent away from mine, but we seem to have had similar experiences through the same span of time: growing up in the 50s, going to college in the 60s, etc. In one story, he tells about listening to the 1969 draft lottery with his friends, and the feeling of relief he had when hearing his "safe" number. His experience and my own on that night with my friends merged in my mind as I read until I might have been sitting right next to Alan. In fact, as I read, I often found myself entering into the story rather than just reading about it. Not all authors have the ability to draw their readers in like that. As a story-teller myself, I appreciate it.
Since Felyk presents his memoir?/biography?/selected memories? in segments, it is easy to begin reading and then continue, Each story segment is self-contained, so each is satisfying as a sort-of short story. But each leads to the next, which kept drawing me back to the book until I had finished the whole thing.
When I was finished, I felt that I knew Alan Felyk as well as I do many of current friends. I also came away wishing I could meet and get to know him even better. He would make an interesting friend. Let's hope that happens before his story, and mine, are done.