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Fat, Forty, and Fired: One Man's Frank, Funny, and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life Paperback – December 16, 2011
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Recounting the life he led during the nine months he was not working, Marsh opens with his operation for "anal fistula"; the six-week convalescence enables him to reflect on his next step after learning that the firm he runs in Sydney, Australia, is being closed. Breaking open the family nest egg, he decides to escape the pattern of "enforced inertia that kept men in a tie and at the office" and to take a year off. Marsh's epiphanies during his hiatus include the realization that he is fat, but more poignantly, that he is an alcoholic. While the light tone of the book sometimes undermines his struggle with alcohol, Marsh clearly takes it seriously. The strength of the memoir lies in the intimate and often humorous moments he shares as he reconnects with his wife and four children. Whether it is his preschool-aged daughter announcing to her gymnastics teacher, "We don't touch Daddy's willy because it's dirty," or the more somber account of his wife talking him out of having a glass of wine, Marsh is at his best in vignettes. The narrative slows in the middle, during a European trip with his wife, but when Marsh finally re-enters the workforce, he does so recognizing that instead of obsessing about the time he misses with his family, he should enjoy the moments he has. (May)
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When a business misadventure offers Marsh the opportunity to take a hiatus from work, he expects to spend some time relaxing with his wife and four young children, rediscovering his family after years as a CEO in Australia. He didn't count on rediscovering himself. This is the touching and laugh-out-loud funny story of a man who embarked on a life-changing odyssey without the slightest clue about what to expect. The book has plenty of the usual comic episodes (see Dad try to get his kids to school on time! Watch as his daughter embarrasses him in front of the foxy gym instructor!), but it also tackles some serious issues. In order to avoid having his dream of "dropping out" become a nightmare, Marsh and his family not only had to adjust to a reduced standard of living but also had to learn how to balance the sudden abundance of "free time" with a seemingly endless list of new things to learn. A very funny but also enlightening and inspiring memoir. David Pitt
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Bought it and read it because I was and still am like the guy in the title accept that I'm actually in my mid fifties. What I didn't like about it was that the author seems a bit of a pretentious snob, let go from a high paying gig, has a mild medical scare, is overweight and has a drinking problem. Goes on a self actualizing journey of discovery where he finds the true him, after losing all his vices, becomes a hero to his wife and fam, takes up some competitive swimming, and becomes a good, person, but also a total boar. Still if stuck on an airplane for a while, Still, it's worth a read and I could see enjoying it.
So here it goes. The storyline jumps back and forth and it is not laugh-out-loud funny at least as far as I read. I made it through the first three chapters and half of the fourth chapter. While it is clear the author, is not a natural writer, the story seemed intriguing. However hearing about a man's complete disconnect with how the world works, with the "story" of dropping his kids off at school, I was wondering what rubbish I was reading. To have the whole situation be interesting, some more zest could be added, but his description of events and situations are a bit bland and quite honestly I found the author coming off as arrogant and privileged to the point of excess. I hope he sincerely changed later in the book, but I couldn't get through the rest of the book for the life of me.
I paid the right price for it and would have been sincerely disappointed if I had paid full price. If you are interested in reading this book, I recommend getting it from a library or borrowing it from someone who got it while it was free for the Kindle. I don't believe many avid readers would be challenged by the text or find it providing a new, interesting point of view.
The idea is good, however, because of the execution, I'm having trouble getting through it and that is why it receives 3 stars instead of a lower rating as a result of not being able to find out whether it picks up or not.
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