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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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About the Author
Nigel Marsh is the CEO of Leo Burnett Australia. He has worked for a variety of businesses, including a number of the world's top companies: McDonald's, Pepsi, British Airways, and Phillip Morris. He lives with his wife and children in Bronte, Australia.
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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.
Nigel learned many life lessons that are difficult to learn without being in the trenches on a day-to-day basis with small children. Fortunately, many stayed with him when he returned to the workforce. It was also interesting to hear the man's perspective on what is expected of executives by their employers. It is really difficult for someone in a high level job to lead a balanced family life. Women try to do it all the time and often determine that it is impossible. Something has to give and it's usually the family.
This book was entertaining. It did hold my attention throughout the entire book. It won't go down as a literary classic, but it was worth the time it took me to read it. I didn't expect to learn anything, just to be entertained. I found I was not only entertained, I also learned a few things.
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