- Hardcover: 828 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (April 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385155441
- ISBN-13: 978-0385155441
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov 1954-1978 Hardcover – April, 1980
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I did find it frustrating that he didn't include much insight into his family's personalites. He really valued their privacy, but it left me with a feeling of uncompleteness. It reads like diary entries that he knows someone will be reading. No gossip, just the facts.
Isaac does give you a lot of insight into his personality, and by reading "between the lines" you see the real Asimov. He truly was a wonderful entertaining writer as he made the most commonplace activities, good reading.
In the first, Asimov begins with some family history occurring before he was born, and much of it deals with his childhood, academic progress, WWII and the beginning of his first marriage. WWII is a matter of historical record, and little about the broad sweep of its arc is in dispute these days. There is very little drama in the life of a child, or the life of a nerdy young adult whose main interests are science and science fiction. There is also little drama in the first flush of immature love that led to his first marriage. What drama there is, concerns events long past or people long dead, and is dealt with without too much worry. Besides which, the main interest of the book is Asimov's increasingly successful forays as a writer, and while consumately interesting, it is not generally a contentious subject.
By the time we reach this volume, In Joy Still Felt, however, one can't help but notice that every second page is emotionally stunted, truncated, abbreviated and censored. People are described as existing, living in a place, going to another place, meeting other people, eating, giving or receiving awards, and occasionally Asimov deigns to tell us if they had a good time or not. What they really did, or talked about, what they thought, or what he thought of them, we will now never know.Read more ›
He begins as a newly minted chemistry Ph.D. with a knack for giving good (great) lectures but with no special affinity for original academic research. He continues writing and this supplements his income. He lands a job in Boston and eventually becomes an associate professor of biochemistry in Boston University's department of medicine.
He turns from writing fiction to non-fiction and gradually his writing income exceeds his medical school income and circumstances push him to write full time, much to his delight.
Asimov meets friends and editors for lunch and dinner, he begins a side career as a speaker, he travels a little but only by car, train, or cruise ship since this man who zips through space in his mind won't get on an airplane. He raises two children, divorces, moves back to New York, and remarries. By the end of this account, he's written and published over 200 books.
I'm a great fan of Asimov but I am under no illusion. As a writer of fiction Asimov wrote fun, clever, hugely entertaining stories but I doubt they will be read in a hundred years the way Edgar Allan Poe's stories are today. His fiction entertains but doesn't soothe or enlighten the soul. As a non-fiction writer of science, new discoveries can only make his books outdated. His books on history and literature will last longer, but the fact is there are better books than his on those topics.Read more ›
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If you are a fan of Asimove and the Golden Age, you'll enjoy this.Published 5 months ago by Jamie Dedes
I read the whole thing, but I'll skip the other zillion-page volume. IT WAS GREAT.Published 9 months ago by Thomas H. Cole
Ok, it's an old paperback book. But it fell apart in my hands. So I bought another hard cover copy from someone else.Published 16 months ago by Ian Forry
I enjoy Dr. Asimov's self-deprecating way as well as his fiction. I only have just begun and-as expected-it's a very comfortable read. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Steven Walley
I read the first half of Asimov's autobiography some years ago. Recenlty, I pulled it out and started reading sections again, and found myself hooked again. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Dennis Stephens
I bought Asimov's autobiography, "In Memory Yet Green" years ago and finally got around to reading it a year or so ago. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by suspect9
This biography paints a positive picture of humanity and idealizes Asimov's life. Not much detail on his personal life or bad habits (he was famous for feeling up women) is... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Judah