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Promise at Dawn (Revived Modern Classic) Paperback – April 17, 1987
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This autobiography is a story of self-discovery which is at once charmingly engaging and profoundly deep. This book is one of two of my absolute favorites. I am a native speaker of Russian and I also read a lot in Spanish -- this is not to boast, but to show that I know to what to compare to. And surely there are books which are better written, not to mention more famous. And yet, as other reviews indicate, I am not alone. How come?
Literature and in art general is often intellectualized, taken too seriously and made separate from everyday experiences of life. But experience of reading a book is actually could be just like another experience: observing the beauty of nature, doing Yoga on the mat, staying in a challenges situation in everyday life or having a good conversation with a friend. In all those experiences we discover what we are and what we are capable of. And the book we read, we really read only to the extent that there is something in it which resonates with us and own worldview. The great book is only great for us as it speaks to each us individually while it articulating our own yearnings and dim glimmering. This is one such great book.
Paraphrasing Nietzsche, it is a story about life as a work of art. The author constantly finds itself in impossible situations when he faces multiple conflicting constraints; in fact it is sheer impossibility of these life situations which makes them believable: fantasy rarely stretches as far as exigencies of real life do. Making creativity a way of life, Gari always finds spectacular solutions, sometime more so, sometimes less but always creative and unpredictable. He says he has no choice, he promised his mother (hence 'Promise at Dawn').Read more ›
is a must read.
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