- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Denro Classics/bp books (February 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983676860
- ISBN-13: 978-0983676867
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,101,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simply Bob: Searching for the Essense Paperback – February 6, 2016
Synopsis: In less than seven seconds, Bob Brown's life was shattered. It wasn't an accident. It wasn't illness. It was a documentary film, and it took him forty years to recover. In this memoir of seeking the reason to get out of a warm, comfortable bed in the morning, Brown tells the story of what made sense to him, and it may be right for you too. He thanks his parents for making it all possible.
Critique: "SimplyBob: Searching for the Essence" is a compelling read from beginning to end and very highly recommended for community library Contemporary AmericanBiography/Memoir collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Simply Bob" is also available in a Kindle edition ($5.95).
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This autobiography is an intimate look at what went into the making of Bob Brown. And if you've ever read any of this author's books, you know that no one tells a story like Bob... Some of his chapters are amusing, some poignant, some straight forward but all are smart & introspective.... Classic Bob Brown & well worth the read.
Clearly there is potential here, yet in its present form, it isn't quite fully realised. One of the quotes in the product description of the book is: 'In page after page, hidden under unassuming titles, he assembles crisp bits of wisdom.' For this reader, this both the strength and the weakness of the book, which contains a series of personal anecdotes, with one notable exception: the chapter on death.
Here, at last, the author reveals his truth self and drops his guard, revealing his other, more vulnerable side, than in the other chapters that detail his many and varied achievements.
But this chapter aside, the main issue is that the book is crying out for a structural edit, which would give a narrative cohesion and impose a structure on what are at present, disjointed chapters, which don't follow on from one another. For example, the chapter after the one titled Death, is called It Was All Robin's Fault. It covers a bewildering array of topics, some of which don't seem to connect – from writing novels, a story about his friend Jim, an anecdote about going out on the town, backpacking, the Princess of the Seven Universes, marriage, and finally about his friend Robin.
The author has led an interesting life, and he certainly knows how to write. It's just that in its present state, this is still too much a series of random thoughts and anecdotes, which if the author could bring them together, would make for a very convincing memoir.
I received a free copy, in exchange for an honest review.