Thinking My Way to the End of the World: A Memoir Paperback – January 13, 2016
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I imagine many baby-boomers will understand, and possibly connect with a bulk of the story’s period (1960’s – mid 1970’s). Although I am from Generation X, I found this memoir relatable because it addresses the timeless theme regarding an individual’s path to self-discovery; and what has even been coined as “the hero’s journey” (although I don’t believe the modest author, would necessarily agree with the last part of my comment). Also, I appreciated the universal spirituality mentioned without being “preachy,” or seeking to convert; but expanded the meaning of the author’s story. Well done!
“All this time I(d) been looking to science for answers, and despite all my intense efforts to understand the material world, my reason for living ha(d) been draining away. I’m so glad I found this (answer to my prayers).”
And by the time I got to that point in his story, I was so glad he was finding answers in his spiritual quest too! I heaved a small sigh of relief that this young, earnest, and very clever man had discovered some prospect at last, of his very own happy ending, fresh hope at the end of a long, dispiriting trail. I was glad to witness the start of a new path for him.
I would have liked to learn more about why Jerry had ever felt such keyed-up angst in what appeared to be a fairly conventional Jewish up-bringing, and where, perhaps, his particular fears originated. It is true that, as a member of an ethnically distinct group that has been subject to much more than its fair share of persecution, Jerry’s particular worries were understandable; yet not all individuals who are in group that habitually sees itself as persecuted end up in such a state of chronic anxiety and depression.
Perhaps, in a later volume of his autobiographical adventures Jerry might enlighten us. This first volume details the author’s journey from youth until the age of about thirty-five, and it would be very interesting to catch up with his progress in the intervening years. Times change, and I’m sure he has changed too, and learned a great deal since his youth.
This is a well-written, insightful and very sincere look at the particular challenges facing young people in the 1960’s America, which contained many unexpected parallels with my own experiences. An interesting read.