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About the Author

Abdel Sellou now lives in Algeria with his wife and three children, where he runs a chicken farm. He remains close to Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who lives in Morocco with his second wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1st edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160286182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(The following review is largely my comment disagreeing with the one star, negative review by "E.T.")

After seeing the movie, "The Intouchables," I couldn't believe that a person (Abdel/"Driss") so characterologically amoral would be able to change the way the movie pictured in such a short time. So I bought this book that he wrote for another perspective--and I was not disappointed; it gave that to me and I feel richly rewarded for having read it. (Now I'll start reading "A Second Wind" by Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo.)

I recommend you see the movie first, bearing in mind that it's not a documentary but was inspired by the life stories of Phillippe Pozzo & Abdel ("Driss" in the film). The movie does have much more continuity than the book but at the expense of taking many liberties, short cuts, alterations of the actual facts and time lines. (E.g., Abdel/"Driss" worked with Phillippe for 10 years & about a year before Phillippe's first wife, Beatrice, died; Abdel did not play "matchmaker" for Phillipe's second marriage.) It does stay true to the unique and uplifting story of these two men.

Although Abdel is not a skilled author -- I found his book fascinating because it was like spending an afternoon chatting with Abdel about his life before, during, and after his time with Phillippe: somewhat disjointed, organized by when something comes into his mind rather than being driven by a need to carefully, very orderly explicate beginnings, middles, and conclusions. Abdel's "style" gives a feeling of the unique reality of Abdel that a more polished version probably would never accomplish.
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You Changed My Life is the kind of book that will inspire someone to say it "Changed My Life." It certainly caused me to look at my own life and reminded me how good people and life are. Truly uplifting and inspiring.
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My five stars for both Second Wind and this book have to do with the content. Both are well written. However both of them tell stories of life changes which come from becoming more involved in others lives with concern for the well being of the other. Great read.
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I was so taken with the movie The Intouchables that I immediately went and bought this book. Originally, I thought it might be repetitive but instead you get the stripped down, real story about this captivating relationship. The movie definitely took some liberties in telling the story. The real Abdel, who you get to know in this memoir, isn't nearly as charismatic as the actor who plays him in the movie and some of the best scenes in the movie actually took place differently but that didn't bother me. If you're interested in knowing more about the true story and not just the cinematic version, I would recommend this book.
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Having seen the movies "Intouchables," from which this book is derived, I got great insight into the lives of the people involved. It shows the differences from the movie , but gives a real feeling for these persons. It added a new dimension and appreciation of the movie and I highly recommend it.
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In my experience, reading the book first and then seeing the movie is always dissapointing. Seems the book is always better. Not so in this case. Don't get me wrong. I am glad I read the book but the movie is so much better. I plan on buying the movie if it ever comes out. That is huge for me becuz I NEVER buy movies and NEVER see them twice ONLY if they really touch me and this one did and it is a keeper. I plan on buying Phillipe's book also. Can't wait until the english version of this film is out.
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I loved the movie but so interesting hearing the true version. He could easily have hidden behind the softened movie version but came out with the "no excuses" reality - well done .
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As unlikely as it seemed at first, this was a beautiful story about friendship, truth, and acceptance of what life hands you. Mr. Sellou has a gift of joy and he gave it freely. Always himself, without excuse, he described his life and the relationship best: He taught me how to read and I taught him how to live.
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