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You Changed My Life Paperback – July 10, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book as was the movie. Very inspiring story about overcoming bias and love for fellow humans.Published 6 months ago by Rose Thompson
Gives one hope in the goodness of people, absolutely loved it.Published 8 months ago by Theresia Fischer
I saw the movie and then read this book. Very glad I read the book. Really gives a three-dimensional perspective to the transformations brought about through an amazing friendshipPublished 19 months ago by Sandra Lyke
Amazing life story written so that it truly keeps the reader's attentionPublished 22 months ago by SharB
Very moving and touching story, with quite a few funny moments and a lot of Parisian scenery (if you're in to that).Published 22 months ago by Edward C. Rosenthal
I really enjoyed it. Great history, it's hard to stop reading it. This book complements the wonderful movie "The Intouchables".Published 23 months ago by SERGIO MOTOMU SATO