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It's fascinating how a man who knows that his days on Earth are numbered can actually approach his impending death with such panache! And in the process, he even manages to help the readers set a few ground rules for living life to the fullest. Randy Pausch had it all - be it a lovely family, a neat job, a wonderful life. Everything that a man could ask for! That's why it's hard to digest the cancer's attempt at playing spoilsport. I say attempt because even though cancer was out to put a full-stop on Randy's life, he made sure it served as a comma - not just in his life, but also in the lives of his loved ones!
This book is not about death, but it's about life. It's about living life the way it should be, and to make the most of the chances and the time we get in one lifetime. It's about staying alive even after death... it's about leaving a legacy!
Mr. Pausch's last lecture will surely serve as a first lecture for many on how to approach the remainder of their lives.
Hats off Randy!
We all know we have to die, but what if one day you recognize that you have less time than you think and you have lot to do.
That was Randy Pausch, a lecturer who just inspires you and forces you to introspect within, to find yourself and prioritize your life.
There would be a point in the book where you could feel bored but just flip a couple of pages and you are ought to be caught again by the book,
Not just because it's written beautifully but because it resembles the life of every other man, with only a difference that the persons it's talking about knows he is going to die anyway, leaving behind his three children( the eldest being 6 years) and a widow.
But as Randy said,"You cannot change the cards you are dealt, it's how you play the hand."
This book is certainly going to change the way you think and live.
And you are going Gift it to the people you want to get inspired by life.
I did it, I'm sure whosoever reads it will do the same.
I seriously doubt the sanity of those who have given this one a single star! A friend of mine gifted me this one on my 23rd birthday! I wish I had read it earlier. A book like The Last Lecture not only inspires you but also gives you a lot of courage and positivity while dealing with life. The quotes, the presentation, The pictures, the feelings made the reading an intense experience. Take a bow Randy Pausch.
P.S- Writing a review was a "head fake" here. All I wanted to write was the first line.
Randy Pausch was not a professional writer and this is not just another 'non fiction', 'self-help' book. He was a professor of Computer Science, Human Interaction design at Carnegie Melon university. He has worked with Google, Adobe, EA.
The title gives you a fair bit of hint what's this book about. It's common for American Professors to look back on their lives imagining they are going to die soon and deliver a lecture in which they tell the audience what matters to them the most and what they have learned in the course of living.
Well, Randy Pausch did not have to imagine he was going to die soon while delivering his last lecture. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and had only months to live while he was preparing for his lecture. So ironically his 'Last Lecture' was actually going to be his 'Last Lecture'. This is what makes this book a compelling read.
In this book he talks about his childhood and how he achieved his childhood dreams, he talks about his battle with cancer, about people who were important in his life and many other things that made him who he was.
The most endearing thing while reading this book is the absolute frankness and honesty with which he talks to the readers and his children through the book.
A very good book. Highly Recommended.
Its not a book ...it's more an experiment by a man keeping grim reapers at bay.
it portrays the small things of life that make it beautiful like the aroma of earth after first shower or chuckling of your child...
although I imagined how difficult it must have been on Randy knowing everything would end in such a short notice.
You must read it to revise the known fact ...what a gift this life is !
RIP Randy Pausch...you gave us a marvel!
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"The Last Lecture" begins with a promising start by introducing a professor who is about to die in a few days but is willing to share his life experiences with his students through his Last Lecture.
Somehow , i had expected this book to be motivating and inspirational but it turned out to be a mere autobiography of a common man who has lived a Simple life as we all do .
You tend to get bored after a few chapters, reading how he spent his childhood days, what his dreams were and how he somehow managed to fulfill them. After a point you start questioning yourself why am i reading "somebodys" childhood stories ..??
Atleast for me the book was over after 90 pages and didn't read further.
Randy was diagnosed with terminal illness and he decided to write the book for his kids to know what kind of a man their father was.
The book touches the various scatterred moments in the life of Randy, starting from his childhood, where he talks about his dreams that came true and what did he do to achieve that. Randy emphasizes the need to dream big, without restrictions, and preserve our childhood dreams. He lists the odd waysin which he fulfilled his dream of floating in zero gravity, and working as a Disney Imagineer.
The book also gives Randy's view on how parenting has become worse, and how the new generation is pampered to the extent that they stop seeing any need to become better. Once Randy complains to his mother during his childhood about something. Her mother's reply was "When your father was your age he was fighting the Germans." This attitude of not complaining has been repeatedly stressed in the book.
Being a professor, Randy also uses a considerable part of the book to give his views on teaching, idealising his football coach, who pushed him to his limits. He stresses on the need to let students work freely on new ideas. Randy also gives a glimpse of his personal love life, and how he met his wife Jai.
Overall, the book is a tale of a man who lived his life to the fullest, and has some wonderful lessons for today's generation. If you are a whiner, then it's a must read for you.
Bought this book after watching the last lecture by randy pausch. The book has a lot of chapters and each chapter has a lot of positives in taking
This motivates you everytime you read it.
A MUST BUY .....
Just fallen in love with the writer. He is the purest soul you'll ever feel in life. My eyes drenched in tears in many of the episodes. His love was so pure and divine. His purpose of writing this book is not only how to conquer childhood dreams but also giving lessons for his three children in his absence.
May God shower blessing to his soul. Thank you heavenly Mr. Pausch for writing this beautiful book.
" Don't tell people how to live. Tell them stories and they'll figure out themselves how to live their own. "
These were his lines. Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor of computer science was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with only a few months to live.
He decided to live these months to the fullest. The story is about how he goes about doing that. In the process, he gave one last lecture in his university which went viral and garnered more than 15 million hits on youtube.
My advice to you would be just this - Don't think twice to buy this book. And you won't be disappointed. :)