Friday, October 17, 2008

The Last Lecture

Like Tuesdays with Morrie, this book is a collection of the parting words and advice of a dying man. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is, however, a bit different.

The book is in the first person, and though Pausch had help compiling it, it seems to come mostly from him. Tuesdays was from the biographer's perspective. Both books are about former professors, but Tuesdays is about an old man; The Last Lecture is the story of a man with three young kids.

The practical advice and enjoyable anecdotes in the book are what make it a winner. My personal favorite is Pausch's "First Penguin" award -- given to risk-taking students. After all, who knows what is in the water when the first penguin jumps in?

Short, funny, insightful. Worth a read.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed it too. I think all my kids should read it. I liked a lot of his comments, but the one I thought showed his lack of sociality was his comment about clothing -- maybe its a nerd thing.
    Mom

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