4 out of 4 stars
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"The Not So Great American Novel" is a memoir by James. E. Doucette, Sr. When the author recovered from cancer his wife, Denise, urged him to write this book as part of therapy and a legacy for his grandchildren. He says that with each rewrite his memory improved; the therapy worked. His life experiences show that he is a strong character and he listens to people's advice and that is what has made him a successful businessman in life. He also gives us techniques to combat memory loss and for me that is informative.
What I liked most about the book is the authors mentality and positive attitude towards life. He says that he struggled with mild dyslexia. He did not realize that until in his late forties when his son Patrick was in grammar school. He knew he had a learning problem but he did not allow it to hinder his purpose in life. He worked hard and spoke to the right people in order to get what he wanted. He was so successful in the cable industry that he purchases five banks and several businesses. All his children are better informed and educated than him and that is what he is most proud of. He has three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.
I also liked how he had headings for each chapter, for example chapter two talks about his childhood memories and the next chapter has a different heading. Everything is clear but he is very descriptive. He describes everything in a detailed manner. If you are a patient reader who is curious about how other people live their lives, then you can definitely read this book anywhere and anytime.It is a simple but very informative book especially about life, Entrepreneurship and accountability.
I disliked how he treated his first wife, Diane, he divorced her because he was in love with Denise, his current wife but I am glad that he acknowledges that as a father he was MIA( Missing in Action) and how he sometimes made business decisions without further investigation.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book had a very few spelling mistakes. It took a while before I could come across any error. The book was well written, proofread and edited by two of the author's honorary nieces, who critiqued his writing and reawaken his desire to complete this book.The book is so interesting it also has pictures of his family,friends and life events. The pictures look old but they sure give you an idea of who the author is and where he comes from.
The Not So Great American Novel
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