4 out of 4 stars
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The unpredictable nature of life is a well-known fact. Proverbs and adages from various tribes and eras describe this grim reality. It catches up with us all every now and then. It is an inescapable reality. The book, Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands is an autobiography of Jorge P. Newbery. This book is worth its salt.
As a young lad, Jorge is quite industrious. He is up and doing and always on the look out for new job opportunities. When he finds one, he moves in smartly, and that was how he was able to purchase his ice cream tricycle at the tender age of 11. Encouraged by his parents, he moves up the ladder of success. At 14 years of age, he had saved up some few thousands in the bank. Jorge turned his attention to real estate. Needless to say, it was a massive success. He was able to turn hopeless, dilapidated apartments into thriving homes. Then, he bought woodland meadows, a large complex of 1,100-unit apartments. Then, life began.
Burn Zones is a book of ten chapters. Its narrative is fluent and easy to understand. The sequence of events is totally believable. Although it seems the author had no desire to be humorous, my interest did not wane because his story is captivating. At some point, I was close to shedding tears because the scene described struck a chord in me. Early in the chapter, the author gave a reasonable explanation for choosing burn zones as its title.
Specifically, I love the fact that the author did not seek to hide his flaws. He was very open when narrating where he went wrong. This can help readers avoid such pitfalls in their lives. It was pleasant to discover that pictures were also included in the text. They made the story come alive. I was able to see the author's honesty when I compared his pictures when life was sweet, to his pictures during the worst of his burn zones. The only shortcoming I observed is the lack of humor. A little humor would have added more spice to the story.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I found no flaw of any kind in this book. It's editing was professionally done. Knowledge seekers who wish to learn from the experiences of others would find this book to be a treasure, but happy-go-lucky fellows might find it to be unrealistic.
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