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When you are feeling lost, when everything you need to feel accomplished is out of reach, it is hard not to speculate about your value - as a human being - in this world. When you are standing in front of a mirror, what do you see? Are you kind enough, strong enough, clever enough? And if you answered "Yes" for all of those questions, there is still one more. Will there be at least a trace of "You" to remember you by, when there will be no "You"? That's what I thought while reading Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery.
Burn Zones is an autobiography and it's hard not to be intimidated by it. This is a novel about a man, who from a young age was not afraid to try something new. From ice cream sale to real estate investment, from cycling to becoming an author, wide range of opportunities someone couldn't even consider, chosen by one person seemingly on a whim.It is a well-written book. Looks like, the creator thought such a fulfilled life can only be told in style. I found many things to think about and not all of them are pleasant for me.
Despite the fact that this is not a fiction - at least at the core - when you read it, it feels more like an action novel: the flow is very fast. If you are wary to read an autobiography, I assure you, the protagonist is not at all conceited. He often makes jokes about his least favorable decisions. In addition, this book contains some solid advises regarding interpersonal relationships at work. However, there are more of those the author does not consider as "advice", but just lives by them: be kind to people, be persistent if needed, don’t give up. Burn Zones is more like a motivational speech, with a bit of salt and a great dose of confidence, colorfully told with self-deprecation and humor.
The book looks professionally edited: I could not find any mistakes, so it is really easy on the eye. The author's way of narration is not overloaded. Family anecdotes, people, you don't know, but who you already like, all those things make it enjoyable to read. But if you were looking forward to a book with historical references, straight line of narration, told with clinical detachment, Burn Zones probably is not something you should read. It does contain descriptions of historical events, but they are told subjectively from the author point of view. By content it can be read by anyone from young to old as it doesn't contain descriptions of violence acts or intimate scenes.
I'd like to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it for people, who are standing at crossroads, waiting for an inspiration. I hope, you will be able to find it in this book together with enjoyment.
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