Review by rik17 -- And Then I Met Margaret by Rob White

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Review by rik17 -- And Then I Met Margaret by Rob White

Post by rik17 » 10 Jan 2018, 08:56

[Following is a volunteer review of "And Then I Met Margaret" by Rob White.]
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And Then I Met Margaret, by Rob White, is a non-fictional motivational standalone book. Originating from a humble proletarian family in a small town of America, Mr. White worked his way up to become a very successful real estate developer. Later on, he became a successful restaurateur as well. Mr. White then reinvented himself again, as a philosopher and author. Throughout his life, he not only tried to attain material success, but also endeavored to inculcate spiritual and philosophical enlightenment. The book reflects his lifelong efforts to realize and reinvent himself. Through a roughly sequenced structure, it highlights different experiences, trying to enlighten us, instead of putting forward a straightforward autobiographical narrative.

How does a person, not yet in his thirties, review a book which primarily presents the honest emotions of a human being aged twice than him and who has achieved a trillion times more than what he has? The first emotion that I felt when I started reading this book was that of absolute fear. I was overwhelmed. Then the gradually emerging feeling was of submission, as I tried to emulate the emotional nakedness with which Mr. White narrated his feelings. As I slowly tried understanding the minute emotions embedded within each experience, I realized that there is no ego functional here. The work never feels like a highbrow autobiography of a man who has achieved a lot. Instead it appears as if the author, with a critical eye, is writing about the experiences of a fictional character who is silly and vulnerable, who sometimes does things that almost erode his dignity. However the truth is that these are real experiences, which appear this much convincing only because of the narrator’s humility.

The feel of fiction arises from the nature and form of the narrative as well. The simplicity with which Mr. White portrays his worlds reminded me of the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez, especially of the way in which he developed the world of the Buendia family in the landmark novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The language is simple. The words are few, but extremely accurate. The images formed are crystal clear. Mr. White, just like Mr. Marquez, depicts alive and functional worlds with only a few lines. In terms of structure too, there are traces of fictional treatments. Each story has a set-up, a rising action, and a climax. Consequently each story independently is an extremely interesting read. Mr. White understands how small things can create differences. We often say 90% in order to indicate a large portion of something. Mr. White puts it as 90.5%, making it different and weirdly funny. He does not fear being weird in order to be funny.

The fact that the author characterizes extreme narrative grasp is clear in the first few pages itself. The beginning paragraphs of the introduction are highly enlightening, yet deeply conscious of their repetitiveness. As a reader I found the words "And then I met…" to be a relief after the forceful presentations of similar constructions in these previous few paragraphs. This was exactly the emotion that the writer endeavored to evoke. It is as if a sense of relief has been attained when we realize that every person around us can educate us. The feeling, like the stories, is mundane, yet special. The words "And then I met…" have never been this well earned.

The work feels special also because it endorses the act of breaking free. In countless movies and books I have observed that the act of detaching oneself from his or her tradition is perceived somewhat negatively. This is not one of those works. However, that does not mean that Mr. White has no feelings when it comes to his family and his background. He feels, because he made us feel, about his aunt, about his uncle, and about a certain shop of a certain Mr. Vitim, which too taught him something. This was an exotic world which was established purely upon trust and human interactions. It was a patient time when shopkeepers used to believe that their customers would put a penny in while taking a candy out. It was a world that the immediacy of the draped digital world can hardly fathom.

But for all its achievements in terms of creating environments and characters, this work is primarily about what we feel about ourselves. It is about knowing more through little and big incidents in life. As I went on reading, I started asking myself, why am I reviewing this book? Why do I even read books for that matter? Is an event just a time capsule, or is it the beginning of a chain reaction? As indicated in the book’s prologue, a magic will continue to exert its influence long after it is over.

For all these realizations, and for some more, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The only flaws in the work are the typos. Even these are very few. It is an inspirational book that teaches a lot of things. The most important lesson is that we live in a world full of potentiality, where everyone deserves importance and respect. This book belongs to that special category of works reading which we derive different meanings at different points of our lives. Therefore I recommend it to every person of all ages, because all of us share that one thing which this work really is about, life.

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Post by Siraje » 14 Jan 2018, 02:38

I recommend it to every person o all ages, because al of us share that one thing which this work really is about, life.

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Post by pinklover » 14 Jan 2018, 09:33

Siraje wrote:
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I recommend it to every person o all ages, because al of us share that one thing which this work really is about, life.
I definitely agree with you. The book is a source of inspiration especially to those who are hopeless in life. I learned many things on this book. Do likewise check mine as well, thanks.

Nice review. :lol:
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Post by N_R » 14 Jan 2018, 16:55

Thanks for your review -it seems that many people really love this book and find it motivational. Do you at all find that there is also an underlying focus on money, success, and happiness being linked?

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Post by rik17 » 14 Jan 2018, 23:29

pinklover wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 09:33
Siraje wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 02:38
I recommend it to every person o all ages, because al of us share that one thing which this work really is about, life.
I definitely agree with you. The book is a source of inspiration especially to those who are hopeless in life. I learned many things on this book. Do likewise check mine as well, thanks.

Nice review. :lol:
Very true. Thank you for your kind words.

Reading your perspective will be at the top of my 'to do ' list today, pinklover.

Thank you.

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Post by rik17 » 15 Jan 2018, 00:50

N_R wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 16:55
Thanks for your review -it seems that many people really love this book and find it motivational. Do you at all find that there is also an underlying focus on money, success, and happiness being linked?
More than money, I think it is more about linkages between material success and external inspirations derived from minute elements of life.

Excellent question. You can make a thread with it because the question leaves quite a lot to ponder about.

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Post by mandalee519 » 16 Jan 2018, 17:14

Your review offers great insight into the book's content. I love that you were very descriptive with what the book discusses.

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Post by BookishCreature » 16 Jan 2018, 19:52

I like that you pointed out the way the author focused on 'breaking free' from other people's expectations of you. White really built his whole career on doing what he thought was right, not what other people expected him to do. Great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 16 Jan 2018, 21:21

Knowing more about life through big and little incidents. How true! Very nice review. I also liked your concept of detaching oneself from tradition. Great comments on this book. Thanks.

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Post by N_R » 17 Jan 2018, 00:14

rik17 wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 00:50
N_R wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 16:55
Thanks for your review -it seems that many people really love this book and find it motivational. Do you at all find that there is also an underlying focus on money, success, and happiness being linked?
More than money, I think it is more about linkages between material success and external inspirations derived from minute elements of life.

Excellent question. You can make a thread with it because the question leaves quite a lot to ponder about.

True - very true.

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Post by rik17 » 17 Jan 2018, 22:58

mandalee519 wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 17:14
Your review offers great insight into the book's content. I love that you were very descriptive with what the book discusses.
Thank you so much for your kind words, mandalee519.

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Post by rik17 » 17 Jan 2018, 23:11

BookishCreature wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 19:52
I like that you pointed out the way the author focused on 'breaking free' from other people's expectations of you. White really built his whole career on doing what he thought was right, not what other people expected him to do. Great review!
Very true. Thanks a lot BookishCreature!

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Post by rik17 » 17 Jan 2018, 23:29

kdstrack wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 21:21
Knowing more about life through big and little incidents. How true! Very nice review. I also liked your concept of detaching oneself from tradition. Great comments on this book. Thanks.
Thanks a lot for your kind words, kdstrack. The act of detaching from tradition and subsequent linkages with the family is actually the aspect that I liked most about this book. Thanks.

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Post by pinklover » 17 Jan 2018, 23:46

nice review,. I love this book and it helps a lot. I am happy that you like it, too. the myth is not true but people still believe on it. one way that hinders success.
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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 19 Jan 2018, 20:20

Your review is interesting, as well as philosophical. You dealt nicely with the ramifications of Rob's actions in addition to the actions themselves. It seems clever of you to merge your commentary with the synopsis of the story itself. I enjoyed the read. Thank you.
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