Review by Ever_Reading -- And Then I Met Margaret

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Review by Ever_Reading -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by Ever_Reading » 25 May 2018, 06:13

[Following is a volunteer review of "And Then I Met Margaret" by Rob White.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Mark Haddon once said, “Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” And Then I Met Margaret did exactly that for me: it listened. As I read the book it felt like Rob White was speaking directly to me and helping me make sense of the many confusing events that have taken place in my life.

In 21 chapters, White talks about life-changing moments he has experienced in his seven decades of living. And, in the most beautiful way, he pays homage to people, or "gurus" as he calls them, who have each taught him very important lessons. Lessons that have and continue to help him succeed despite the challenges he faces.

The astonishing thing about the book is that a lot of the gurus Rob mentions are ordinary people. For example, Peter, who sells peanuts at a park teaches Rob the importance of actively choosing life over death. Some of the gurus are not even human! Like the Spanish bulls of Pamplona that make Rob realize the beauty of living in the moment.

White did well to write the book in the first person because it made me feel like I was taking the journey with him. By the end, his failures had become my failures and his victories my victories. And most of the lessons he learned and the realizations he made, I now embraced as my own.

And Then I Met Margaret is a unique work of non-fiction. I love that the author speaks about his failures as much as he speaks about his successes. This aspect makes the book realistic and relatable. I honestly felt like an old friend of mine was telling me the story of his life.

Also, Rob White narrates the events of his life so well, the book almost reads like fiction. White’s way with words held my attention throughout the 185 pages of the book. There were a couple of grammatical errors but nothing a little editing cannot fix!

I give the book 4 out of 4 stars. I have no reason to give it a lower rating because I had a good time reading it and I learned a whole lot.

This book is perfect for anyone looking to improve himself/herself or aspects of his/her life. My greatest takeaway from the book is that life is always teaching. We just have to choose to listen and to learn.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 26 May 2018, 19:20

I saw this as the book of the day and was somewhat torn about reading it. I have to be in the mood for a self-improvement book. Your review has convinced me this needs to be the next self-improvement book I read. Excellent review. Welcome to the review team and love your profile pic :)

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Post by Brittany J » 27 May 2018, 00:35

I too, found Rob White to be an excellent story teller and felt it was very conversational like an old friend telling a story. He really shows what can happen if we just make the effort to truly listen to others.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 27 May 2018, 02:43

kfwilson6 wrote:
26 May 2018, 19:20
I saw this as the book of the day and was somewhat torn about reading it. I have to be in the mood for a self-improvement book. Your review has convinced me this needs to be the next self-improvement book I read. Excellent review. Welcome to the review team and love your profile pic :)
Please do read the book if you can, it'll be worth your time! And thank you for the welcome, I'm having a good time on the team so far :D
BTW Nick Wilde thanks you for the compliment :wink2:
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Post by Ever_Reading » 27 May 2018, 02:45

Brittany J wrote:
27 May 2018, 00:35
I too, found Rob White to be an excellent story teller and felt it was very conversational like an old friend telling a story. He really shows what can happen if we just make the effort to truly listen to others.
I couldn't agree with you more Brittany!
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Post by dtb » 27 May 2018, 10:11

Thank you for a good review. I was curious about this book, and you answered questions that I had.

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Post by alisonedgee » 27 May 2018, 10:30

good review, i looks forward to reading this one

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Post by gen_g » 27 May 2018, 12:03

Thank you for the detailed review, it seems like an informative and fascinating read!

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Post by Ever_Reading » 27 May 2018, 12:24

alisonedgee wrote:
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good review, i looks forward to reading this one
Thank you :D I hope you enjoy reading it!
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Post by Ever_Reading » 27 May 2018, 12:26

gen_g wrote:
27 May 2018, 12:03
Thank you for the detailed review, it seems like an informative and fascinating read!
That it is, my friend. Thank you for your reply :wink2:
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Post by SABRADLEY » 29 May 2018, 23:04

You did a great job capturing the essence of this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 30 May 2018, 00:06

SABRADLEY wrote:
29 May 2018, 23:04
You did a great job capturing the essence of this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.
I really had a great time reading the book. Thanks a ton for your comments :D
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Post by Dolor » 12 Jun 2018, 04:09

I had read great reviews on this book but I was not able to read the whole book. Yes, life is full of lessons to learn. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this book. Thanks for sharing your views.

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