Review by Bookmermaid -- And Then I Met Margaret

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Review by Bookmermaid -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by Bookmermaid » 07 Jun 2018, 23:46

[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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I grew up on the tenet of “Garbage in, Garbage out” a saying that emphasized the importance of exposing oneself to uplifting messages and stories. And Then I Met Margaret by Rob White is about “Treasures in, Treasures out” as it focuses on individuals maximizing their potential by understanding their mental capabilities and making conscious choices to choose goodness over wrongdoing and challenging paths over fixed paths.

And Then I Met Margaret comprises stories of personal transformation in twenty-one chapters. It begins with a litany of famous inspirational authors and speakers such as Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, and Brian Tracy. White allows the reader a vista into his many influences as he openly shares his active pursuit to live a meaningful life through his attendance of spiritual retreats or inspirational seminars. Then, the author surprises the reader by listing many ordinary persons with little or no status that he met who taught him invaluable lessons. The stories are independent. However, the retold memories collectively chronicle Rob’s growth from boyhood to manhood. They share the intimate details of some of his failures and transformational actions that created fulfillment and success in his life.

Frequently while reading this book, I encountered a line, which I wanted to copy and paste to add to my favourite quotes such as, “If there is any magic genie in a bottle, it’s the magic that is ‘bottled up’ deep inside each of us,” and “Kind acts demonstrate the height of love.” White’s stories are simple, touching, unique and unpretentious.

My favorite chapter is “Shakespeare in My Left Pants Pocket.” When I saw the name of this chapter, I mused at the strange title. As the narrative unfolded, I could easily relate to the gut-wrenching decisions the narrator experienced. Another chapter that I particularly liked was "Running with the Bulls," as it celebrates the importance of an easygoing nature. The narratives convey Rob's Joie de vivre and appreciation of the power and frailty of human relationships.

Rob White’s memoir deserves a 4 out of 4 stars rating as the book successfully captures twenty different life experiences in vivid detail. The first person narration distills the precise measure of information to create brief and engaging narratives. The informal, conversational tone and the minimalist storytelling style of Rob railroad the reader to absorb more of his life stories. I could not pinpoint a single narrative I disliked, or I felt was contrived. However, I was alarmed at the opening lines, which I felt was too close to the opening lines of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I was hard-pressed to detect editing errors that hampered the smooth flow of the text. Hats off to White for this treasure. I would recommend this text particularly to male and female audiences from ages eleven and upwards.

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