Monday, July 11, 2011

My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life: An Anti-Memoir, by Adam Nimoy

My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life: An Anti-Memoir
My Rating: 4/5
This is a wonderfully honest and heartwarming book. Adam Nimoy is the son of Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Spock). But this book is not about growing up as his father son; rather, it is about being a father and maintaining a good relationship with his children while going through a divorce, battling a marijuana and alcohol addiction, his own relationship with his father (there are few and vague mentions of this) and finding a job. 

The book is never dark or gritty or filled with lurid and scandalous details, it is simply the author learning to be honest with himself. The book is comprised a anecdotes (sort of chapters) lived by the writer whose main theme is that of accepting to move on with his life. The book is a bit self-absorbed but it is honest in its writing and feelings. It is obvious that the writer has not worked out through all of his "angst", even at the end, but it is something he is trying to do.

The style of writing does seem young (adorned with Nimoy seeming to have the mind of an adolescent in terms of women) and like that of a starting writer. It is disjointed and without any clear timeline, which I did not mind that much. The book reads like a journal and it may be just that: a series of anecdotes Adam Nimoy wrote for himself and decided to publish. I was not expecting much when I got this book. I chose it because of the title (it was a bit ingenious). Still, I enjoyed the book. It was easy and fast to read. 

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