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The Last Lecture

 

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“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
—Randy Pausch

The book I would like to review is The Last Lecture, written by Randy Pausch.

This book is about how to live the life in an optimistic way. Randy Pausch, as we all know, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had just a few months to live. In that short time, he decided to give a last lecture in Carnegie Mellon’s University. He obviously knew that it would be the last one and focused the lecture on achieving childhood dreams. The book is based on this “Last Lecture”.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the fact that rather than being a speech for the erudite people who assisted to the lecture, Randy thought of it as a legacy to leave behind for his children.

I would recommend this book to anyone because you can learn a lot of useful things you can put into practice in your daily life and became a better person.

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Lo mejor
It is about living.
The optimism.
The things you learn will be useful in your life.
Lo peor
You realised that life is really cruel.
 
Autor:
Randy Pausch
Publicación: 2008
Nº Paginas: 224
 
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A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave—“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”—wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
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Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.
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In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
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fox
29/05/09 (23:11:59)
i would like to read this book too.
     
terecuhe
28/05/09 (15:45:16)
The book seems to be very interesting, or at least originally enough. I like to read it, another for the summer.