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Sort order. Anyone, just don't read it too quickly. Before I started to write, I decided to check Randy Pausch's website for any updates on his condition. He had died that morning at the age of The book, and the lecture itself, now take on new meaning. For those who aren't aware, Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
The university has a tradition of inviting professors to give a lecture where they pretend that it is their last chance ever to talk to their students. What would you say? What wisdom would you impart? What are your lessons in life? For Randy, this was not a hypothetical question. With this revelation out of the way, he gave a talk about achieving your childhood dreams and enabling the dreams of others.
The lecture was so full of optimism, clarity, hope, humour, and sincerity that the YouTube video went viral and a few months later it was published as a book. Like the lecture, the book is earnest and straightforward. Randy tells a story then gives us the moral in case we missed it. He fills his stories with humour, occasionally laugh out loud. What comes across most strongly is his deep love for his wife and children who he knew he would be leaving behind.
It's hard to read this book and not have a good impression of the author. He seems like a great guy, someone that you would love to have as a mentor or friend.
I think this is reason that the lecture was such a success; his personality makes a watcher puts more stock in his words. This still comes across in the book, although not as strongly as in the lecture.
In fact, without seeing him on video and hearing him speak the words, reading the book can almost get a bit tiring. I recall thinking on a number of occasions: Some of the advice in the book, especially that which goes beyond what he said in the lecture, can be a bit tough to swallow.
Similarly, he often speaks of the great mentors, friends, and supporters that he has had through his life; not everyone goes to a university where the professors have such extensive connections to facilitate their student's careers. He never says to expect something for nothing, but does imply that anything you want to achieve is possible if only you work hard enough at it.
Advice like this sometimes crosses the line into sappiness and glurge. Fortunately these moments are fairly rare, and as long as you don't read the book in a single sitting which is quite possible then you probably won't feel too overwhelmed. Interestingly, shortly after I watched the last lecture on YouTube a student of mine asked me a similar question to the topic of the last lecture.
What do I consider my most important lesson in life so far? It is quite a difficult question to answer. I'm sure that I don't have the life experience to give a good enough answer, but it's quite possible that this student was bright enough to recognize that and learn something from the incompleteness of my relatively uninformed response. I hope that someday I can have the kind of perspective that Randy shows in the lecture and the book. We need people like Randy, who have a clear picture of what they have learned in life and who are willing to share it.
Regardless of whether you or I agree completely with his advice, what shines through is that this was a man who lived his life according to principles that he believed in, and that he thought others would benefit from hearing.
His life, lecture, book, and his death remind me of a quote from Dr. Howard Thurman: Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Even as he lived the last few months of his life, I know that Randy was truly alive.
View all 13 comments. My review of this book will not be popular, but I must be honest. I'm halfway through this book, and although I appreciate a positive voice, it's really not that interesting or helpful. If I could sum up this book in three words, they would be "yay for me". The author tells us how great his childhood was, then that he accomplished all his childhood dreams, got the girl of his dreams It's really not a book how to better your own life, as much as it him telling us how great his life My review of this book will not be popular, but I must be honest.
It's really not a book how to better your own life, as much as it him telling us how great his life has been. Yes I realize it was born from a lecture, but maybe every life, achievement, and event in this world doesn't necessarily need a book to be made about them. Having said all negative stuff, Mr. Pausch sounds like a good guy. View all 79 comments. View all 6 comments. Recommended to Books Ring Mah Bell by: The whole world. While this man has a 5-star attitude, I can only give the book two.
Five star attitude He refers to this as "an engineering problem" understated and true has months to live, tops. Has 3 small children ages 6 and under who will never know him. I applaud the great attitude he takes to enjoy the time he has left and focus on what matters. But is this earth shattering? Is any of this a surprise? View all 71 comments. Jan 18, William T. No doubt Randy Pausch was a nice guy. But this book is smarmy, self-indulgent crap--which is ok given the circumstances under which he gave this lecture.
But it is not worth reading. This is typical 's individualistic, unreflective advise on how to succeed in life. Alas, Professor Pausch does not realize that he was born white, male, middle income, in exactly the time in the 20th century where he could avoid confronting WWI, WWII, the depression, Korea, Vietnam, urban riots of the 's, the No doubt Randy Pausch was a nice guy.
Alas, Professor Pausch does not realize that he was born white, male, middle income, in exactly the time in the 20th century where he could avoid confronting WWI, WWII, the depression, Korea, Vietnam, urban riots of the 's, the civil right movement,and the women's movement because he was too young.
And he got to miss all of the problems of Bush 1 and Bush 2 in the middle east because he was too old and affluent. So he has the privilege and lack of social awareness to totally ignore the entire social context that provided and constructed his wonderful, if unfortunately short, life.
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Thus he leaves out the advise that was most important to his success. Have the pre-natel intelligence to be born male at the right time, in the right place, to parents who are racially privileged citizens of a superpower in ascendance during a brief window of peace at a time of expanding educational opportunity for middle-income working people in an expanding economy.
Then these individualistic platitudes, if you are also very, very fortunate, may possibly help--but then again, they may not.
Nice guy, sweet sentiment, save your money. View all 8 comments. Jan 20, Lola rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a father's love letter to his family.
It is beyond beautiful. View 2 comments. The Last Lecture is Randy Pausch's last hurrah- a final note to the world and his family about how to live, love and let go. It is beautiful. I think that we're all here for a reason and have stories to tell. How fortunate for us all that Randy had the time and ability to tell his particular story.
I recommend this book for fans of memoirs, computer engineering and heart-felt narratives. I listened to the audiobook and it was excellent.
Then, once I finished the book, I looked up Randy's actual las The Last Lecture is Randy Pausch's last hurrah- a final note to the world and his family about how to live, love and let go. Bring your kleenexes, friends. View all 5 comments. The Last Lecture, literally, for a professor with a terminal illness. Taken from a speech that he wanted to impart to his students, family, friends, - really everyone as he came to grips with his condition. This is about as emotionally charged and spiritually powerful as you may expect, the author is exploring territory that we all face, but he was at the edge of existence when he put this together.
Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had months to live, from this perspective he The Last Lecture, literally, for a professor with a terminal illness. Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had months to live, from this perspective he shares with us what is most important. Read it, discuss it, share it. I think this was one of those books where knowing the criticisms before starting it ultimately upped my enjoyment factor.
Randy Pausch, the author, was one of those people who became wildly popular in thanks to the internet.
And so they are encouraged to break down all t I think this was one of those books where knowing the criticisms before starting it ultimately upped my enjoyment factor.
Throughout it all, he remained very upbeat, he was charismatic and his nerdy persona was infectious. And so copies of the lecture spread and spread and spread over the internet and suddenly Pausch was an overnight sensation. Only in America. Given his shortened life span at the time of publication, I can understand why the book felt so rushed.
And many of the longer ones appear to be run-ons. About halfway through the book I realized that each chapter of this book reminded me of a blog entry. Then I realized that that may be some of the appeal to this generation, because as a piece of literature, this book is just…well…no. This book came highly recommended to me by my sister and my mom who love it. My mother-in-law has read this book and also loves it. Since discovering this site, I almost always scan some of the top-vote-getting reviews before starting a book.
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And in the case of this book, since there were so many glowing reviews, I found myself focusing on the negative ones if only because they appeared to be in the minority and the minority has always intrigued me. Most of the complaints had to do with: And realizing that this year, next year, five, 10, 15, 45 years from now, his children will still have a record of who he was and what he stood for whether I agree with all of it or not is an unbelievably beautiful thing.
My husband was a teenager when his mother died unexpectedly and years later, we still have items in our home that belonged to her: Having that connection to the past is a tangible reminder not only of what was lost, but of where we come from.
And losing a parent before their time makes that connection even more powerful. I hope that will be a tremendous source of pride for them. View all 10 comments.
The Last Lecture
I was first "introduced" to Mr. Pausch while watching the Oprah show in the fall. My father in law was in the hospital at the time, fighting melanoma that had metastacized to his lungs. Simply stated, I stopped folding clothes and cried so hard during that show. Soon after, the emails began to circulate with links to the last lecture on utube and I watched every link I got and cried even more.
I read all the internet articles and was touched every time. When I saw the book was coming out, I jump I was first "introduced" to Mr.
When I saw the book was coming out, I jumped on board and knew I had to read it. I never knew how emotional this book would be for me. The day August 15, Randy Pausch got the devistating news that his cancer had spread and there was nothing the doctors could do anymore, is the same day that we arrived at MD Anderson with my father in law, knowing things were not right. I came across this in the book and had to put it down for days.
This was just hitting too close to home for me. I finally was able to pick it back up and continue. About the Book The Last Lecture: The Legacy Edition Enhanced eBook The classic bestseller, now updated and presented as a truly immersive multimedia reading experience. New features include: Video clips from Pausch's lecture throughout the book, providing readers with the complete reading and viewing experience A new foreword by Pausch's widow, Jai Pausch The book's audio introduction read by Randy Pausch Brand-new photos Never-before-seen video with the book's coauthor, Jeffrey Zaslow Memorable clips from the ABC News special with Diane Sawyer Pausch's commencement speech to the Carnegie Mellon Class of An excerpt from Zaslow's convocation speech to the Carnegie Mellon Class of A new "Your Last Lecture" section with questions that help readers put the book's message into action in their own lives In this enhanced eBook Legacy Edition, readers will be able to experience, firsthand, the energy and love of life that made Randy Pausch so inspiring.
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Read the chapter that Randy cut from the book [pdf]. Read the full acknowledgements [pdf] that were mentioned on the last page.