Finding Fish

Antwone Quenton Fisher

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Summary

"Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for him self.

Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born-first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not to speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters

A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher's gritty yet melodic literary voice, Finding Fish is an unforgettable reading experience."

Author's Purpose

The author's purpose for writing this memoir was basically to tell people about his life and how he managed to become who he is today. Antwone Fisher also wrote this book to give out the message that you should never give up on yourself because it's you who can only change your own future, just like how he changed his.

Concepts, Principles, Techniques

A. Don't ever let great opportunities get away.

B. Bad things that people had done to you sticks with you forever; you can forgive, but can never forget.

C. The way you act reflects on how you were raised.

QUOTES

Passage #1

pg. 305

"You know, Fish, opportunity comes in life only a few times. And when it does, you gotta grab it."


This quote was a gift of advice given to Antwone Fisher by a prisoner named, Mario Gambio. In 1993, Antwone Fisher recieved a great opportunity to finish his story of his life, and have it put into a screenplay. Remembering this advice, Antwone Fisher took the opportunity right away, and is now a millionaire. I think the advice Mario Gambio had given to Fisher meant a very important life lesson. I personally find it very true that great opportunities like this only comes a few times in life.

Passage #2

pg. 69

"...child and brother like to urinate in waste baskets, closets, and bottles during the day.

This was false. Why Mizz Pickett made it up, I couldn't say."


This passage is an important part of the book. The reason why I think that it's important is because it proves that every time Antwone had done something very little wrong, Mrs. Pickett would beat him. During her visits with social workers, she'd tell and exaggerate to them what he had done making her look like the innocent one, and a very hard-working mother. Even though Antwone knows what she's saying is not true, he couldn't say anything because he was scared of standing up for himself against Mrs. Pickett and feels worthless due to his low self-esteem.

Greatest Impression

A section that had made the greatest impression on me was in chapter 7. In chapter 7, Antwone had joined the U.S. Navy, but had started off horribly as he got into fights easily for the smallest reasons or comments that he should have just let it slide. Antwone had gotten into so many troubles from getting into fights everyday, always getting yelled at by the chief, to the point where he had to get help from a Psychologist named Commander Lieutenant Williams. Antwone had let out all his feelings of despair and the darkness about his life to Williams. He was the first person to ever hear Antwone's story, and for the first time, Antwone finally had someone who was like a father figure to him. Antwone soon began to put himself back together, and the Navy became his family.

Something that Surprised Me

Something that surprised me in this book was almost everything that had occurred to Antwone Fisher. I was drawn in to each chapter I've read in the book. For the smallest reasons, he was verbally and physically abused by his foster mother. Left alone with his neighbor, he was also sexually abused multiples of times. I find all of these abuse very disgusting and surprising because I did not that people could be this cruel to children. It also came to my surprise that after living with the Pickett family for 14 years, Antwone's foster father still does not know his name. I was in shock that he still had no idea who Antwone was even after seeing him many times at the dinner table.

Book Rating

I would rate this book a 5/5 because the book was incredibly inspirational. Enduring so many abuse at a young age, and challenges throughout life, Antwone Quenton Fisher had managed to escape those nightmares and became a successful man. I find it amazing how strong Fisher is having to only depend on himself at such a young age and learning so many things about himself. No matter how much Fisher had gone through, he had never given up, and now has become successful regardless of his past. I think that people who had been abused before or, people, in general, should read this book because they will certainly be inspired, and learn something new.

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