The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

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Basic Information

Page count: 224


Why did I read this book: When I heard about the book and the back story that goes along with it I became very intrigued. At the time I was reading a book about navy seals and was painfully slow developing so I said, why not give this a shot.


Would this be a good last read: Yes, because I hate to read and this book was actually pretty good.


3 things I liked about the book: 1. I love the stories and the openness to share his life and his experience. 2. The life lessons in the book and the teaching that you can get from this book are incredible. 3. I really liked the variety of topic in the book and all the different components.


2 things that I disliked about the book: 1. For someone like me who is very ADD it was hard to stay focused and keep up with the book with the changing of topic. 2. The author himself is very smart and sometime it can be hard to keep up with his vocabulary because it can get a little out there at times.


1 connection I made to the text: It was hard for me to relate to the text because I'm not a 40 year old man dying of cancer but, one connection I made was the relationship he had with his dad I have a similar relationship to my dad. Both of them were willing to do little things to make there sons happy.


Favorite quote from the book: pg 110 Randy the main character was getting ready to leave for his honeymoon but his boss made him stay on call while away this is the voice mail he set up for anyone who called. " Hi, this is Randy. I waited till I was 39 to get married, so my wife and I are going away for a month. I hope you don't have a problem with that, but my boss does. Apparently, I have to be reachable."


Who would I recommend this book to: I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read and wouldn't mind hearing some life lessons from a wiser man with some great stories.


Question: How does the choice of language communicate this message? The language used in this book is very formal and educated, the author is very educated and intelligent. I think it communicates a formal tone.

The Last Lecture before his Death