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The Pursuit of Happyness — Chris Gardner


Chris Gardner’s former life was definitely one you wouldn’t want to trade lives for: fatherless—his father abandoned his family when he was a little boy; losing an uncle—who he considered as a father-figure; having a stepfather—eventually—but someone who beats you up in a regular basis; living through endless poverty; being raped by a neighbor. And when you think that these are too much for a single person to undertake—set aside your sympathies just for now.

At the course of his Pursuit to Happyness, Chris committed poorer choices along the way and was exposed to greater afflictions. Homeless, empty-handed—the story tells the struggles Chris and his son has to engage before reaping the fruition of success.

Inspirational, heart-wrenching, and empowering—this book has a lot to tell. Chris has unleashed his raw emotions and authenticity in this heart-tugging-real-life tale—just because you are not the stereotypical “flawless” protagonist, doesn’t mean that you can’t inspire people. Yes, it is a risky job to include your weak spots—people might misjudge and reject you (in Chris’ case, yes, it did)—but what is humanity without errors? So I guess, despite the “oversharing” in the telling and the foul language there is, the book was great because of its “pure honesty,” and that’s the very thing I loved.


Rating: ★★★★✰


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