Pros: Helpful life lessons, inspirational, motivational
Cons: Inevitable yet somber ending
I had seen the video lecture in college, and decided to purchase the book based on how much I loved the lecture. The book is incredibly inspirational, while maintaining the integrity of this man's journey. He is perfectly frank about his strengths, and about his character flaws, providing the comic relief that is sometimes needed. I wish there was more material in this book, in the sense that it was able to tell the tale of a full, long, life. His stories are fantastic, and supplement those already told in the lecture. There are also additional stories, that add to an overall "visual" of Mr. Pausch. A fantastic read, and doesn't take long to get through.
There were numerous lessons that could be taken away from this advantageous read. My favorite was when Pausch stated, "Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something." Pausch then continued on later and claimed that these numerous brick walls, or obstacles of life, are there to show us that we don't want the thing we are seeking enough.
It almost seems as this novel was the metaphorical box that encased Pausch's life. He not only provided the stories and people who were dearest to him throughout his life, but also the morals that every human being can use. Through his 206 pages of commentary, he essentially says, "This is my life, these are the amazing people I was priviledged to meet, and these are the lessons I learned."
It is evident that Pausch's objective is to not only convey his life through words, but also teach the reader some wise words. Upon completion of the novel, I asked myself, "How will I use this in my own life?" Therefore, he was very effective.
There is one misconception, however. The majority of the audience probably knows the outcome of Pausch's endeavors: his untimely death due to pancreatic cancer. Usually when readers are well aware of the outcome of a story, they expect the commentary to be rather boring. In this case, that is absolutely false. Pausch keeps the reader interested in every single page, as he makes the reader more and more intrigued as he reveals more and more about his life story.