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Randy’s Last Impression
March 22, 2010, 12:56 am
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Randy Pausch, the author of The Last Lecture, wrote the novel after he found out that he had terminal pancreatic cancer. He decided to give his Last Lecture to his students at Carnegie Mellon University. His lecture was called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The book’s chapters are basically the principles about making our dreams into realities discussed in Randy’s speech. Randy’s book wasn’t about dying, but about really living.

I thought The Last Lecture was an excellent novel. Although the story was very sad because I could tell that Randy really was going to die and that his children and wife would have to live without him, all of the things that Randy mentioned were great principles to live by. I think Randy was an extremely strong-hearted and courageous person to accomplish so much in the last several months of his life. I am also sure that his wife and children are glad that Randy had a chance to prepare for leaving the world and to prepare for his children growing up without their father. The children will always appreciate being able to watch and listen to their father give his Last Lecture whenever they want. Abruptly losing their father would have been much more difficult than the scenario that actually occurred.

I would recommend anyone to read this novel unless they have a depression issue. I learned the hard way that reading this book after attending a funeral is not a good idea.


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