Nawras Douqa Douqa itibaren Juttada, Andhra Pradesh 531173, Hindistan
My philosophy professor stressed the idea that a student, in particular, should never waste her precious time compiling useless information. I’m not necessarily advocating that Ehrenreich’s messages “on (not) getting by in America” are useless, however, I could have been spared by simply reading her evaluation at the end of the book, rather than suffering through her banal narrative. This book did nothing for me. Instead of having time to prepare for my senior year (seeing as that Ehrenreich implies all upcoming workers need to take their education seriously) I was forced to read a book that took the most basic lesson of my schooling – take life and schooling very seriously – and deformed it. There is so much potential for a book like this, with such a noble cause: to expose the truth. However, it is dull, pointless, and simply repeats lessons I have heard many times.
Lewis first wrote about pain in The Problem of Pain. Then his wife died of cancer. He said later that he knew nothing of pain before--it's joys and sorrows, growths and stagnations--and that A Grief Observed was him mantra about pain. It is the real, honest, raw, true expression of a person who has seen great loss, nearly lost faith over it, and gained again a sincere faith in God. I recommend to everyone since life is hard and pain, inevitable. It offers a valuable lesson about the process of grief and resting in grief and finally, rising up from the ashes of grief.