Running from the Mirror – Review
I should start off by saying I don’t read a lot of memoirs. So I am by no means an expert of critiquing them. So I will simply give you my views as someone who reads a lot, it’s just not memoirs.
Ok, now that we’ve got that little tidbit mentioned let’s jump into it. The beginning of Running from the Mirror was difficult to read. Not because it was poorly written, but because the story was so heart-wrenching. Author Howard Shulman takes us past the politeness of mere acquaintances and takes us into his inner circle as a most trusted confidante.
He bravely bares his soul to anyone fortunate enough to pick up his book. With each new page, we aren’t simply reading a sugar-coated rendering of his life story. We are taken into the trenches where we relive his life alongside him. Feeling and seeing everything as though we were living in his shoes.
This poignant memoir was masterfully crafted from beginning to end. The writing was skillfully done and the editing polished it to a high sheen. I hate to spend time discussing the technical aspects of a book (usually I prefer to discuss the plot and characters and such) but this book was so flawless that I felt I had to at least mention it.
The story will grip you from the very first page. There will be times where Shulman’s recollections of the anger and rejection will leave you breathless with indignation, wishing you had been there to set things right. You will find yourself clinging to each happiness and success right along with him. You will hope and plan for the future just as Howard does.
You can follow the evolution of young Howard as he grows up into a young man and learns lessons we may yet have to learn ourselves. The adversity he has overcome is truly remarkable. You can’t help but cheer him on with each turn of the page.
His revelations about forgiveness and letting go are all something we can learn from and apply to our own lives. This book is eye-opening and worth every moment spent reading it.
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I’ll give it