Saturday, June 12, 2021

Review of This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

Book can be found in:
Genre = Novel
Intriguing Connections = Some Kind of Friendship

Short Description

Elaborate Description

Richard’s life is full of routine.  So routine that life got tuned out.  Then one day he got a health scare.  His routine was broken.  And so was forced to participate in life.  To engage with people.  Richard starts helping out people.  So much so that he becomes known as the Good Samaritan, for the help he provided.  Along the way he meets very interesting people who help him understand how to engage with others.  But Richard also helps them.  A cycle of positive reinforcement.  What he learns from others helps him reconnect with his son.  A moral lesson of the story is that even if you cannot help yourself, you can still help others.  A book containing psychology and philosophy while experiencing a variety of strange events.

This is a very immersive story.  Making the case that the expectations that people have of others does not mean that the expectations meet reality.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book
•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•Who is Anhil to Richard? 
•Why did Richard help Cynthia, the crying lady?
•Why does Richard need move temporarily?
•Why does Richard have a hard time connecting with Ben?
•Why does Richard feel it is hard to connect with Nic after learning who Nic is? 
•Why are people not what Richard expected them to be? 

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  9780670034932
Pages to read:   372
Publication:     2006
1st Edition:      2006
Format:           Hardcover

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          4
Overall           5