Friday, August 5, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥: Stories from a Lifetime by Hugh Aaron

Release Date: September 27th, 2010
Publisher: Stones Point
Page Count: 288
Source: From publisher, via Romancing the Bookfor review
Stories from a Lifetime carries readers through a widely diverse series of life's peaks and valleys with poignant, clear-eyed vision and understanding that is only gradually gained across the course of a lifetime through endurance and honest appraisal of the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride.

These stories form a welcome, and increasingly rare, honest, grounded, and beautifully written collection that will touch nerves while sympathizing with what it means to be human.

What Stephanie Thinks: As a fan of memoirs, I enjoyed reading Aaron's short story collection that spans the soaring highs and times of his eight decades. Each of the stories are captivating and nostalgic in their own familiar way, and each of them has something to say about the human life.

I had trouble getting into it (and finishing it) because the style of writing, while flowy in almost a poetic way, is often redundant and confusing. I love the idea of how life is described via short stories, but the narrative voice just isn't for me. Aaron has a detailed knack of explaining occurrences, but nothing is particularly gripping or profound.

The book as a whole, is an interesting concept, so I am not completely disappointed by this one. Aaron is profound with memories and spins a lifetime of stories that captures his wise, loved voice.

Radical Rating: 6 hearts- Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back ♥♥♥♥♥♥