I didn't find the author's purpose for the book, how to succeed despite hardship, clearly stated until "afterword" on page 281.
|Ticket to Ride, an interesting autobiography billed as a "how to succeed" book, contained too much unneeded material that to me got in the way of the author's stated idea for the book. Milt Gross photo.|
The autobiography itself I found contained too much "extra" material, which I thought detracted from Ticket to Ride's stated message. The story was easy to follow, but it contained too many extraneous details. Some of these details were unclear, such as from page 224, "Sometime in the spring of the following year, my Aunt Betty apparently contacted my Aunt Pat and told her what had happened to me."
As I read that sentence, I wondered what he meant "had happened" to himself, since by that time in the book, much had occurred. He didn't explain or even mention in or near this paragraph, to what he was referring.
The story itself was interesting, but it was similar to many stories from many young mens' past. I did not see the "how to succeed" emphasized in most of it. One narrative which was different than that most men could tell was of a terrible accident, which severely damaged the author's hands while he was working in a plant. I did understand that his healing and activities following that accident contained the theme of the book.
At the end of the book, Hussey is running for Congress. We, the readers, don't know how that turned out -- success or failure -- because he finished the book before the conclusion of his political run.
This self-published book I felt was barely edited. For example, the following, "It happened on the final turn of her last run and wound up in the hospital with lacerations on her face and neck." My cynical question is, did "it" end up in the hospital? Or was it "her" that ended up in the hospital? I hope Seawall Books, Inc., P.O. Bpx 194, North Weymouth, MA 02191 (www.seawallbooks.net ) edits its other books better.
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Milton M. Gross Copyright 2013
Editor's Note: This particular book was read and reviewed after receiving a free copy from a publicist.