My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir

My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir

Donald M. Murray / Oct 14, 2019

My Twice Lived Life A Memoir In an extraordinary memoir that skillfully negotiates between the fierce candor of a war veteran and the quiet sensibility of an artist Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe columnist Donald Murray div

  • Title: My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir
  • Author: Donald M. Murray
  • ISBN: 9780345436900
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an extraordinary memoir that skillfully negotiates between the fierce candor of a war veteran and the quiet sensibility of an artist, Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe columnist Donald Murray dives head first into aging, a subject that is often only whispered about, stereotyped or, even worse, ignored Turning his penetrating journalist s eye for observance and revelaIn an extraordinary memoir that skillfully negotiates between the fierce candor of a war veteran and the quiet sensibility of an artist, Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe columnist Donald Murray dives head first into aging, a subject that is often only whispered about, stereotyped or, even worse, ignored Turning his penetrating journalist s eye for observance and revelation onto his own life, Murray ventures back through his seventy plus years with an unsparing honesty and clarity that age has afforded him Born to God fearing Scottish parents, Murray grew up with little than a handshake from his mother and a solidly constructed lack of confidence in his abilities and intellect A sickly child with no siblings, he had only solitude to grow on a lonely meal, but one that fed his imagination and his talent for sketching out the subtleties of life that have made his columns so beloved From his struggles to put himself through college and his vivid experiences as a paratrooper in World War II, to his shaky acceptance of himself as a writer and his survival of immense personal tragedy, Murray addresses issues and emotions that society has long deemed taboo for men of his era feelings of inadequacy, grief, family dysfunction, and most importantly, the indignities of age But as he courageously sheds light on the difficult aspects of growing old, he discovers that there is joy abundant in it than he ever imagined Whether he is relaying a war story or his poignant ritual of listening for his wife s breath each morning, Murray never shies away from a truth no matter how uncomfortable it may be Propelled forward by the love of his work, a quiet devotion to his family, and an unceasing commitment to understanding his place in the world, he is an elegant reminder that the drive to live fully does not end at retirement In his hands, aging is adventurous terrain, full of possibilities and unprecedented insight a time that we spend much of our life fearing but, when reached, bestows upon us unexpected gifts.

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    1. This is great, typical Murray. The book opens with Murray's heart attack at 62 or 63, from which he recovers well. He had retired early at 62 and writes here about how he never regretted that decision and what he has done in ten+ years since then. The memoir is organized thematically, not chronologically, so it focuses on a number of themes or issues. My favorite chapters/themes are Work, The Not-So-Good Old School Days, and Fatherhood.


    2. “My Twice-Lived Life,” an enjoyable book written in essays format by a surprisingly endearing author, who invites the reader to get a personal insight into his private world, and to partake of his experiences, good and bad: toxic parents, poverty, educational challenges, war, the death of a child, health issues, such as cardiac failure and old-age incontinence, and perhaps the real focus and subject of the book, aging and death. I was surprised (and impressed) by the author’s apparent well [...]


    3. Thanks to Paula Deidrich for reminding me about this lovely little memoir by the great Donald Murray which I read years ago in a class with Brenda Miller Power. We had a phone interview with Murray in the class and I remember telling Brenda after "I think I'm just a little bit in love with Donald Murray." I was 32 he was probably 70 (sigh). This is a lovely writing memoir


    4. Eloquent. There were numerous places where I stopped, reflected, and reread because of the power of the words on the page. His take on how his teachers taught him how to write and how he had to break those rules once he became a real-world writer, spoke volumes to me.



    5. Donald Murray, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, writes this memoir with great candor, and at the same time, great sensitivity. He writes of rediscovering who he is and what is important to him as he looks back on his life. It is a book that those of us who are getting older can appreciate and identify with. I found it very touching and insightful.


    6. An old guy tells the realities of getting old. Interesting and helpful. I'm at the age where I'm thinking about the end of my life and what that might look like.



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