Number of Pages: 310
Publisher: Wandering Man Books
Release Date: March 26th, 2015
“A child of a hoarder—an outcast growing up amid shocking squalor—finds purpose in this vivid memoir.
Broken, alone and buried in a house full of junk and shame, Eddy Gilmore takes the “normal” route out—institutionalized learning. But when college life fails to offer meaning, the young man reaches a turning point, a point at which he abandons social norms, abandons the status quo, and strikes out on his own.
A lifetime of adventure packed into a nine-month “gestational” period awaits: face-to-face encounters with wildlife, a devastating monsoon, a magical winter near the Canadian border, the kindness of strangers.
Gilmore’s quest for knowledge and wisdom through experience, adventure, faith, and books will engage you as the author comes to fully experience the world for the first time.”
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to give a big shout-out to the author, Eddy Gilmore, for kindly giving me the opportunity to review this memoir. Thank you!***
When I was asked if I would like to review this memoir, I immediately knew that my answer would be yes. Eddy Gilmore’s life story is incredibly eye-opening and inspiring, and I could not pass up the chance to experience his remarkable journey through his writing.
This memoir is split into two parts: Gilmore’s unpleasant childhood and his journey to finding happiness and a way to recover. I like this deliberate choice in formatting because it offers the reader a more clear view of how the author views his own life. Such an important aspect of self-reflection is having the awareness to be able to pinpoint when something significantly changed, and this memoir acts as a perfect example of that.
The horrors that Gilmore experienced and endured growing up are unbelievable. Not in the sense that I don’t believe they happened, but that I cannot even begin to fathom what it must have been like to live such a life. He describes the condition of his house in a detailed way that made me want to gag more than once. As someone who likes my surroundings to be clean and organized, living in such a revolting environment would be absolute torture! Gilmore’s recovery from his past is truly inspiring and utterly impressive, especially when considering what his life was like growing up. Instead of continuing with college he takes some time off to go hiking and explore the world a bit, and the progress he makes is remarkable.
Gilmore’s writing makes his story even more touching and meaningful. The honesty and authenticity of his writing stands out sharply with each word. He comes right out and says that although his mother and other people from his childhood may read his memoir, he is determined to tell his story both truthfully and fully. There’s an overwhelmingly feeling of genuineness to this memoir, which I will always greatly appreciate and find endlessly refreshing.
My one main “complaint” I have is that it tends to drag on a bit, especially the first half. One can only read so many unpleasant descriptions before inevitably wondering: “So… what happens next?” After a while it was clear that he had an undesirable childhood- at that point, I was ready to learn how he grew to accept his past and live a happy, full life. Although his thoroughness and attention to detail is impressive, I think it was a little too much at times.
Overall, The Emancipation of a Buried Man is an eye-opening, inspirational, and worthwhile read. It focuses on a subject that is not discussed enough, and tells a tale that reassure us that no matter what our pasts may be, we can always work to accept them and move forward.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) 3 out of 5 smileys
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!
Thanks again to the author for the review copy!
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