|Plot Summary of One Man's Leg|
GreyCore, Oct 2002, 16.00, 224 pp.
Growing up in a wanderlust household (from Gardner, Massachusetts to Boulder, Colorado to Central America, etc.) Paul Martin found solace in sports, but mostly stayed in trouble especially with his martinet father. Though he attended University of Lowell, Paul's life truly begins at twenty-five when he loses part of his left leg in a car accident. Instead of quitting, Paul resolved to prove to himself, his father, and the world that he had no handicap. He accomplishes his goal when he becomes a world champion triathlete, a Para-Olympic contestant, and most of all an inspirational speaker traveling to encourage youngsters to be all they can be rather than use rationalizations to alibi failure.
Simply put, Paul Martin is a winner and his autobiography is a powerful statement on what a person can achieve if they put their heart and soul into their efforts. The key to this nonfiction work is not the inspirational message that lifts anyone fortunate enough to heed its wisdom. Instead Mr. Martin never preaches, but always advocates going for the gold as an individual and even more significantly as part of a team because it is the accomplishment of reaching the finish line whether one wins the race or not because it is the feat that provides fulfillment.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of One Man's Leg|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- physical disability/sickness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- sports figure
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- in awe
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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