Top positive review
This is worth reading
Reviewed in Australia on 26 December 2021
There was one thing I did not want to read in this book, but it became inevitable - The End.
I have not been so captured by a book for years and, as I am not keen on biographical novels I rarely pick them up.
I like Will, always have and to get to know him more was fascinating because what you get is not what the man is about, that is his persona, not the real man. But the real man is still evolving and so what we get today may not hold true by tomorrow.
Mark Manson and Will Smith have written a wonderful book. It is so readable, it flows. There is so much more to Will than we would ever guess unless we read this, because, for all his loud noise and on going successful films, he is a very private man - although I bet he wouldn't agree with me.
I bought this book thinking it would last out my 'on-my-own-Christmas' but it didn't. It's now Boxing day and there is no Will any more.
However that's okay, I am surrounded by thoughts of his father and mother, his siblings and his grandmother, his children and his wives, every one of them alive and powerful characters, who crowd the pages along with all the show folk he works with, his friends and also people like Mandela, and Muhammad ali.
Success and failure and more success were great learning curves, as was love and becoming a father.
Above all the book has depth to it. As Will begins his journey we are allowed to tag along as he begins to peel back the restrictions in his own life and discover the real Will under it all. There is awareness there of things more profound than just surface living, there is truth, recognition and comprehension of life and what it's all about there, and for that alone it is worth the journey.
It does, of course, come to an end and I have one last question I have to ask, did Will survive his helicopter bungee jump? No one has ever said :)