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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Bradley Good's 113 Days is the memoir of a successful businessman who got broken, losing everything and finding himself in tight places in Beijing as he becomes bipolar. Follow his story as he hits a devastating moment in his life, getting jailed for 113 days in Los Angeles County Jail. Will he be able to survive when his own father went down? It’s a story of how losing everything can lead to finding the most essential thing.
This is a book about grit, about facing adversity, and about what losing everything can mean. The author allows readers to see his vulnerability as he is stripped of everything, submitted to the harshest conditions. The story begins with a powerful reflection on suicide where the author evokes how his father took his own life and makes an allusion to Ernest Hemingway, who took his life too. One can’t understand why a man as gifted as Hemingway would commit suicide, and why a man like the author’s father, an intelligent man who graduated from medical school with an award, would do the same.
The prose is exceptionally good and perceptive, taking readers into the mind of the author and allowing them to navigate the emotional turmoil that follows him after his great loss. The narrative is focused and filled with reflections on life, on finding meaning, on survival, and on beating adversity. One has the feeling the author listened well to his pain and became familiar with it, which is why he trumped it easily. Bradley Good's 113 Days is written in an evocative style; it is thought provoking and enjoyable. While the prose and the storytelling skills of Bradley Good are exceptional, it is the message of this book that will move readers.