- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Avery; Auflage: Revised. (7. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1592406386
- ISBN-13: 978-1592406388
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,4 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Februar 2012
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"The real Michael Oher just might be the first person with more sparkle and good looks than his movie counterpart...the book offers a harrowing first-person account from a child's point of view of the Dickensian conditions many American kids endure." — USA Today
"With the release of his memoir...Oher finally takes ownership, filling the gaps in the familiar narrative and somehow managing to make his journey from the streets to stardom seem even more amazing and compelling...I Beat the Odds is thoughtful and heartfelt, a young man coming to grips with an amazing journey that required the distance of years and perspective to fully grasp." — The Washington Post
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Michael Oher is an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi for the Ole Miss Rebels. He is best known as the subject of Michael Lewis’s 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and the even more popular 2009 film The Blind Side, in which Michael is portrayed by Quinton Aaron.
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Das Buch selbst beschreibt das Leben des Michael Oher als Kind, Jugendlicher und schließlich als NFL-Spieler. Die Kapitel sind äußerst kurz gehalten - man kann so im Schnitt mit 10 Seiten pro Kapitel rechnen. Michael Oher bzw sein Co-Author haben für das Buch sehr viel recherchiert und Aufzeichnungen vom Jugendamt und den Gerichten eingeholt, dies geht einerseits aus der 20seitigen Einleitung hervor als auch aus dem Nachwort des Co-Authors.
Michael Oher zeigt in diesem Buch die Probleme der Jugendwohlfahrt auf - und zwar aus Sicht eines asozialen Kindes bzw einer solchen Familie. Seine Mutter war/ist drogenabhängig und man sieht die Jugendwohlfahrt als Bedrohung. Erst im Laufe des Lebens kam Michael Oher dahinter, dass Pflegefamilien, Jugendämter etc tatsächlich zum Wohle der Familien und vor allem Kinder agieren. Ich fand, da ich selbst nicht in einfachen Verhältnissen aufleben musste, diese Ansichten und Eindrücke sehr interessant.
In diesem Buch wird auch mit den aus dem Buch und vor allem dem Kino-Film "THE BLIND SIDE" auftretenden Missverständnissen aufgeräumt. Im Kino-Film bekam man den Eindruck, als würde sich der junge Michael Oher schwer tun, Sachen zu begreifen. Selbst das Footballspiel musste der kleine S.J. ihm beibringen (Ketchupflaschen). Weiters bedurfte es dem ständigen Beisein der Nachhilfelehrerin. Wie gesagt, in diesem Buch werden diese Dinge widerlegt. Michael Oher war von jeher Basketball- und Footballinteressiert, er beherrschte die Playbooks der jeweiligen Teams wo er spielte auswendig und wurde dafür geschätzt. Im Film kommt das wie gesagt nicht so rüber.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
But He blesses the home of the just." -- Proverbs 3:33 (NKJV)
"So David said to Saul, 'Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?'" -- 1 Samuel 18:18 (NKJV)
If you are like me, reading Michael Lewis' book, The Blind Side, made you want to know more about Michael Oher. Or the movie caused the same reaction. This book adds another reason: Michael Oher is someone well worth listening to and learning from.
In this inspiring, practical book, Michael Oher speaks eloquently (with the help of collaborator Don Yaeger) about the odds against a homeless youngster making something of herself or himself, his personal goals while growing up and perspectives on his experiences, his advice for children in the foster care system now because they have been removed from their biological parent or parents, and suggestions for helping out youngsters who need a hand.
I thought that it was even more remarkable than his success that Mr. Oher wanted to candidly share his story as a public service to those who are walking in the path that he knows all too well from painful personal experiences.
Contrary to what some may think (and the book and movie may imply), Michael Oher is a smart, motivated guy who didn't develop interest in school work and gaining relevant study habits until he was in high school. Once he began to understand what he needed and got the right help, he caught up with great speed and success. How many football tackles make the Dean's list in Division I colleges? Well, Mr. Oher did.
I sense that Michael Oher is well on his way to becoming an important leader, someone who can teach us all how to assist and encourage youngsters who started off not with physical handicaps . . . but with neglectful parents as their handicaps.
Bravo, Mr. Oher!
Ich habe bereits den Film gesehen und liebe ihn. Ich beschäftige mich seit einigen Monaten mit Autobiographien und habe viele bereits gelesen. Diese ist allerdings mehr als gut. Er beschreibt seine täglichen Abläufe und Michael Oher lässt zu, dass die Leser an seinen Emotionen und Empfindungen teilnehmen.
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While this book is easy to read, it still packs a powerful punch. Perhaps the most touching chapter to me was the third one, entitled "The Day They Took Me Away," which describes what happened when Child Protective Services came to take him from his mother. This about that situation for a moment.
One theme that comes through loud and clear is that Michael Oher was very determined to make something of himself, and he wants to encourage that same determination in children at risk. As he stated, "Failure was simply not an option for me." This determination, by the way, certainly preceded his encounter with the very generous Tuohy family. Indeed, the famous movie scene where the Tuohy's silver BMW pulls up to him doesn't appear until page 136 of Oher's book.
In short, this book represents a very worthwhile addition to the earlier books and movie concerning Michael Oher's life. It has a lot of interesting material, and it packs an important, inspiring and profound message. There are even a half-dozen or so pages of photos, examples of some of the heart-warming (and heart-breaking) letters that Oher receives from kids every week, and at the end of the book there's a listing of children's organizations that readers may want to become involved with. If the plight of thousands of children in the child welfare system interests you, this book is worthy of your careful consideration.
Job well done Michael!
Michael also wants the world to know that a human being... and regardless of race... social status... or location... or non-location... of your home... that's what we all are. And Michael not only doesn't want you to forget that... he wants the world to know that even when a human being is at the bottom and homeless... and without a family member that ever said I love you... that special individuals can still have goals and dreams... **AND MORE IMPORTANTLY** the drive to do what it takes to reach those seemingly reach-less goals. Michael hopes to influence the seemingly down and out not to quit... and he wants to influence the more fortunate to look at every single person as a human being who with a little love and assistance can become a person of substance.
Michael wound up having twelve brothers and sisters from so many different Fathers he couldn't keep track of them. While he tries to emit love for his Mother the bottom line is explicit when he says: "BUT SHE SEEMED TO LOVE THE CRACK PIPE EVEN MORE. CRACK AND COCAINE WERE HER DRUGS OF CHOICE AND SHE NEVER SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO GET VERY FAR AWAY FROM THEM." Probably the most painful summation of his Mother was: "ALL SHE DID WAS GIVE BIRTH TO US. SHE WAS NEVER REALLY A MOTHER, NOT IN ANY RELIABLE WAY."
Michael always knew he could be successful in life if only given the chance, and he meticulously describes how he never gave up... and here is where I believe is the second most important reason he wrote this book in addition to trying to help the children that are out there now in the same circumstances he lived through... he does not like the way he was portrayed in the movie. In fact this last weekend February 12, 2011 I saw him interviewed on TV and he once again did not hold back his dislike for his movie portrayal. "I LIKED THE MOVIE AS A MOVIE, BUT IN TERMS OF IT REPRESENTING ME, THAT'S WHERE I HAD A HARD TIME LOVING IT. I FELT LIKE IT PORTRAYED ME AS DUMB INSTEAD OF AS A KID WHO HAD NEVER HAD CONSISTENT ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION AND ENDED UP THRIVING ONCE HE GOT IT." This book makes it obvious that this is a misrepresentation. One such example is that when Michael was in the fourth grade he was on the honor roll. It's also interesting that when Michael was seven years old he had an epiphany while watching Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns for their third straight World Championship. Michael (Ohers) then **KNEW-I KNEW-THAT SPORTS WERE GOING TO BE MY WAY OUT.** Michael can barely constrain himself when, as portrayed in the movie, he is supposedly taught how to play football by his young (through adoption) brother with ketchup bottles.
Throughout the book (and in the TV interview) it is obvious Michael wants to be... AND IS... A ROLE MODEL. He cares about the thousands and thousands of children stuck in an awful... loveless... directionless... life. This whole book is built around not forgetting these poor children are out there... and also cries out for help from the fortunate. There are even multiple pages where he lists organizations throughout the country that can be contacted to offer help.
Michael achingly states: "THE TRUTH IS, I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANY ONE PERSON I COULD LOOK UP TO WHEN I WAS YOUNGER--BUT I DID HAVE SOMEONE I COULD LOOK TO FOR HOW **NOT** TO LIVE MY LIFE: MY MOTHER."