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I Was Born Dead: A Memoir Paperback – Feb 9 2009


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Feb. 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441468641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441468642
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,539,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...so very unique and unusual. I haven't seen a book quite like it before. -- Book Review Journal

Young Adult memoirs are expected to be the next big thing in publishing, and this YA memoir makes great reading... -- BookLore

While the words paint the story perfectly, it is only enhanced with the pictures that are seen throughout the memoir. -- TeensReadToo

I think this memoir should be celebrated as a unique, off-the-wall chronicle.... Rehak holds a reader's attention and makes one ponder on what he would do in the situations that Rehak came upon in his life travels... I really enjoyed this book... it reads great. -- Paul Kyriazi, Hollywood director and audiobook producer

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David Rehak was born in Czechoslovakia while it was under communist rule.

While a child, Rehak and his family decided to escape to the West. He grew up in Canada and now lives in the Czech Republic. In his memoir, Rehak tells the story of his life, starting from birth up to the present.

Rehak uses humor to lighten up the mood of his tough life story. While his tale doesn't have the perfect happy ending, the reader is taken through the whirlwinds - the ups and downs - of a man who survived, no matter what the cost.

While the words paint the story perfectly, it is only enhanced with the pictures that are seen throughout the memoir.

Reviewed by: Steph
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary and Unique March 14 2009
By Gwendolyn Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Reading David Rehak's new book is like looking into his soul. It is written as though he is speaking to the person reading the book, and the personal photographs he has included make the book even more personal. It's as though David has physically opened himself up, extracted all his thoughts/memories and somehow formed them into words that so aptly describe all his feelings.

He makes fun/light of himself as well as everyone else he mentions in the book. No one and nothing is spared - all events are told with some honesty and a whole lot of irreverence. Some of the events (like the sojourns with Pastor Cal ) have been "verbally enhanced" for a fun read. Well, at least most of the book is fun. Then, close to the end of the book, a love story unfolds. The ending of the book, as well as the love story, is very powerful and poignant.

I really like this book a lot - honest, funny, interesting, heart warming, etc. And in a way it is so very unique and unusual. I haven't seen a book quite like it before. Reading it is like listening to someone talk and spill their guts out about everything - very easy casual read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 18 2009
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
David Rehak was born in Czechoslovakia while it was under communist rule.

While a child, Rehak and his family decided to escape to the West. He grew up in Canada and now lives in the Czech Republic. In his memoir, Rehak tells the story of his life, starting from birth up to the present.

Rehak uses humor to lighten up the mood of his tough life story. While his tale doesn't have the perfect happy ending, the reader is taken through the whirlwinds - the ups and downs - of a man who survived, no matter what the cost.

While the words paint the story perfectly, it is only enhanced with the pictures that are seen throughout the memoir.

Reviewed by: Steph
Born dead ought to be a description of his writing"talent" April 26 2011
By Sharon Levenson - Published on Amazon.com
So this is the lifestory of the writer of that awful garbage book"Did lizzie Borden axe for it"...Written in the same amateur,soporific style as the Borden opus,this book puts one to sleep after only a few pages...and that is quite a feat given that according to Mr.Rehak he's led a very eventful life,and continues to do so...Why is it i wonder that so many people feel that the world is just waiting to hear thier boring lifestories?Even as fiction this volume stinks.Please Mr.Rehack,stop writing.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Started out good Nov. 24 2009
By L. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
This book caught my attention right away. I really like the style used to write the memoir. However, after several pages of good reading the writing becomes quite vulgar. I rarely quit reading a book so I gave this one a fair chance, but the subject continued to get worse. I wouldn not recommend this book.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to read... Dec 14 2009
By Melissa Galligan - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I don't normally give reviews unless they are good; in this case, however, I purchased the book because of the favorable reviews it received. Mr. Rehak is funny and insightful, but I found the book so poorly written that it was difficult to read. I think there is a story in there, somewhere, but it appears to have never been edited or even proof-read for spelling and grammatical errors. I applaud anyone who is courageous enough to put his or her story into words, but care should be taken to present the story in a cohesive, readable manner. If you can wade through the rambling story and get through the mistakes in the book, Mr. Rehak does have some humorous tales and, as I said, is quite insightful.

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