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I Was Born Dead: A Memoir [Paperback]

David Rehak
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Book Description

Feb. 9 2009
In this highly personal travel story, Rehak tells us an engrossing and unique life history of being born overseas under the oppressive veil of communism, then escaping and growing up free in democratic Canada, living briefly in the conservative southern United States, and then making his home in the liberal atmosphere of Europe as an adult.

He recounts his whole life right from his baby delivery (which didn't go too well) to the present-day. Writing in the same casual way that he speaks, he especially likes to focus on all the weird, amusing, and humorous happenings of everyday life, and this book will tickle your tummy with laughter. You will also be deeply moved, as the author tells you about the great love of his life, the girl from Prague who forever holds the key to his heart.

Includes over 40 pages of photographs.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Feb. 27 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and Unique March 14 2009
By Gwendolyn Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy of Manners Jan. 3 2012
By Harry Rice - Published on Amazon.com
I managed to get a bound galley of this book w/synopsis. This book is one big quirky parody of certain parts of American and European culture. Oftentimes funny, at other times sad and moving, and always perceptive and insightful. First he must encounter and overcome obstacles and adversity as a little boy growing up in a new foreign country, Canada. Then he comes down to the United States to live with a family of fundies and confronts them with his moderate sensible self, showing how God's message is a message of love. Finally, as an adult, he returns to his homeland in Europe and finds the girl of his dreams, but when it's discovered that she has brain cancer, Rehak is faced with his biggest challenge of all.

A truly hilarious and ingeniously satirical memoir which will touch your heart and tickle your funnybone all throughout, transforming the mundane into the delightfully memorable. This is one of those books that stays with you and lingers in the mind for a long time afterwards..
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