GreyCore, Oct 2002, 16.00, 224 pp.
Growing up in a wanderlust household (from Gardner, Massachusetts to Boulder, Colorado to Central America, etc.) Paul Martin found solace in sports, but mostly stayed in trouble especially with his martinet father. Though he attended University of Lowell, Paul's life truly begins at twenty-five when he loses part of his left leg in a car accident. Instead of quitting, Paul resolved to prove to himself, his father, and the world that he had no handicap. He accomplishes his goal when he becomes a world champion triathlete, a Para-Olympic contestant, and most of all an inspirational speaker traveling to encourage youngsters to be all they can be rather than use rationalizations to alibi failure.
Simply put, Paul Martin is a winner and his autobiography is a powerful statement on what a person can achieve if they put their heart and soul into their efforts. The key to this nonfiction work is not the inspirational message that lifts anyone fortunate enough to heed its wisdom. Instead Mr. Martin never preaches, but always advocates going for the gold as an individual and even more significantly as part of a team because it is the accomplishment of reaching the finish line whether one wins the race or not because it is the feat that provides fulfillment.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner