Finding Fish reads like a great work of fiction, moving me alternately to tears and laughter, sorrow and joy, and making me forget at times that the story is astonishingly true-Denzel Washington
This book is about the life of Antwone Fisher. He was raised in institutions from the moment his single mother gave birth to him in prison. It is a really good story and the movie was excellent.
I really enjoyed this well written book. I never saw the movie. It has a real feel good ending.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Born in prison to a single mother, Antwone Fisher was a ward of Cleveland's foster care system until he was taken in by a family who subjected him to verbal and sexual abuse throughout his adolescence. At 17, Fish escaped, only to suffer the hardships of life on the streets. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he found a "family" of his own. But before he could make peace with his past, he had to discover who he really was and where he came froman inspiring, fascinating journey that lead from the mean streets of Cleveland to the highest echelons in Hollywood.
Antwone Quenton Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment his single mother gave birth to him in prison. As a foster child, he suffered more than a dozen years of emotional abandonment and physical abuse, until he escaped and forged a life on the streets. And just as his life was about to hit rock bottom, Antwone enlisted in the U.S. Navy - a decision that would ultimately save him. There, he became a man and discovered a loving family he never had. Through it all, Antwone refused to allow his spirit to be broken and never gave up his dreams of a better day.
True story inspired motion picture Antwone Fisher, directed by Denzel Washington. NY Times Bestseller, gripping memoir
This book is a biography written by Antwone Fisher about his life growing up in foster care and overcoming the abuse of his childhood to be a successful man. A though-provking book. Antwone Fisher writes beautifully.
This is one of the most moving personal memoirs I've ever read. I've recommended it to everyone I know. Many years ago, I worked at Sony Studios where Antwone was a guard - most of us called him Fish. He was kind and professional and we were all thrilled for him when he was able to quit his job to become a professional writer. The whole studio lot buzzed about it. To make the fairy tale ending complete, years later when the book was being made into a movie, directed by Denzel WaShington, Derek Luke, who was working as the clerk at the studio gift shop and was friendly with Fish, managed to get himself in to audition with Denzel. I could hardly believe my ears the day I stopped in the gift shop and asked where Derek was - only to be told he was playing the title character in the Denzel Washington movie. It's such a great Hollywood story and it couldn't have happened to 2 nicer guys.
This is a book that is a true story. It will make you cry and see how well someone can turn around a trult bad situation.
I really loved this memior. I truly felt as though I was sitting next to Mr. Fisher listening to him talk about his life. The narration was perfect, detailed, true, and from the heart. While suffering so much negativity from literally, birth, Antwone recounts all of his abuse while focusing on the good in the world. He so easily could have been a "statistic" that fell through the cracks. Antwone pushed through among self-realizations and optimism with barely any guidance or positive influence. He hung on to every word of hope that WAS offered to him througout his life and cultivated into a beautiful human being. He truly illustrates how it doesn't matter where you come from...it's where you're going and how you get there.
EDIT: I watched the movie as soon as I read the book. As ALWAYS- the book was much better. As I love Denzel Washington, the movie was excellent, but they are still two different animals...(the adaptation was not as detailed, and some things were added/left out for a purpose, im assuming) READ THIS EVEN IF YOU SAW THE MOVIE!!
A great tragic story of a young boy "falling through the cracks " of the system.
Story revolves around a young boy who was raised until his mid-teens in institutions and abusive foster homes ends up joining the navy and is raised by the family that he created for himself. This is a really inspiring memoir.
Great read about a boys journey through abuse in and out of foster care and onto his life.
I enjoyed this book. It's very touching. It takes you to the very bottom of human existence and brings you back up giving you hope.
Difficult read due to content. Very good. If you are like me & enjoy watching the movie after you've read the book, this is a good one for that. The film stays pretty much in line with what you've read.
About Antwone Fisher and how he overcame everything his life threw at him.
This could have been a depressing book but Fish gives you the power to keep the faith.
Interesting and eye-opening memoir about a young black boy thrust into the foster system. It chronicles what is wrong with the system.
This book was good i guess.