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
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!!
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.
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.