“Good Grief!” by Alan John – A Book Review

When I saw the title Good Grief!, it reminded me of Charlie Brown of Peanuts comic strip. Peanuts has been and still is my favourite comic strip. Good Grief! by Alan John lives up to the title.

Alan John, the former deputy editor of The Straits Times until he retired in 2015, shared his life journeys touching intimately aspects of love, life and loss. He wrote humourously and candidly with his gift of the language. There is plenty of humour from the start go in the book. Alan John could see the funny side of living. One is not bored reading it.

He wrote with honesty and openly. It was so revealing that he had family issues to grapple with. Not always people can bare their emotions when it comes to relationships with different members of an extended family. Alan John did it so publicly in this book. It sets me thinking that those people without serious family relationship issues should feel fortunate and be thankful for.

Alan John is four years my senior and the materials he wrote were things I can identify and relate to. We are the baby boomers born after the Second World War. He lives life and I like that. This human life is worth living and to be kind to oneself and to others.

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