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Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning

Douglas, Kirk

ISBN 10: 068484415X / ISBN 13: 9780684844152
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1997
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269pp. B&W illus. Index. Very minor wear, otherwise Fine hardback/Fine DJ. Signed by Kirk Douglas on the front flyleaf. Bookseller Inventory # 14248

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Title: Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: SIGNED by the author

Edition: 1st.

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With the simple power and astonishing candor that made his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman's Son, a bestseller, Kirk Douglas now shares his quest for spirituality and Jewish identity - and his heroic fight to cover some crippling injuries and a devastating stroke.
With the narrative skill that has made him a successful novelist, Kirk Douglas not only takes the reader through his own near-death experience but tells the story of his stubborn struggle to make sense of his own life, to come to terms with the reality of death, and to answer the "big questions" that eventually confront us all: What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Who is God?


Born Issur Danielovich to a poor family in Amsterdam, New York, Kirk Douglas changed his name and identity, rocketing to fame as one of Hollywood's great macho actors. But in the 1990s, the eighth decade of his life, Douglas was transformed by a number of tragic incidents that forced him to heed the voice of little Issur that still resided within him. This frank, smoothly written autobiography, which somehow manages to be warmhearted, pompous, and moving all at the same time, picks up where The Ragman's Son, Douglas's earlier memoir, left off. In Climbing the Mountain the actor turned philosopher talks about the helicopter accident that killed two younger men while leaving him alive, the death of his friend Burt Lancaster, and the debilitating effects of a minor stroke. All of these incidents caused him to reevaluate his life, to acknowledge the voice and integrity of the Issur Danielovich he left behind, and to return to the Jewish faith. Climbing the Mountain is the book of a real survivor, a man walking the path of old age with dignity, thoughtfulness, and humor.

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