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What if you risked everything to follow your dreams... and they didn't quite come true? Would you regret having tried at all? How about if those choices led to a life full of freedom and adventure? This is the story of one man whose 25 years as a struggling writer meant learning to accept near constant rejection while at the same time traveling the world on a shoestring anWhat if you risked everything to follow your dreams... and they didn't quite come true? Would you regret having tried at all? How about if those choices led to a life full of freedom and adventure? This is the story of one man whose 25 years as a struggling writer meant learning to accept near constant rejection while at the same time traveling the world on a shoestring and reveling in all of the wonders that life has to offer. It is a tale of love and loss, hopes and aspirations, and ultimately the realization that true happiness comes not from succeeding on someone else's terms, but in the ability to redefine success on one's own."Memoirs of a Starving Artist" follows the author's quest for meaning through art along with personal stories from an ex-pat life in locations all around the world, from Australia to Tahiti, Estonia to Budapest and beyond. The book also examines what it means to be a writer today with a look at the ebook revolution and the current state of publishing....

Title : Memoirs of a Starving Artist: An Itinerant Writer's Journey through an Unconventional Life
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ISBN : 18866674
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Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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Memoirs of a Starving Artist: An Itinerant Writer's Journey through an Unconventional Life Reviews

  • Mike Reuther
    2019-02-13 14:48

    This book will resonate with anyone who has tried to make some kind of a living as writer. However, it also introduces universal themes of work and happiness and the choices we make in life. Kenneth Rosenberg's story is one of odd, dead-end jobs and of moving around the globe where he experiences life while trying to become a published author. Rosenberg has plenty of interesting stories to share from living in many different places. He is, at various times, a merchant marine, a snowboard instructor, a deck hand. Lisbon, Budapest, the mountains of California and other far-flung places become temporary homes. Over time, he falls in and out of love, but never stays in any one place long enough to have a stable life. Nor does he think he really wants one. The task of becoming a real writer and supporting himself with his fiction is his true goal. Throughout this memoir, he questions if this dauntless pursuit to become a published writer, while renouncing good jobs and long-term relationships that might lead to marriage and a family and a more secure and comfortable life not unlike those of his contemporaries, has been the right path. A native Southern Californian from an upper middle class family, he finds it hard to make peace with his choices. We follow Rosenberg from boyhood to middle age and are privy to many of his innermost thoughts. The book reveals a sensitive man, more than a bit insecure, uncompromising in his relentless pursuit of a goal. He's painfully aware he's an outsider, a man who's felt the stings of rejection - from the publishing world and from an America focused on status and money. Is Rosenberg no more than a dreamer, perpetually stuck in adolescence? Readers of this engaging memoir can decide for themselves.

  • Ingrid Hall
    2019-02-24 15:49

    I don't know quite where to start with this review because Memoirs of a Starving Artist An Itinerant Writer's Journey through an Unconventional Life has generated a whole gamut of emotions in me, everything from mild amusement, to enjoyment to consternation to irritation. I suppose the fact that it has provoked such an extreme reaction from me could be construed as an indication of the author's skill and abilities and although I seriously wanted to throw my kindle across the room at times, I was compelled to read the book through to the end.The author's accounts of his global travels were at times very interesting, although some of his European adventures became a little predictable and samey and I did particularly enjoy his account of his second stint as a merchant seaman laying cable in the ocean (His attitude to work annoyed me on his first stint) I was also mawkishly fascinated by his inability/refusal to commit to long term relationships. Unfortunately the author chose not to delve too deeply into personal matters...Because we are both indie authors, I should have loved this book and maybe in a different life I would have done, however my main issue with the book is the fact that because we definitely come from different social backgrounds, I simply couldn't identify with or relate to the author and I have serious difficulty picturing this particular man EVER starving and I found his privileged background and throwaway, crass remarks a major barrier. For example at one point he states in all seriousness "...Almost anyone can be a lawyer with enough perseverance...." Not where I come from mister! I genuinely wish I had given this book to Lenora to review as I think she would have connected more naturally with him. She would have definitely been more appreciative of his travels than I was, and I think he may have ended up with a rave review.Enough of the negativity! Memoirs of a Starving Artist is a well written account of one man's quest to clock up enough frequent flyer points to set the world on fire with his writing...It is amusing. It is entertaining. Just be aware that depending upon your world view it might also irritate you beyond belief!

  • Anastasia
    2019-02-09 10:35

    When it comes to requesting a book to review there is always an uncomfortable level of uncertainty. You wonder if the book will be any good and/or if it isn't and you choose to be honest is the author going to put you in his or her cross-hairs? After a couple of those mediocre manuscripts you start to feel hesitant about signing up to review books, afraid you'll be submitting yourself to a round of self-induced torture as you attempt to plog through yet another badly edited piece of trash.Since I had already submitted myself to several of those "books" I was naturally hesitant when it came to signing up to review more and I was on the lookout for something that was a safe bet. I couldn't be 100% sure but the memoirs of a man who was trying to eke out a living as a writer seemed like what I was looking for (at least there was the high probability that it would be decently well-written).I am now 100% sure that requesting this book to review was a good decision. It is well-written, flows well, and will suck you in from the very first page. You will follow Mr. Rosenberg's journey from a self-assured college student to a man trying to find both meaning and income as he pursues his dream to be a writer. As someone who is also dissatisfied with society's definition of "success" and the course my life "should go" I found myself relating to his desire to not be confined and to chart his own path.Mr. Rosenberg's 25+ years working away at writing projects seem to have paid off as I could not find any spelling or grammar errors and the story flowed well and didn't hiccup. In fact my only complaint has nothing to do with the writing but rather how he seemed to be pretty self-centered when it came to some of the women he got involved with. When he looks back he appears to regret it, which I'm glad for, but there were several times I wanted to reach into the pages and give him a good shake (maybe even a slap).If you've ever wondered if the typical American life pattern (college, some excitement, then good job, marriage, kids, retirement, death) is really all there is or if you're cut out for it then this book is for you. And if you haven't, this book is still for you. It's both deep and full of adventure, you won't be sorry you picked it up.Note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Mercedes Flowers
    2019-02-10 11:35

    4.5 stars, rounded to 5. I could tell this book was more than a simple travelogue upon reading the title of the first chapter: "The Meaning of Life." But before that, even, in the introduction, Mr. Rosenberg introduces his work with a bold and unfettered honesty that is quite admirable. He lets the reader in on a few truths, including one in particular stuck with me: "However they go about it, what these novelists have in common is the belief that their insights are worthwhile" (3, introduction). In my opinion, Mr. Rosenberg's insights, found in this book about his struggles and successes rise above many others that I've read in a good while.That said, his preface can seem rather dark. And, in other places throughout the book, Mr. Rosenberg is unafraid of speaking frankly about the dark side of his life and chosen career path. But I believe that the book is a progression, a journey through his reality, showing his travels through a worldview that hinges on finding hope where you might not expect it. Time and time again, Mr. Rosenberg offers himself to his readers with a "take me as I am" honesty. This can be jarring at times (and I address that in the next paragraph), but in the end, it is distinctly for the best – through his rendering of his life, he teaches us (and I challenge anyone to veritably say that they couldn't find a lesson, wherever or whoever they are in their own lives) many lessons that apply to so many areas of life.The reason this didn't get 5 stars from me is both a blessing and a curse in ways: the emotions and memories behind the author's words is palpable. This is both an immense boon in allowing the reader to connect with him in what feels like a genuine way. The downside to this is that, in some ways, it's almost too personal and too honest in today's world of instant gratification, feel-good media. I suppose this is just to say that this book may not be for everyone, but those that do read it will reap myriad benefits.Best of luck to him in his life and work (especially in the places these two intersect).

  • Eleanor Gunn
    2019-01-30 11:39

    An interesting look into the struggles writers faced before the advent of indie publishing. I'm very impressed by Mr Rosenberg's persistence in the face of countless rejections from the gatekeepers of the publishing industry in the last 25 years. It was also lovely to read about his travels around the world and his efforts to assimilate into foreign cultures. However I found Mr Rosenberg's efforts to repeatedly justify his life choices somewhat tiring. He constantly discusses the superficial appearance focussed world he lived in, and describes his life as 'unconventional' because he chose travel and following his dream to write over financial security. I don't know if he realises that he is preaching to the converted - his readers are most likely to be people who have taken a similar route in life and so don't require repeated justifications and excuses in order to understand and support the author. My second complaint centres around Mr Rosenberg's beliefs on women. He repeatedly discusses his reasons for avoiding settling down - primarily he seems to think that a woman will only love a man who is able to provide her with security, a nice house, a nice car and children. I wish that in his travels he had discovered that women are capable of loving someone for their personality and their dreams, not just their car. Overall an interesting read, but a few irritatingly superior points of philosophy detract from the experience.

  • Mindy Magee
    2019-02-23 14:42

    This memoir is the kind of travel writing that makes you want to throw a change of clothes into a backpack and join the merchant marine or take off to Tahiti to surf, just two of the adventures the author describes in his journey through life. Along the way he describes his struggles to make a living as a writer, illustrating with clarity the difficulties faced in living a creative life. Be warned, if you are a struggling writer yourself, this book will fill you alternatively with both despair and delight. If you are not a writer, you will still enjoy the author's adventures and the perspective he gives into a life unlike those most people have chosen to live. Now I need to check out the rest of his books, particularly having learned so much about the effort and love that went into them.

  • Michele Long
    2019-02-01 13:32

    I received this book for free on the Goodreads Giveaway. As an aspiring writer myself, I enjoyed reading about someone else's journey and all the different adventures he had along the way. Does give you perspective on not giving up and also on looking back to see what a great life one has had, even if it defied all your expectations. It is my sincerest hope that this author finally gets the break he deserves.

  • Melody
    2019-02-10 11:37

    4.5 stars!!! One of the most honest books I have ever read about what it's like to be a writer in this day and age. I really enjoyed this book because I could relate to it. From having a multitude of jobs - some for the money, some for the experience - to trying to live on a shoestring, all the while hoping one day you'll be the success your parents wish you to be...yes, I and my closet full of unpublished stories can definitely relate. Thank you Kenneth!!

  • Armelle
    2019-02-03 14:41

    I have to be very careful when writing this review. It would be very easy to write something I'd regret later.I guess the best thing to say is that this appears to be a very honest (perhaps a little too honest) account of a man who refused to give up on his dream, even after his dream kicked him in the teeth for 25 years.But, oh....the attitude....

  • Grumpiestmonkey
    2019-02-20 14:29

    Great memoir on writingRosenberg may have struggled to find success as a novelist but he proves to be an adept memoirist. A must read for anyone who is struggling to balance the creative drive with the demands of everyday life.

  • S.D. Curran
    2019-02-20 13:33

    An excellent book that reveals the trials and tribulations of being a writer. A must-read for those who are going through tough times in writing and being rejected...