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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published August 12th 2015
Whoopi on Whoopi
Ms Goldberg's published work "Book" reads like a series of personal notes written directly to the reader, espousing Whoopi's point of view.


She makes no apologies for any of her ideas and beliefs, but makes her statements as she sees fit. She also makes no claims for her writings to be a piece of literary works or an award winning novel. She simply shares her own values and opinions on a wide variety of topics. She moves from one subject to another in a very abstract manner. She swings from the hilarious to the thought provoking and will then move across the spectrum to serious and sometimes utopian wishes for her fellow beings.

One example of this is her discourse where she introduces her chapter with the statement, "We live in a time of no real consequence". She sees a need for greater self reflection and for the wider population to take full responsibility for their own actions, i.e cause and effect, not because of any religious notions, but more along the lines of the old adage of it takes a village to raise a child. Indeed she insists "most man-made religion is built on fear". She punctuates her book in a provocative manner, includes outrageous and often hilarious anecdotes into the mix, giving us an insight into the mysterious workings of the mind of Whoopi Goldberg.

Her comments come hard and fast, touching on serious topics as well as those that are often seen as taboo for general public discussion, and of course she uses her self-depreciating humour in many instances to impart her knowledge and personal views and experiences.

Her writing style is somewhat disjointed as she moves from one subject to another in her collection of chapters and probably wouldn't win her many, if any, literary awards. However, when these excerpts have been absorbed by the reader, it is quite likely that he or she will pass this book on to others as I have also felt I must share Ms Goldberg's story.

From her insights on topics ranging from euthanasia to presidents, to farts, one is left thinking "well, that was one hell of a ride". Somehow I feel certain that Whoopi would be happy to have made such an impression.
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Why? A very interesting read
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