Alex Trebek, The Answer is… Reflections on My Life, a review by Di

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The Answer Is… Reflections on My Life
Alex Trebek

304 pages
Published on July 21 2020 by Simon and Shuster

After watching Alex Trebek on Jeopardy for almost 40 years I felt like someone I knew had passed away the day he died. He was in our living room many, many nights. He helped me develop my love of trivia.

Right from the outset of the book, I knew I would enjoy it. His writing style is very conversational. I can almost hear his voice. The chapters are all short, he is reminiscing about individual occurrences in his life. He goes through his life sequentially. His dry humour comes through at all times. And sometimes he’s corny. He is not afraid to laugh at himself. And, he is a humble man.

I love his stoicism. I love his thirst for knowledge and understanding in so many ways, he reminds me of my father.

Great photos throughout the book, of his wife, parents, and children. A view into the private lives of the Trebeks.

The subject matter of chapter is in the form of a question:  What is…? It’s a great tribute to the game. There are all sorts of interesting facts about the game. Naturally, there are chapters devoted to each, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer. There are a couple chapters about other contestants also.

The last few chapters are less upbeat. He accepts that he is nearing the end of his life and is not afraid.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a book review or my thoughts on Alex Trebek. I’m glad I read it and I believe I read it at the right point in time.

RIP Alex

Finished: November 15, 2020



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