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Is "An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth" Really For a Fiction Reader?

A review on "An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth" by Chris Hadfield. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.

 

I choose to read and interpret the text An Astronauts Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield. My goals were to explore the text from a different perspective and to make another text from a different point of view. I am very proud of how specifically targeted my goal. With me having read the book, I decided to make a review that my audience would enjoy.

 

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An astronaut's guide to life on earth was mainly about Chris Hadfield's journey to becoming an astronaut. It included his challenges and personal experiences in other words a biography of Chris Hadfield. I think people who like fiction books would not particularly like this book and there are 2 reasons as to why.


The first is that the book is plain and does not include as much action and drama that are usually more common in fiction books. Like in chapter 12 soft landing he just talks about when he comes back to earth, how the landing was, and how he recovered from it. “Returning to earth was a fairly gentle experience, but Soyuz landings are famously rough: high g-forces, heavy vibration, rapid spinning and tumbling, all funnelling down to a brutally jarring thud on the unforgiving Kazakh plains.” This would be one of the few examples of the action you would get. It is not as exhilarating as the one in fiction books.


The second is that it is realistic and includes all the good and the bad that Chris Hadfield faced in his life. In chapter 6, Chris Hadfield's friend died in a tragic plane crash, which led him to experience some serious grief. “I flew back to Bagotville for the funeral service, where I played his guitar and sang “This Old Guitar,” which we used to perform together. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had to practice singing it a hundred times, at least, until I was able to get through the song without breaking down.” This shows that life will take things away from you that you love the most. Life also throws some good stuff like when Chris Hadfield made space oddity with others and posted it. ”I went to bed, I quickly checked online to see whether anyone had watched it yet. I was shocked. There had already been close to a million hits.” Therefore, fiction readers won't find the climax and ending they are exactly hoping for, which is this world filled with drama and over-exaggeration. Overall, fiction readers read looking for an escape from reality whereas non-fiction readers, read to be prepared for the reality of life and to learn.


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