Less a lecture as much as a collection of essays. They're all worth the time, but none of them are "wow, I never thought of that" kinds of concepts.
Pausch's steady optimism in the face of terminal illness is the highlight of "The Last Lecture." Unfortunately, his life lessons generally consist of obvious and often trite axioms that are often used, seemingly, to occasion Pausch's self-promotion. While I didn't learn much of anything, I was bewildered by apparently overlooked paradoxes in his simplistic lessons. For example, after commanding the reader to ignore what others might think about oneself, he exhorts the importance of apology and of expressing one's appreciation of others through personal gestures of gratitude. To be honest, Pausch's not infrequent moments of righteousness are grating.
This is an advice book. Like thousands of other advice books it has good advice. That the author is about to die produces a warm sentiment. That he is self-patronizing is off-putting.
I am sorry that Randy is dying, but I find this book very self serving. I was very glad when I finished it. I was sick of hearing things I already knew--live your dreams, live for the moment, tell the truth etc etc.
He seems like a very bright, nice man with a wonderful family, but why is this a book??