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Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite
Gene Twaronite’s My Life as a Sperm: Essays From the Absurd Side is part autobiography, part journalistic reporting, and part opinion. Some of these essays were previously published in magazines and literary reviews. Put together in this anthology, they nicely sum up a life rich with experiences that range from turning a forest into a private nature reserve, through the folly of youthful alcoholic indulgence in the company of the lovely Miss Maine, to presenting Kurt Vonnegut and facing a classroom of severely disturbed children without previous preparation. Also here are Twaronite’s excellent reasons for not having children, his early experience with religion, and his highly amusing discussion over how to choose a god from the many available. He also tackles the troubling problems that arose after his wife’s accident, how they both coped, and he gives us the confidence to face the same situation when it arises.
But it is, no doubt, Twaronite’s open-minded and humorous treatment of life that delights us most. Some might not agree with his point of view, his conclusions, his musical taste, or his building choices, and there might very well be people who might not like where his questioning mind takes them. But no one can deny either his logic or the pleasure to be had from reading the words of someone who refuses to march with the crowd. Twaronite’s writing style is easy and unpretentious; his irreverence and ability to laugh at himself are a treat and I couldn’t help wishing I could meet him, sit down and spend the afternoon in his company.