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Friday, 20 August 2010
One Way Journey


Dean Whitbread published this book at the beginning of the year, and I have now written a review of the book on Amazon which I thought I would share here:

The author has recently ended a long-term relationship, and travels to Egypt with a sense of adventure and possibly escape. As is typically with travel stories there is both an inner and and outer journey in this book. Besides for being a well written and crafted story, Dean brings (as always) an intimacy to his writing. I like the fact that he does not shy away from uncomfortable feelings and experiences, but describes them clearly, as they are. In this way his story touches you.

The climax of the story is a remarkable dream. In this dream I sensed that “the other” could also represent himself. Or it could represent me, or you. I appreciated this sense of connectedness.

The famous poet Rumi wrote:
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about
language, ideas, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense. “

I first discovered Dean’s writing (and other talents) in 2004, via his former blog. I have been an internet “fan” of his since then.

(I made a minor edit to the original text). My review is on the Amazon UK site. I found there is another review by someone else on the Amazon US site.  For some reason the sites don’t seem to share reviews, which is a bit silly.  Or perhaps the reviews aren’t displayed together because this review, by Matthew King of London, is for the eBook edition of the book:

Dean Whitbread takes you with him on a spontaneous holiday that had its own plans for him.
This honest and personal travel tale explores the transformative power that travel can have on our lives.
Written in open, warm and enjoyable style that gives you a feeling of intimacy and sympathy with the author, this short story will leave you reflecting on those journeys to foreign lands that somehow changed your own life.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2010 at 01:59 PM
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