Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meshing of two worlds

Malaika by Van Heerling

This book is about a man seeking to escape the typical harshness of the American lifestyle. He secretes himself in the wilds of Africa and settles into a life of root beer, and hand rolled cigarettes. That is, until a lioness enters his life.
I understand how life can descend into chaos and the only way to bring sense seems to be to end it. To end a relationship, quit a job, move from home appears to be the answer to desired peace. The author astutely observes, " matter how far you go, the past is just a thought away." The hero of this tale is rebuked for feeling, he has lost that which is most precious. His friend points out that when you choose to leave that which you love it is not loss, when that which you love is taken, that is true loss and cannot be overcome in this life.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with subtle and not so subtle life lessons. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a fresh perspective and direction in life.

Van Heerling

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