Sunday, April 28, 2013
Book Review - Once Upon a Gypsy Moon
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About the Book
Michael Hurley watched his world unravel in the wake of infidelity, divorce and failure. In August 2009, he was short of money, out of a job, and seeking to salvage a life that had foundered. Deeply in need of perspective, he took to the open seas in a 32-foot sailboat, Gypsy Moon. The story of his 2-year outward odyssey, deterred by rough weather and mechanical troubles, combines keen observation, poignant thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose.
Once Upon a Gypsy Moon also presents a rare and much-needed point of view on the familiar spiritual-journey narrative. It offers a star-crossed love story wrapped inside a rollicking good sea tale, but it also has something important to say to the reader about relationships, faith and disbelief, life and death, love and marriage, and what really matters.
About the Author
A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Michael Hurley has practiced law since 1984. He is the author of Letters from the Woods and several essays about "slices of life." He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan and three dogs. Together they have four children.
My Take on the Book
This book was a well written story that truly shares the depth of one man's fall and rise again. The story itself was inspiring and you can see the actual growth that the author goes through as he is aboard the Gypsy Moon. This book, while very personal to the author himself, also provides many parallels with many readers' lives as well which makes this book an even more compelling read. Through the book you see how the author dealt with HUGE issues within his life and how each of us as readers can as well. The author lays himself bare for the reader which is not always something you see in writing today. The author also uses vivid imagery and description to allow the reader to take the journey with him. This book and journey of the author is one that will stay with me for years to come. I can only hope to be able to have the ability to find clarity in my own life like the author has with his.
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