on 28 February 2013
The Frank Sinatra song goes, "It's oh so nice to go travelling, the camel route to Iraq...but it's oh so nice to wander back'. The philosophy that wanderlust for some isn't necessarily all about escaping from one's real life but in order to be more comfortable within our skin and live more acceptably in ourselves alongside the roles, personas and responsibilities the world demands of us is the theme of this travelogue. The writer reflects on his angst and on the multitude of ways it is possible to be a unique husband, father, breadwinner and the importance of remaining true to oneself amidst all these demand. The book is really well written, easy and entertaining. As a travel book it doesn't give us much about the places he visits but then the book is about his own journey.Readers with an inking of awareness in themselves that travel feels not so much about escaping but about being able to free our own selves so as then to be reconciled to being all those roles and personas our domestic world requires will find the theme of this book resonates.The writer doesn't explore an answer - and the point may be that the answer, unique for us all, lies within. But the reader closes the book reassured that in feeling the way they do, they're far from alone.