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4.0 out of 5 stars Gently uplifting and inspirational fable, 1 Dec 2013
This review is from: Smiling the Moon (Paperback)
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The 'life as a journey' metaphor is hardly an original one and comparisons between this and Coelho's The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream are inevitable. Lawrence does, however, succeed where (in my humble opinion) Coelho didn't quite manage it, in bringing a certain freshness to the genre and 'Smiling The Moon' can certainly be appreciated on several levels. If you enjoy "there-and-back-again" tales of journeys that take you from cosy homesteads, to camp-fires in the wilderness and unknown dangerous travails where legends are made, to return home wiser and fulfilled, then this should appeal. If you wish to plumb its hidden depths for karmic wisdom, then there is plenty to explore here too.

Set on the mythical - and somewhat mystical island of Bracka (as an aside, I wonder if this was inspired by the lovely island of Brač, where I spent a wonderful holiday a couple of years ago?), the tale unfolds around the journey of Wode - a "gnoseer" (wise man/shaman/healer and all-round good egg) and a young runaway - Geeter, who becomes his apprentice and companion. Wode's walkabout is his way of exorcising his inner demons after the death in childbirth of his beloved wife. Geeter too has his own troubled back-story. Together, through various tasks and dangers, they forge a powerful friendship and discover a new purpose in life.

If your own spiritual beliefs preclude you from reading about karma, reincarnation and such, then Smiling The Moon is probably best avoided. If you are an adventurous soul, who loves a good yarn, memories of which will stay with you for a long time, then give it a go and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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