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Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man's Yearning for Redemption by [Hurley, Michael]
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Poignant without being maudlin and spiritual without being sanctimonious...A striking memoir of personal discovery. (Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews)

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Michael Hurley, an experienced attorney and former professional sailor, returns to the sea to give us a thought-provoking memoir of a man's yearning for redemption and renewal in the wake of infidelity, divorce, and failure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455529338
  • Publisher: Center Street (16 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOW9QR2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,292,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it a lot. 4 Nov. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A marriage not finished. A voyage not finished. A faith not finished. Isn't that what most of our journeys are like. I can relate to this memoir more than the story of someone who sails around the world. I do enjoy those stories of completion too, but I have had more adventures closer to those described in this book. The philosophy interwoven throughout this book is as important as the story itself. If you can't relate to that, you won't like the book.

But, I loved the book! I have never gone through a divorce, but I have thought about it. I have never sailed to another country (well, Canada), but I have cut a voyage short when I realized the completion wasn't worth the cost. I have also spent many hours contemplating many of the philosophical issues brought forth in this book - and many while sailing.

Mr. Hurley carves out some memorable lines that would rival quotes from famous authors and other revered heroes of our past. When you stumble upon them in this story, you will be rewarded. I offer one without the permission of the author: "Like the bloom of a rose, the beauty of life is organic and, therefore, limited by time." I found a wonderful journey while part of Hurley's travels.

Oh, you really should check out "Letters from the Woods" by this author if you liked this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-Absorbsion versus Nature 19 Mar. 2014
By F. Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was billed as a sailing adventure. What it feels like to me is a rather rambling journal of a confused soul whose twists and turns of self-observing trivia become pretty boring. The challenges of the weather don't seem strong enough to wrench him out of his navel-gazing - I wish it was more naval gazing! - and I plodded through the second half with little hope that it would improve. It didn't.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 3 Aug. 2013
By Michael Card - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike some other reviewers, I found this book very satisfying. I am also a sailor, and when out at sea, I experience feelings similar to those expressed by Mr. Hurley. I liked his style and enjoyed many of his philosophical musings. Yes, it's a little gooey in spots, but not enough to ruin a good read.

My wife has just finished it and she enjoyed it as much as I did.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misplaced Genre 5 Jun. 2013
By Susan A. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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The book tries very hard, but the magic never arrives. It's challenging to write memoirs and not every writer has the talent and voice for it. Mr. Hurley seems to be trying very hard to be Nicholas Sparks and though one can't fault his effort, the "voice" simply isn't present. As we read about the fall out of all of Mr. Hurley's "bad" decisions, he never quite seems to take full responsibility and one suspects that his long-suffering wife could write a much more honest, accurate and telling book. The thread of narcissism runs through this "it's all about me" tome to the point that I almost joined in tossing cookies as Mr. Hurley described his last moments on "The Gypsy Moon" before he unceremoniously abandoned her. Then again, she probably has a much better chance of circumnavigation with Mr. Hurley out of the cockpit. I bought the Kindle Edition and I probably have every sailing disaster literary account published. My most compelling realization after finishing this "book" is that I'll never get the 3 hours and $8.89 back. There are so many amazing tales of wreckage, rescue and redemption - books that are fierce and impossible to put down. This is not one of those books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Feb. 2017
By Tammy Hewett - Published on Amazon.com
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