I would thoroughly recommend 'riding the waves' and 'a journey through the years' with Al Cazu. A look into this colourful character's past is also an opportunity to re-visit a time when culture and social conventions were so different. In this very honest auto biography Al lays his soul bare, enabling even the most hardened reader to empathise with a lifetime of both touching and tragic moments. It is clear throughout the book of how his love of art and creativity saved him on more than one occasion and it is this passion which I personally can relate too. In fact, it is in his final 'ships log' and his entry 'making pictures' that moved me the most. The way he talks about art and the 'looking, seeing, feeling, thinking...' not the 'how' but the 'experiencing for yourself' is what I try to convey to the young people I teach in the hope of translating this very message.