What's not to love about Allan Emmanuel? Allan is a sharp, one hundred year old man who still has a sense of ... umm.. well.. I'd say of adventure butWhat's not to love about Allan Emmanuel? Allan is a sharp, one hundred year old man who still has a sense of ... umm.. well.. I'd say of adventure but it's more that he isn't afraid of life and he goes wherever there is an opportunity and never worries about nor cares about nor complains about! the adventure and/or danger that lies ahead (unless someone was talking about politics, Allan cared about that very much indeed. Nothing bored Allan more than politics and all he asked of life, besides food, a bed and vodka, was that he be surrounded by comrades who don't talk about politics!!) Because of this, at 100 years old, he escapes from his assisted living facility, unintentionally creating a national murder scandal, and finds himself on the run with an elephant, a felon, a hot dog stand owner and a LOT of money.
Allan's philosophy: "People could do what they wanted, but Allan considered that in general it was quite unnecessary to be grumpy if you had the chance not to." And that is exactly how he led his colorful life.
The narrative of Allan's past is skillfully woven with the present keeping the reader engaged and curious. The author's writing style is delightfully witty and I chuckled out loud through the whole book....more
A great book that presents strong arguments for personal accountability in our emotions and attitude. Plus it's a bit witty/cheeky and offers a lot ofA great book that presents strong arguments for personal accountability in our emotions and attitude. Plus it's a bit witty/cheeky and offers a lot of food for thought. I'd recommend it to anyone.
"We may be powerless to alter certain events, but we remain free to choose our attitude towards them, and it is in our spontaneous acceptance of necessity that we find our distinctive freedom."
Cheryl had some serious guts to brave the PCT alone and, being someone who took off on a random life-changing journey by herself as well, I found myseCheryl had some serious guts to brave the PCT alone and, being someone who took off on a random life-changing journey by herself as well, I found myself relating to sooo many of the things she talked about. I felt those things. I thought those things. she describes with refreshing lyrical accuracy how it feels when you just KNOW it's time for a new and difficult journey to begin. you have to dig down deep and truly commit with all of your heart to your course. you must promise yourself to have unwavering faith in yourself and then you need the self discipline to keep that promise when the going gets rough.
this book is also about finding or discovering yourself. she speaks of love and loss, grieving, acceptance, endurance and finally about letting go.
I would recommend this book to anyone who seems to have lost their identity and wants it back or to anyone seeking to discover who they are at their core.
I do think the book warrants a disclaimer. Cheryl doesn't seem to mind repeating/writing the same hardships multiple (more like countless) times. i definitely noticed it but I also understand she DID go through the same trials on the trail over and over again and so it makes sense that so many things were repeated....more