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Along the Way by Martin Sheen
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it was amazing

Couldn't put it down! First of all — it's one of a kind: a father/son memoir jointly written. Second — what lives they've lived! What stories, what struggle, what love! Just absolutely unflinchingly (as the LA Times says) in its honesty — and as a result, incredibly inspiring and moving. It in itself should be a movie! Now I want to go back a re-watch a whole bunch of their films, knowing the backstories.

Also, it is paced alongside the making of the movie "The Way" — the most recent father/son collaboration between Martin and Emilio that takes place along the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain - a pilgrimage, a father/son story itself, and a film I loved and highly recommend.

This memoir is also the artist's way — a story of a father, an artist, who passed on ethics, courage, and a deep love for family to his son. Anyone who saw Martin Sheen's episode of "Who Do You Think You Are," where he explores his Spanish and Irish heritages, will also recognize some of the story that's expanded upon here. Because this is also, inevitably, a story of grandfathers and grandmothers too. Of how fathers teach their sons, in one way or another. It's a story of a semi-nomadic artists' life, a family who travels as much as possible with their father's work and locations, and who have incredible experiences, bonding, fighting and loving because of it. It's a story of the struggling artist doing what's necessary to survive financially and still be true to an artists calling, and keeping his family close. It's a story of rebellions within and without the family — refusing to kowtow to sycophantic Hollywood "friendships" and insisting on forging friendships of integrity and value beyond the next job.

From harrowing tales in the Philippines during the filming of Apocalypse Now, to the recent father/son collaboration along the Camino de Santiago — a tale of spiritual transformation through this centuries-old pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain and France, this is a spell-binding feat of story-telling. Rarely do we get such strength, loyalty and love lasting lifetimes coming out of Hollywood.

Thank you Martin & Emilio for the experience, strength and hope shared here. Many blessing wished for the Sheen/Estevez's.
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