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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-busting funny, July 30, 2013
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This was a book that made me laugh out loud three times in the first two pages, and really didn't let up for 300 more. It follows the adventures of author and musician Rik Leaf and his family as they sell their house and travel the world for an entire year. Exotic locales, crazy situations and lots of love draw the family close as they undertake the adventure of a lifetime. Awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be warned... or "proceed with caution", May 15, 2013
This review is from: Four Homeless Millionaires (Hardcover)
As a Library Board member I was asked to read this book because a patron found it objectionable and thought it should be withdrawn. The writer, Rik Leaf, is a local author, and his parents were well known in the community. The community in the "olden days" ... when Rik was growing up in it, tended to be somewhat "legalistic" in a "Fundamentalist Christian sense. But not 100%! Rik expresses his opinion about this and how it affected his thinking and behavior in some situations. The person objecting to that aspect felt that his criticism was "bordering on hate literature". I did not find it that bad. Definitely critical but clearly told as being HIS story.

The second objection had to do with the very crude language and references. But here, reading the preface may have prepared the reader for what would come. Rik begins his preface by acknowledging the contribution his mother made to his being a story teller. The subtitle of the book is: "An odyssey of adventure and discovery". And to that end it is a very good read. So this reference in the preface again credits his mother with encouragement to take risks. But the same passage also seeks to absolve his mother of the objectionable parts in the book. Thus he writes:
"This book is a celebration of my Mom's encouragement to take risks and live the most exciting life possible, and the joy that comes from sharing it with others.
To avoid any confusion, (or maternal retribution)the filthy language and irreverent sense of humor are mine. My mother's hands are clean...she spent the first eighteen years of my life scrubbing my mouth out with soap."

Reading the first page gives a very good example of the "filthy" language to be expected, but also a very clear sense of who this Rik Leaf is, and how he is going to reveal himself as an adventurer, man, husband and father throughout the rest of the book.

The story itself is well told. The book is divided into sections according to where they were visiting. So the section headings are as follows: Canada,Hawaii, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Italy/France, Denmark/Sweden, Switzerland/Germany, England,and back to Canada.

The book reads like a travelogue but more involved that just a narrative of "we went there and we saw this and took pictures." It provides the scan connections and web addresses for videos they made both documenting their visits but also some creative "movie shorts" of their own creative imaginings.

I suspect that the book would be of most interest to those who know Rik, but as a "great escape" it does draw one into the adventure... as long as the language and crude references and his imaginations do not put one off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and humour., January 23, 2012
This review is from: Four Homeless Millionaires (Hardcover)
I've read some passages from this book and my first impression? It was funny! The writing is the kind that makes you chuckle out loud. The second? It was just very human. A sweet and creative family with a couple of kids doing what single people without strings want to do, but find reasons to put off.

Either because you have traveled, or you have parented, or you just enjoy good writing - you'll like it!!! I can't wait to read the rest of the book now!
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Four Homeless Millionaires by Rik Leaf (Hardcover - October 27, 2011)
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