"You have put into words thoughts that have been kicking around in my head since I first went to Korea in 1953...Your use of the English language to describes scenes and situations is nothing short of pure poetry." (William Schroeder, Korean War vet)
"Hell of a story in every respect, from being close to death to a beautiful opening up of your senuality in Munich...You write with an artistic imaginative sense and a deep sensibility about your own reflections, relationships and ideas."(John Giannini)
"An intimate, confessional perspective...Love, sexuality, and war are illuminated in a picaresque series of adventures, dreams, myths, and personal encounters...Journey to Myrtos
should take its place as one of the truly rewarding books to have come out of the Vietnam War and the social upheavals of the 1960s."(John Anderson)
"Mitchell takes readers...to the core of his being. His sense of timing paired with impeccable language do more than paint a picture--they plant us firmly beside him...we feel his joy and his sorrow, and we celebrate the journey." Lynn Stearns
From the Author
An inward journey of initiation and transformation needs much time to incubate, and writing Journey to Myrtos
and its sequel The Trials of the Initiate
took me 35 years. The three separate manuscripts that I began in 1975, only five years after being discharged from the army, were initially conceived as a way of understanding and dealing with the cathartic psychological changes that are part of every young warrior's experience.
By the early 1980s, all three manuscripts were complete in a first-draft form. Then, I set them aside in order to concentrate on my career as a secondary school teacher--a career that left me little time to write and contemplate the enormous changes to my personality and psyche that had been evoked by my experience in the war.
It was not until I retired from teaching in 2006 that I was able to return to these manuscripts. By that time, I had already written one book about my experience as a teacher and about our "disfunctional" education system in the United States. That book is titled, NURTURING THE SOULS OF OUR CHILDREN: Education and the Culture of Democracy. Oddly enough, my book about the developmental issues of adolescents in American society and the failures of our educational system was a tremendous asset in helping me crystalize some of the basic themes of my two volume memoir about healing the wounds of war, transformation of the warrior spirit and reintegration into American society.