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The best book I've read in the last two years!
on March 29, 2011
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and not for any of the reasons cited by other reviewers. I finished it in two nights. It's a real page-turner.
In my opinion the book has NOTHING to do with sailing the western Pacific. That's just a backdrop, and who wants to read a travelogue?
Instead, "Right Now is Perfect" is a painful, shredding, frustrating portrayal -- honestly and innocently told -- of an incredibly dysfunctional relationship. It details, to the level of torture, the moves Carol Ryan makes toward "Bill" and away from him. It shows her -- to the point of the reader's pain -- honestly being drawn into horrible moments, again and again and again. I was angry at her stupidity, and I cried a lot for her.
Her "lover" in this book seems to find her MS "inconvenient," but there are many other painful moments. For example, her man joins a singles softball league, for Christ's sake! And she STILL overlooks that. She helps this guy with transportation and any number of other things. And to what good end?
He ignores all her travel experiences, won't spend a dime, never calls, and is generally a total screwup. Nicely rendered! Carol Ryan couldn't have done better if this were fiction!
As I say, she is deeply in love, and is a great fool. Both at the same time. Too much for the reader to bear, and that's what makes the book good!
As a bonus, Carol Ryan happens to show "yachties" as an extreme pack of self-indulgent, self-absorbed asses. They love you when you're on a cruise, NOT when you're not. And for some reason, she keeps meeting them in the islands of the western Pacific. How insular! How provincial! How totally self-indulgent! And who could possibly envy these Lotus Eaters?
She also happens to show lousy life aboard a sailboat, and the problems of a disharmonious crew. Good!
She shows how painful and dull a long voyage is. Trust me, I'll stick to day sailing.
The key and final point--the emotional spectrum. A great book must run the reader up and down the full emotional spectrum. A book should pump every gland in a person. That's what Carol's book does for me.
Barry Schoenborn, President
Willow Valley Press