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I grew up in a military family, so my experience in life has to do with non-permanence. This trend has continued into my adult years, as I find that life sends circumstances my way that force me to choose between staying in a place where opportunities have dried up, or moving on and meeting new people and challenges. Currently my wife and I live in eastern Washington, where I teach high school.
After I received my B.A. in Spanish many years ago, I moved to Europe, where I lived for three years--in Salamanca, Munich, and Barcelona. After coming home and getting my first Master's degree, I joined the Army and ended up spending two more years in Augsburg, Germany. The years that I spent in Europe have been among the most important in the formation of my world and life views.
After many years of teaching college, I made the switch five years ago to teaching high school, mostly because there seemed to be more of a need for high school teachers than for college teachers. The change has been very valuable for me, as I've met some of the most important people in my life in my students and colleagues; while the work is harder and the vacations much shorter, I have no regrets at all about making the change.
I have a doctorate in Teaching and Learning, as I've been interested in both all my life. I also have three M.A.'s: in Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, and English Lit. I try my best to bring what I've learned about learning to my writing, so that a reader can benefit from my experience of life as well as from my writing.
Top Customer Reviews
Many writers fall into a cliche trap, portraying the older character as both wise and perfect in the eyes of the younger, and the old character envying youth for the horizons left ahead. Thankfully, Walsh skillfully avoids these narrative pitfalls. The book is engaging and engrossing. The ending was heartwarming, but it also left this reader saddened that the road trip shared by Jason and Hector had to come to an end.
Thematically, the book resonates with the self discovery of Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" and the classic road trip story in the spirit of John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie in Search of America."
In my opinion he should have created a philosophical dialogue of sorts, a genre that, unappealing as it may look, is best suited to convey heavily charged contents in a straightforward way.
Unfortunately he sets up an "on-the-road" fictional frame that may appear more appealing at first sight but gets in the way instead. To really convey meaningful thoughts in fictional form the author must create apparently spontaneous dialogues that do not spell everything clear for the reader but give him hints and stimuli. It is not the case here. Hector talks like a well spoken life-coach would and in a narrative context he comes out as sanctimonious and preachy.
That is essentially a pity as most of the thoughts the author decides to share with us are worthy and writing is generally quite good.