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Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery (Journeys Book 2) Kindle Edition
You marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, lost everything. Now you’re basically biding time.
A letter arrives from friends in Cyprus, now sailing a new yacht from Taiwan to Europe for a Swedish millionaire. You’re invited to join them in Sri Lanka, as crew. Neither of you knows boats, but you’ll learn — the trip of a lifetime, cruising the Indian Ocean in a pleasure yacht!
And, it turns out, in monsoon season. With no charts. And an emotionally unstable crewmate. What could possibly go wrong?
Good Morning Diego Garcia tells one woman’s harrowing experience of physical and emotional horror in the brutal sea. As the boat falls apart in storm after storm, so does the crew’s sanity. But for the author, the shifting reality opens her to extraordinary perceptions, and makes her more resilient. Stranded on coral at the infamous Diego Garcia military base, they are reluctantly rescued, their boat repaired, and sent on their way to the Seychelles. All the while she keeps a journal, including her dreams.
Their arrival in India came as Prime Minister Indira Ghandi declared “The Emergency” in June 1975, and their return to fly back to the United States a few months later takes them to the radically-changed landscape of India during one of its darkest moments.
Less than two years later, they are in Brussels, and one particularly lucid dream about her husband comes close to being her last.
Good Morning Diego Garcia: AJourney Of Discovery is a true to life travel account by author SusanJoyce, in which she recollects her experiences. The second book in theJourneys series, this adventure follows The Lullaby Illusion, picking up as Susan and her husband Charles are presented with an exciting newopportunity in Asia. A sailboat intends to travel from Sri Lanka acrossthe Indian Ocean towards Egypt, and Charles persuades Susan that it'd be a fabulous adventure for them to be part of its crew. Disaster strikesfrom day one as India goes into a state of national emergency, andmonsoon season begins no sooner than the boat is out on the ocean. Whatfollows is a real story of survival against the elements and, arguably,the even more tempestuous path of Susan and Charles' marriage.
What I enjoyed most about Susan Joyce's memoir was her choice to present it in the style of a novel. Though written in the first person, GoodMorning Diego Garcia: A Journey Of Discovery has all the readability,flowing dialogue, and narrative charm of a great work of fiction, whichmakes it all the more incredible that the adventures, heartbreaks, andinspirational moments within its pages are true. Susan is a loving andopen woman whom readers can really connect to and, though her stormyseas adventures were genuinely thrilling, I found myself even moreenveloped in the emotional journey she undertakes whilst the world goeshalf mad around her. Overall, I believe that anyone would find something appealing and uplifting in this memoir, and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Good Morning DiegoGarcia: A Journey of Discovery, Journeys Book 2 is a non-fiction travelmemoir written by Susan Joyce. Joyce and her husband, Charles, wereplanning on writing a book together detailing their experiences in andescape from Cyprus during the coup and war of 1974. They were currentlystaying in a rental home in Ojai, California for this new joint projectwhen they received a letter from friends of theirs; Dylan, an Englishboat captain, and his Israeli girlfriend, Mia. When Susan and Charlesknew them, they had been living on a Swedish millionaire's yacht. Theywould be sailing the Swede's newest sailboat across the Indian Oceanfrom the tip of Sri Lanka down to Seychelles and then through the SuezCanal, and they invited Susan and Charles to crew with them. It would be an adventure of a lifetime, Charles had thought, but Susan, anon-swimmer, was not quite sure. In any event, they were soon on theirway to India, their first port of call.
Susan Joyce's non-fictiontravel memoir, Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery,Journeys Book 2, is such an exciting and eventful tale that I often hadto check and see that it was indeed not an adventure novel, but a truestory. I enjoyed the author's detailed accounts of places where she andher husband stayed in India, and found myself getting hungry each timeshe described the marvelous meals they enjoyed throughout theiradventure. The portion of her memoir that deals with the actual voyageacross the Indian Ocean is superb. I could see the gigantic swellstossing the sailboat around and the waterspouts appearing in thedistance, and I was fascinated by the different ways each of the sailors dealt with the continual battering by the ocean and the ever-presentpossibility that their boat would sink. Good Morning Diego Garcia iswell-written, and the author's conversational style makes it quite easyto get wrapped up in her tale. It's highly recommended.
- ASIN : B017S0ZXP6
- Publisher : Peel Productions, Inc. (February 8, 2016)
- Publication date : February 8, 2016
- Language : English
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- Print length : 266 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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"Good Morning Diego Garcia" is a memoir covering a brief period in the author's life when she and her husband are invited to spend time as crew, sailing from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles, up through the Suez Canal and places beyond. Well that was the intended plan. In life, for those who follow Robert Frost's advice and " . . . take the road less travelled", plans have a way of changing. Little could the author and her husband, really know what they were to experience on that fateful journey. There is a proverb attributed to many different nationalities, to the effect that people make plans and (the) god(s) laughs. The author and her husband were about to find out their own meaning of such a saying.
As with her first book "The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening" the author has utilised her lyrical writing style to bring the reader into her story. She has painted wonderful word pictures of life in Sri Lanka; the people, the animals, the colours, the aromas, the general richness of life that she observed while waiting to sail across the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. Such is her writing, that the reader cannot help but feel transported to the island, becoming an invisible participant in the author's life at that time. The writing style changes appropriately once the boat sets sail from Trincomalee, ranging from the lyrical to the more strident and harsh, as the boat and it's crew face the cacophony of endless days of storms along with the conflictual and discordant behaviour of the captain, towards the crew.
It seems appropriate to offer a quote from my review of the author's first book that is equally applicable to this book "Without giving anything away, it is only the author’s belief in herself, and her ability to trust and act on her intuitive feelings, that carries her through the great, the good, the sad, the fearful, the adverse and the indifferent." Fortunately Susan Joyce is not swayed by the quote from the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow . . . "The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude to the problem." Inherent in her being is a positive attitude that knowing one's self allows her to stride forward in life, re-framing negatives and learning from all her experiences, even if sometimes, the learning takes just a little longer to achieve. No stride so important for her own well-being, than the stride she takes at the end of this story.
I unreservedly recommend Good Morning Diego Garcia as not only a most enjoyable read, but a challenge to the reader about their own belief systems, finding the conscious light that shines through the darkest of times.
I really enjoyed reading the detailed and extensive cultural dishes Joyce describes on the plane, in various cities in India and Sri Lanka and the Seychelles. I was dying to try it for myself! I also liked it that the author knew cultural appropriateness. I appreciated her honest responses to the situations that arose throughout the trip – behaviors, cultural and political events, etc. I liked that she researched the places she visited, and talked about how she jotted things down during her travels to jog her memory while documenting the events in what ultimately became her memoir. It strikes me as to how much unrest the world experienced in the mid-70s around the same time period. The relationships and dangers she describes as her trip unfolds through the Indian Ocean as an inexperienced ship hand reminds me of an unrelated memoir by Tom Tune as he delivers medicine on his yacht, The Dorcas Sue. His crew undergoes similar hardships on a trip through the stormy seas to Trinidad.
Throughout the memoir, the author recounts a series of visions and dreams that reveal instability in her personal life at that time. Yet they also provide a certain confidence and wisdom in moving her forward. I think that’s what I liked the most.
With the sensory descriptions of the food, the harrowing drama of the ship’s passage through the Indian Ocean during the monsoon period, and Joyce’s personal journey, I found this memoir quite fascinating. It receives 5 stars for zeroing in on a tumultuous period of history, world travel and personal growth. I highly recommend this memoir.
really know the people and the seasons.
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The Indian State of Emergency disrupts their journey to Sri Lanka. However, they delight in visiting several cities and breathtaking sites including the Taj Mahal. I loved reading Susan's detailed descriptions of India and it's cuisine.
Arriving in Sri Lanka, they join their friends Mia, Dylan and Alon on board the luxurious yacht Zozo. However, the charts for their sea voyage have not arrived and it grows increasingly likely that they will be caught in difficult sea conditions.
Dylan decides to set sail without the charts and plans to navigate with the aid of "the heavens." Storm after storm lash the yacht and crew, while Susan undergoes a huge personal transformation.
I was rooting for her throughout, and cheered her decision to embark on her own personal voyage.
Glad it answered some things from the first book.