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The Longest Way Home is Andrew McCathy's story. Unable to commit to his fiance of nearly four years-and with no clear understanding of what's holding him back-Andrew McCarthy (actor, author) finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Something in his character has kept him always at a distance, preventing him from giving himself wholeheartedly to the woman he loves and from becoming the father that he knows his children deserve. So before he loses everything he cares about, Andrew sets out to look for answers. Hobbling up the treacherous slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, dodging gregarious passengers aboard an Amazonian riverboat, and trudging through dense Costa Rican rain forests-Andrew takes us on exotic trips to some of the world?s most beautiful places, but his real journey is one of the spirit. On his soul-searching voyages, Andrew traces the path from his New Jersey roots, where acting saved his life-and early fame almost took it away-to his transformation into a leading travel writer. He faces the real costs of his early success and lays bare the evolving nature of his relationships with women. He explores a strained bond with his father, and how this complex dynamic shapes his own identity as a parent. Andrew charts his journey from ambivalence to confidence, from infidelity and recklessness to acceptance and a deeper understanding of the internal conflicts of his life. A gifted writer with an unsparing eye, Andrew relishes bizarre encounters with the characters whom he encounters, allowing them to challenge him in unexpected ways. He gets into peculiar, even dangerous situations that put him to the test-with mixed results. Disarmingly likable, Andrew is open, honest, and authentic on every page, and what emerges is an intimate memoir of self-discovery and an unforgettable love song to the woman who would be his wife.About the Author - Andrew McCarthy is an actor and travel writer. He is very good at both..Author -...
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In buying the book I thought it was about Andrew's travels through the world. I read the reviews and most were good. I saw some of his movies when he was younger and I always liked him. I thought I would give it a shot. The book is about his travels, also about his relationship with himself, and his partner D. The places he traveled and his accounts of his travels were interesting. His candor about himself, very interesting.
To me the interesting part was his thoughts about himself. I thought most actors were outgoing extroverts who enjoyed people, he didn't. His enjoyment was being by himself, his self analysis was excellent. I guess acting is a gig, like all gigs, you don't need to be out there. He was traveling figuring himself out, his why's! So many of us lead lifes without thinking about why we are the way we are and whether we are happy and have some purpose, we exist. I think Andrew got it right. His family relationship was intriguing. I remember taking my dog to the vet and he asked if she was a good mom, I said yes. I asked aren't all dog mom's good, he said oh no! I thought mmmm, how many of us would give our parents a good score? But we don't seem to figure it out do we! We have kids but what do we do to make parent's be better parent's, nothing! Too damn busy thinking about ourselves, our torrid past, what we deserve, what we missed, how to spell ME! How about how to be a parent class, mandatory, in higher education! I don't doubt his home life affected him, his drinking, his life, his confidence. He was doing a great job in "getting over it", many can't.
He came across as a loner, pompous, from Chicago (but he wasn't). But, this was him, I don't think he ever thought he was better than anyone, he had a passion for life, that was him. Too many people put on "fake" personalities to receive reinforcement from others, builds their low esteem. I liked him in the end, other than his verbiage of his relationship with Timmy-pedia, one of his climbing partners. He kept working on what happened and how can I get better, it was almost like there was someone helping him try to figure life out.
His relationship with his partner "D" was interesting. She was more outgoing but had great love for Andrew. I often questioned his love for her. I thought he used her as the compass to direct his life, he didn't like some things she wanted to do or did yet he kept going with the flow. If there marriage failed I think it might be Andrew stepping off of the white line. My other question: are the kids alright? Really, who cares about the adults! The kids, it's about the kids they are our future. We have to bring the family back, restore marriage and think of the grand-kids for 2060.
I don't read other reviews until after I write mine, and I don't write a review on every book I write. In reading the reviews I noted some of the readers disliked Andrew, I don't think Andrew liked Andrew. I think as you read on in the book that was very apparent. I think his travels helped him! I think he became more loving and caring and a better parent, and a better parent than what he had.