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South of Normal Kindle Edition
Well, Norm Schriever did just that.
Frustrated and unfulfilled with his comfortable existence in the States, successful businessman Norm Schriever knows there is something more he is supposed to do with his life. So, he quits his job, sells and donates all of his possessions, and moves down to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with nothing but a laptop and a surfboard, vowing to chase his long-forgotten dream of being a writer.
But Norm soon finds that paradise has its dark side, and the perfect life in a little seaside town isn’t always as easy as it seems. Whether it’s adapting to the local customs and the language barrier, dodging lawless drug traffickers and corrupt cops, or spending “quality time” in a Third World prison, Norm always keeps his sense of humor and forges ahead, intent on finding the paradise he has been looking for.
Will Norm achieve his dream, and gain a new appreciation for life, love, and happiness in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Or will he succumb to the jungle heat, scorpions, and machete-wielding marauders? Grab your sunblock and buckle up, because you’re in for a gonzo blast of laughter and adventure…south of normal.
About the Author
Norm grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was never accused of over-studying, and went on to live in North Carolina, Colorado and most recently in Northern California.
Dissatisfied with a conventional existence, Norm sold or donated all of his possessions and moved down to Costa Rica in 2011. In the sleepy surf town of Tamarindo he pursued his passion of writing, armed with his secret weapons: fresh ocean air and Baileys in his morning coffee. He then migrated just a chicken bus ride north to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, where he settled into a local barrio and wrote "South of Normal" with his puppy, Panda, curled up at his feet.
He sees his words as a way to illuminate the commonalities of human existence, and thereby hopes to leave this planet a little better than how he found it.
You can find him on Twitter @NormSchriever
- ASIN : B00CFU9FZ4
- Publisher : Authority Publishing (April 19, 2013)
- Publication date : April 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 678 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #952,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For someone so bright, with such great introspect on life, he's extremely humble. In fact, he never told me about writing novels. My take was that he was a travel blogger and a person who at moment's notice could piece together anything topical that needed to be done for someone. It wasn't until I returned back home and started looking at his website after seeing his email address and subsequent domain that I really knew how accomplished he was.
Norm's accomplishments may not be something he speaks much of in this book, but let me tell you, you get to know him very well along the way of South of Normal. He goes the extra mile to tell you all you need to know about where he came from, why he left it all behind him to write and frolic in Central America, as well as gives some great views on life along the way.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to live somewhere "different," do yourself a favor and check this out. This book made me go into deep thoughts about what I'm doing in life. It made me laugh out loud and have to explain to people around me why I was so hysterical. It also brings tears to your eyes in a few times as you can see how the author is so connected to his new world, the people, pets, and surroundings.
Norm's positivity rubs off on people in a very special way. Norm, wherever you may be, know that this was the first book I've read in 5 years, and thanks to you, it certainly won't be the last. Safe travels my friend.
First and foremost, I thought this story would have a bit more of a narrative arch. However, it's very jumpy. One minute Norm's writing about his experiences when he first arrived and then out of nowhere he'll fast forward to some anecdote that took place three months into his trip. It's not that the anecdotes are bad or uninteresting, per se, but he struggles to tie them into the broader theme and they're often left out on their own to dry. This happens repeatedly throughout the book with one chapter often being followed by another that had nothing to do with the previous. There's not really too much of a plot or continuity, it's more of a series of anecdotes that don't really add up to much. To add to this, the writing itself is a little bland. Some writers just posses an incredible ability to wordsmith and breathe life into stories with vivid descriptions and keep the reader hooked with a well-written prose. Unfortunately, this is not one of those works.
Also, from a cultural standpoint some of his comments can be quite offensive. He uses many broad statements to describe entire groups of people "Tourists, Ticos, Nicaraguans, etc.) which are not at all representative of those groups. He also comes off as a bit high brow and rude, which doesn't really affect the quality of the book itself, but his general attitude and disrespect toward some of the people he encountered during his journey put me off and didn't really make me want to read on.
On top of this, it's bogged down by poor editing, grammatical errors, poor translation and spelling mistakes.
I also follow Norm on Facebook and know that, like myself, he has a big heart for people. He is truly interested in connecting with others and understanding them, as well as doing whatever he can to make sure that the street children he meets in the Philippines get something good to eat.
Norm is a bit wild at heart, and he writes with grit and honesty, and occasionally a little sentimentality. If you like reading about life experiences and adventures in other countries, you will enjoy this book!
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't find this book gripping at all.
By the end of the book I found myself resonating with what you were saying and have been recommending this book to all of my water loving friends. Thanks for taking the time to share your story.