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Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness Paperback – April 2, 2012
About the Author
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty five (65) books, all available on Amazon. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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The book is divided into two parts. The first part is Celestial Games. The second part is The Last Storyteller.
The Storyteller and listener, Little One, interact. The reader moves through the stories, learning not only the tales but the nature of the Storyteller and Little One. The discerning reader will explore the layers, not only in the stories, but in the teller and the listener.
"The boy could hear the song of the wind in the evenings, the promise of the rain as it fell upon the Earth, the bird’s wings in magnificent flight high above the Earth. He could see with his mind’s eye when he slept, and he always danced with the animals by the first rays of the new moon each month.
"There could be no doubt about this boy.
"Such a son as this one, wished every man. Yet the old man knew one day the boy would be alone. There would be many who would be evil, with destruction as their only fruits."
Thomas Jerome Baker's masterpiece Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness offers both entertaining stories and an intellectual exercise in the nature of man, the real and surreal, light and dark, good and evil, winning and losing, and the past, present, and future.
I knew I was in for a treat with this imaginative tale which I would call a hybrid tale of folklore, mythology and myths. I felt I was taking an astral trip into the Celestial Realm with the characters and stories from the great story tellers portrayed here.Long ago in another world from another time the great and powerful story teller passes on the legends of life, world power, greed and pure love to the innocent who is called the little one. I felt as though I was the ‘Little One’ in the story, becoming so engrossed in all the tales of immortality, faith and good vs evil. There was a message here that could be applied to everyday life. The story has such an easy flow as it blended into the stories from each of the story tellers who were depicted. The author has a well crafted story here that will touch the hearts of many.
This is the second book I've had the pleasure of reading by Thomas Baker, and I am once again, extremely impressed! The title is powerful and does not disappoint. The possibility of a joyful and happy Earth (sigh) is a beautiful dream that I believe lies within all of us. I love being reminded of that.
Exciting, imaginative, magical...THIS is what a good storyteller offers! Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness: Witches, Wizards, & Warlocks- is truly a 'pot of gold'. I highly recommend.
The plot is delicious, intriguing and satisfying because it tries to explain things that are not explainable. The Storyteller uses riddles and enigmas as a storytelling device to help the boy remember the stories told by the father.
There are many problems. The son must go on a journey all alone. The characters have secrets, nobody knows everything about each other, so trust and faith become themes that run throughout the book.
The book shows you how when everything is good, it is easy to show your love. It is difficult to show your love when bad things happen, when the people we love and trust, respect and look up to, a father, a mother, a friend, a son, is not everything that he or she seems to be.
What do we do when we get disappointed? Do we stop loving one another, or do we forgive and forget? Is that possible? Can things ever be the same again when someone you love tells a lie, tricks you, deceives you, cheats on you?
How do you solve that problem when it happens to you? What do you do? The answer to that question in this book will surprise you, make you think about the quality of your relationships, and inspire you to be a better person in your relationships with your friends, and your family. After all, it is never too late to be good...
The answer was apparent from page one. The story of Solomon, the storyteller, and David, his son, soon to be storyteller, makes you think. The story of the beginning of time and the pursuit of wealth and power hit home, especially in these times. The book moved along keeping my interest the whole time. Sometimes I had to stop and really think about what the author was saying in between the words.
To bring the book's message down to the average reader: it is about good versus evil, it is about sacrifice for what you believe in, it is about love.