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Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds Kindle Edition
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While father and son climb, the father shares some of his thoughts about life and tries to explain what happened to the marriage that created the boy, while the son, in turn, tells his father what it was like to experience the breakup of the family and his life with his separated parents. It is a challenge for each to listen to the other without becoming defensive. I, for one, would not wanted to hear about my parents' sex life. But the telling was healing for Tim and his son. And Tim understands how, despite his best intentions, he recreated for his son some of what had been so hard for himself as a boy. So many of us find that while we thought we were running in the opposite direction from our parents, we nonetheless carried them in us.
Although the personal aspects of the books were the ones which most grabbed me I found speculations about memes and thoughts on the fate of the environment interesting. The mountain, with its natural background and the physical effort of climbing, give life and context to these discussions.
Fathers and sons is precious topic. I was touched by the book and think other readers will get inspiration from it.
Charlie Fisher author of "Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World," available on Amazon
Cute title! Caught my eye. I just finished reading Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild, which I thoroughly enjoyed - reading parts over and over again - but that's another review and I wanted to read another adventure story. My taste buds whetted for the thrill of the rigors of the hike. Unfortunately, this book is one third about the actual hike and two thirds about the author's obsession with memes and making sure that his captive audience, including his son, Josh, has to wade through his current philosophy and ranting. I'm sure Josh felt like a Zombie when the hike was finally over and he was home in Seattle -on the other side of the US continent way away from his domineering father. Poor Josh, he just wanted to spend some time with his father, complete the strenuous climb, get to the top of the mountain, take pictures, have a snowball fight and get back down off the mountain safely. Little did Josh know that he would be hounded, like a innocent kid who accepts a ride to school from his parent and ends up in an inquisition, by his father all the way up the mountain, and all the way down, about his father's favorite topic de jour - memes. Even when Josh was lying sick with high altitude sickness, his father pushed HIS agenda. I got so sick of the subject, memes, that I skipped over the topic when it surfaced in the book - so that means I didn't really read two thirds of the book. As an innocent reader, I felt betrayed. The title said fun, with a capital FUN! It said a history lesson of the mountain. It told me that I would feel like a zombie pushing one foot before the other trying to get to its summit and success. The title screamed a rite of passage between father and son. What the reader got was a philosophical discussion on memes - which was not something about which I wanted to read. But I understand the father. Yes, I do! Indeed I do!! I think his philosophical discussion books probably don't sell very well, so he used this opportunity to force his views on the innocent reader. If I hadn't seen Josh's picture at the front of the book, I would have felt he was just a fictional character. This story of a father/son's journey to acceptance of each other fell flat. The author missed his chance to draw his son to him and also draw in the reader. Beware of the title. The book is a huge disappointment.