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Pursuit

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A very intelligent and conscious exploration of the many perspectives about life. A great read indeed!

Synopsis

PURSUIT is the book I was searching for when I was a teenager but could never find, That's why I wrote. It gives youngsters a longer range perspective on life, alerting to the pitfalls, warning of not preparing one's self or pursuing those things which will give meaning and joy to one's life. I wandered through life for forty years in effort to discover all that was discoverable, knowing that anything less than a well informed assessment might set my feet on a path ending in the discovery that I had followed the wrong route. Three score and ten years is not a lot of time in which to achieve all one might hope to achieve, and something of a road map is invaluable for those who leave the education system ill prepared for the journey ahead.
PURSUIT includes anecdotal material, accounts of sticky situations, methods of extraction, no small amount of appreciation for the weird and unexpected things, and a philosophy which better equips those setting out the voyage of a lifetime with the attitude of "Life is unpredictable, at times dangerous and painful, but still the most wonderfully rewarding experience if one strives for your dream." Bon Voyage

I found Pursuit to be a genuinely intriguing read. It didn't quite throw me into an existential crisis (thank goodness!), but it certainly gave me some food for thought especially in terms of appreciating the happy life I was born into whilst others may not be so fortunate. Yet, regardless of background or story, this book reminds you throughout that it is in your hands to shape the life you want even in the torrent of difficult circumstances such as illnesses, death, missed opportunities, failure or even just ever-changing societal expectations. The big take-away that I got from this book, in short, was that though your childhood experiences (or even those of your younger years) may not have been ideal, your adult life can be. It's just that you have to be aware of a few unexpected setbacks along the way which come in a variety of forms.


In terms of narrative style, it is evident throughout that the author is a gifted storyteller - perhaps even philosophiser - who provides insight and analysis to every aspect of living that he discusses. Well written, entertaining, and provoking sophisticated thought, I also commend this book for not being a superfluously sugar-coated discussion of the burdens and joys of living. Instead, we are given a very realistic (yet not so depressing and existential that the reading itself becomes unpleasant and gloomy) and conscious conversation about important topics such as the wastefulness of war and conflict, social competitiveness, the value of education and self-awareness and how the fast-paced nature of the internet has metamorphosised our ways of learning forever, to name only a handful. My favourite part of this book is in its earliest pages where the author stresses the life-long challenges of forming an identity for oneself in a competitive world full of comparison. He talks about the unfairness of having to choose a life and career path (and thus adult identity) at such a young age, when your own body and mind are at a near-constant process of changing, still at their most vulnerable and influential. The parts focusing on the confusions of coming of age will certainly be relatable for many if not all, and the way in which the author gives his honesty reassures people that though society might expect them to have everything figured out by their early twenties, life is never straightforward and very rarely logical. This was a comfort to read, however the reader is also forced to acknowledge the seriousness and inevitability of conforming to certain social expectations, especially if one wishes to become employable or appear likeable at least.


‘The really important discoveries come through time and trial, in defining our own individual strengths, weaknesses and array of attributes’.


He then goes on to point out a sad reality that many do not actually have the time or resources to make these self-discoveries until so late in their life that it is too late or simply fruitless to ‘employ them to their most effective outcome’. This sort of talk definitely made me feel heavy and I craved optimism in parts of the books like this or even in the sad anecdotes about friends or people the author knows. Yet, if this book were filled with optimism, it would not have achieved its purpose in providing readers with a very real commentary on the inconsistencies of life and living. 

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In my final year of study as a Classical Studies undergraduate, I am a publishing hopeful with books on my mind. I spend most of my time studying the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, which I talk about on my Classics blog Itzanif. My second blog, FictionFrappucino is for my love of fiction.

Synopsis

PURSUIT is the book I was searching for when I was a teenager but could never find, That's why I wrote. It gives youngsters a longer range perspective on life, alerting to the pitfalls, warning of not preparing one's self or pursuing those things which will give meaning and joy to one's life. I wandered through life for forty years in effort to discover all that was discoverable, knowing that anything less than a well informed assessment might set my feet on a path ending in the discovery that I had followed the wrong route. Three score and ten years is not a lot of time in which to achieve all one might hope to achieve, and something of a road map is invaluable for those who leave the education system ill prepared for the journey ahead.
PURSUIT includes anecdotal material, accounts of sticky situations, methods of extraction, no small amount of appreciation for the weird and unexpected things, and a philosophy which better equips those setting out the voyage of a lifetime with the attitude of "Life is unpredictable, at times dangerous and painful, but still the most wonderfully rewarding experience if one strives for your dream." Bon Voyage

FOREWORD







Why was this book written? It was written because growing up in today’s world is not an easy task. From the age of five to twenty years the rate of learning and adjusting expected of an individual is nothing short of colossal. One’s home environment, geographical location, ethnicity, school life and interaction with others are major factors. From the moment of completing our first eleven or twelve years of prescribed schooling we are exposed to and expected to thrive in the world outside our front door using only the tools we have been supplied with; and not just the physical world, there is also the world fed to us via television, the social media networks and the electronic information superhighway of the internet. Amongst all this we need to remember just how difficult growing up can be, even without being exposed to global connectivity. Forming a self-image, comparing one’s self to other human beings in the world and finding one’s place within the dizzying array of humanity is a major undertaking. It has to be confronting and difficult. There will be many of a young age who do not have the advantage of living within a loving, healthy family. If a child is fortunate and has two parents, the pressures of modern living often dictate that both parents work for an income and commit so much of their time to that, it results in them being unavailable to their children for much this vital period — children who need access to their time and attention — leaving them to sort out so many aspects of their lives for themselves, giving rise to the possibility of a range of life-altering mistakes to occur.

Growing up was confusing in my own time, although I would count my childhood as being as good as it gets, and yet even then it was difficult and perplexing. It should be neither of those.

I have watched the world catapult itself into the twenty-first century with pride, amazement and despair. I got to wondering how I would fair if my own childhood had coincided with all that is going on at this time. I remembered the difficulties I experienced, the things which took far too long to assimilate and for me to come to terms with. Many questions did not find appropriate answers until late into adulthood. Some never found answers. Aside from the question and answer component, there are the existential concerns we all deal with. There are so many facets to existence, so many paths to choose from, so many decisions to make, and, when one is able to step back to view it all clearly, so little allotted time in these our lives. This book is an attempt to put a little prospective on the whole crazy deal, perhaps open a few doors which might otherwise have remained unopened or even unnoticed, to point out that there is no gulf of emptiness between one human being and another, and hopefully to entertain just a little. This rendering might be considered a Primer, posing questions which, as time goes by, will need answering.

I have found it impossible to do these things without prizing open the door to a few personal experiences, the intent of it being to illustrate that life is never straightforward and not always logical, to reflect human idiosynchrocies and differences as an embroidery which only serves to enrich life, and encourage emerging adults to have faith in themselves, to validate how they see, feel and assign meaning to the world they live in — the world we share.

About the author

Born and raised on a mixed farm, South Australia. A love of Nature, a curiosity for life, a love of adventure, a natural born talent for observation, an absolute believer in people and their dreams. view profile

Published on July 01, 2020

Published by Crest Media

70000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult

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