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Date of issue: November 4th 2014
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The author of the book: Robby Hamlin
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Read full description of the books The Curse of Iqbal: Memoir of a Ship Broker's Son:Even as a little kid the author harbored visions of becoming a writer or perhaps a gym teacher. Those dreams were deemed insufficiently ambitious to his parents who had experienced the Great Depression firsthand. They gave all three of their children the best education money could buy. Over two centuries ago the poet William Wordsworth (“My Heart Leaps Up”) wrote “the child is father of the man.” For the author of this memoir studying the poets of the Romantic era of English literature was the highlight of all his many years of schooling. And the dreams of the child never were completely snuffed out.
Through the twists and turns of a young man becoming an adult, the author became subject to the draft lottery instituted to insure the country had an adequate supply of men to fight the North Vietnamese. However, before his number ever came up, he found himself in a hospital bed after a week of unconsciousness in the intensive care ward. He had been in a devastating car accident, a head-on collision that killed both driver and passenger of the car that hit him. His injuries turned out to be mostly physical, despite the ominous warning from his neurological surgeon. He missed a year to operations, physical therapy, and relearning to walk, but he walked away stronger in body, mind, and spirit.
While this book is no misery memoir, it does in subtle tones remind the reader that we all are subject to things over which we have no control. Seeing life through the prism of paralysis as he did, the author long ago adopted an attitude of gratitude and acceptance. Buoyed by an indomitable sense of humor and indefatigable spirit through the years, he has remained up when many around him are down.
The informal yet chronological setting of the book will bring you along for many of the voyages the author took in the fifteen or so years after the accident, but leaves you at the end, quite literally, up in the air as he ponders what life has in store for him next. Whether the author is travelling by backpack or hunkered down in office suites in Manhattan, his optimistic point of view continues to carry him through both loss and recovery, through reinvention and rediscovery.
Read information about the authorIt was the dead of winter in the year of 1967. I was 21. A car wreck late at night nearly took my life. Two students my age were killed. I was unconscious, in a coma, half paralyzed. My skull was fractured, memory gone, right leg shattered, ankles broken, spleen ruptured, brain status to be determined. After a year into my recovery reality had a different shape. Had I not become incapacitated, I was slated for service in Vietnam through the draft lottery. Instead, my body felt strong enough, and I was exempted from the military. Life was good. I worked awhile then dropped out, more or less. I traveled.
Weed, wine, gin, rum, vodka, bourbon and brandy were mainstays for the next two decades. Stuff happened. Recovery from dependency on dual substances opened more than my eyes.
At 65 I decided to write a book, a memoir which I managed to see in print 4 years later. The facts of my existence turned out to be more alive than I had imagined prior to first setting some things down into words. By the time I reached a significant period in the retelling, I had enough.
The second act would have to wait. Hope I get to it. But now there's Twitter. And Trump.
"I found true passion through physical activity in my mid-forties. Physical limitation due to the collision was what I had happily accepted as my fate. When I realized I could do step aerobics, gimpy shortened leg and all, after getting sober of course - I was reborn! After near death on a frigid New Jersey state road in what seemed a past incarnation, I was fully alive as I had never imagined I could be. Four years later I certified as a personal trainer and land/water exercise leader. At 54 I taught my first class of step!"
Autobiography is what the famous write. But now the tech allows anyone to do it. Yay! What I did and where I did what I did are memories for me to recount, not necessarily for anyone else.
"The Curse of Iqbal, Memoir of a Ship Broker's Son" records in my unprofessional untrained and unedited manner a period of time up to the time of mom's death.
It is what I call a travel memoir, as good a telling as I can make of those years. Now that Trump is the president, the fact that Don and me played golf together a lot when I was 15 and he 14 has to be written up somehow. It makes me laugh how easy it was for me back then to head in the opposite direction....and never regret it.
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