Fleishman Is In Trouble : Book Review

Dr.Toby Fleishman, consultant hepatologist, wakes up to discover his two children asleep in the flat – and a short post-it note on his bedside table saying their mom was going to a yoga retreat.

That’s the last he’ll hear from Rachel… for a few weeks.

This is a complex debut novel. With a deeply introspective exploration into the minefield called ‘middle age‘.

The characters are delightfully fleshed out.

You get to know them, understand how they think, feel their angst and anger, and share their passage through life in a visceral sense. You’ll definitely identify with one or the other, maybe a combination of a few – and relate to others through actual people in your own life.

And the story line is brilliant.

Tracing the course through life of three high school friends as they progress to their forties, “Fleishman Is In Trouble” addresses concerns and controversies, tensions and troubles, problems and poignancies anyone who has lived past 4 decades will surely appreciate and resonate with. Continue reading “Fleishman Is In Trouble : Book Review”

On Hooker Valley Track To Aoraki Mount Cook New Zealand

Mount Cook New Zealand

“It’ll take around three hours!” said our tour guide.

Anticipating an easy amble to the foothills of Mount Cook, we set out on the popular Hooker Valley Track, four middle-aged folks with an average age of 51 years.

I volunteered to be ‘pack mule‘ for the group, lugging along a bag with 4 liters of water, some snacks and warm sweaters.

Quickly, we realized this was no walk down a rosy garden path!

The track sloped up, gently at first, then a bit more steeply. All around, mountains loomed and valleys rolled gently away to distant lakes and streams.

The walking path weaved and curved between thick shrubbery dotted with colorful blooms.

Hooker Valley Track Mount Cook New Zealand

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