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  • By Kevin Convery
    Nov 16, 2011
    “TRAVELS ON THE NIGHT SEA: AN INNER JOURNEY THROUGH A CHANGEFUL ERA” BY KEVIN CONVERY A BOOK REVIEW BY JOE R. FRINZI for The Easton Irregular ‘Bookshelf’ (October 2011) In 2009 artist and author Kevin Convery published a book of his artwork and mythological musings titled “The Golden Thread: Reflections on Myth and Memory” (see Easton Irregular review June 2009) that offered a splendid journey through the artist’s own creative odyssey which brought together his twin passions for art and mythic storytelling. Now Mr. Convery has written a deeply personal memoir called, “Travels on the Night Sea,” a poetic prose account of his childhood and early adult years which led to his joining the Unification Church (becoming a “Moonie”) as a young man. Mr. Convery is a gifted writer and the first part of the book, which details his childhood years, is a splendid evocation of those experiences as he grew up in a suburban neighborhood next to a rural wooded area in Philadelphia. As a child of the... More > straight-laced fifties and early sixties (he was born in 1954), this portion of the book is a veritable time capsule of a bygone age in which innocent play and minor mischief were the prevailing activities of just being a kid. In the second section, the author details his growth and interest in art and mythology as he entered his college years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. It was during this period that he became acquainted with Easton’s own Isadore LaDuca who was attending Tyler as well. While being fairly much a straight arrow, Mr. Convery doesn’t shy away from revealing his own minor dabblings and experimentation with hallucinogens, something that was hardly unique then or now. But for the most part, he talks about his youthful romances and his hopes and dreams for the future as a burgeoning artist. While none of this is terribly remarkable in and of itself, his skill as a writer helps give this reflective material a fresh and compelling face. Mr. Convery’s ongoing search for some meaning in his life once he graduates from college and enters adulthood comprises the remainder of his book and it is here that the narrative runs into some problems. Though the stories and adventures he has while on this leg of his life’s journey are enjoyable to read and at times even startling, once he meets up with members of the Unification Church the tone of the book devolves into more of a didactic treatise about their philosophy. The author’s sincerity on the subject is obviously genuine, and he at least gives the reader an opportunity to see the Church in an honest light from the inside, but in trying to make a case for them and his choice to join, he seriously compromises what had been, up until then, a very absorbing memoir. However, in the concluding chapter, Mr. Convery regains his poetic footing quite nicely and brings the tale of his early life, and where it led him, to a satisfying conclusion that makes you hope the author is contemplating a second volume about his next thirty years. On the whole, “Travels on the Night Sea” is a fascinating look inside the mind of a bright and sensitive young man who found a way to bring the disparate elements in his life into a harmonious focus. Whether or not you embrace his interest in the Unification Church, Mr. Convery’s literary voice ensures that the journey you take with him will be both pleasurable and illuminating.< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
Tainbo Publications
Published
December 19, 2010
Language
English
Pages
257
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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