Looking for the Summer

eBook (PDF), 158 Pages
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David Thompson is a former Vietnam War conscientious objector in Paris on a quest to find himself in the early days of 1977. When he befriends an Iranian and an Afghan and is invited to return with them to their countries, his quest slowly becomes a descent into his own personal hell. On the road from Europe to the East he encounters Kurdish bandits in the eastern mountains of Turkey, becomes involved with an underground group opposed to the Shah in Iran, escapes to Afghanistan, and later suffers extreme sickness on the streets of Delhi and Calcutta. Although continually searching for the happiness and identity he could not find in the U.S., he cannot easily shed his American past. Throughout the journey he is hounded by the demons of memory, particularly that of his father, a World War Two hero who disowned David and died while David was still in prison. The journey itself becomes a physical manifestation of his struggle to achieve reconciliation with his own conscience.
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  • By Ian Ruxton
    Dec 29, 2008
    "brilliant work" I read this book and met the author some years ago. He lives near to me on the island of Kyushu in Japan, and we both are long-term residents of that country. This writing is from the heart and substantially autobiographical. It is even rather topical now that there is some talk of the draft being reintroduced to settle the mess in Iraq. Robert's period of transition from the spring of youth to the summer of adulthood was more traumatic than most, and this is a tale of courage in adversity. My respect goes to you Bob, for your life, and for the way you have told the story here.
  • By Bonnie Turner
    May 17, 2007
    "An impressive work!" Looking for the Summer is an intrigueing, sensitive novel in which Robert Norris demonstrates a remarkable ability to communicate--and tug at his readers' heartstrings. The story pulls you in from the beginning. The writing is clear and easy to understand, revealing the author's skill as a storyteller. I'm impressed with this glimpse into the author's soul as he travels, introducing me to people and places I can only dream of visiting in the real world--not that I'd want to experience his travails in this day and age. Norris writes from universal human emotions that everyone can appreciate. He shares his heart and soul with our troubled planet in this vital, passionate, and often painful story.
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October 1, 2011
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