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Life has always been a voyage of continuing discovery. Sometimes it gets confusing. Why are things this way or that, what makes individuals and groups behave or think in sometimes random, other times predictable ways? Can reason be applied to apparent un-reason? Is their a hidden formula, a never-found `Moral Rosetta Stone', which will one day shed light on these elusive mysteries?
"Trevellas Goes Forth" is superficially a lighthearted, ridiculous and preposterous odyssey describing outrageous customs in `far-flung places', discovered by an old-fashioned Cornish mariner. But in the ridicule of the strange and vexatious desires and practices he encounters, Trevellas slowly arrives at a conclusion most disquieting to him: far from `outlandish', the thoughts and ways of these strange folk are, in fact, merely homogenised, sanitized and simplified versions of the very instincts, drives and habits of many people he left behind in his sleepy Cornish village.
This short book is satire: political, social, and socio-economic, moral and philosophical; it takes a new look at professional people, medical, legal, civil, bureacratic...all that and more. It is purely and only fictional, and any resemblance to anyone living is purely accidental. I hope it amuses, but even more I hope it helps all of us, and some folk in particular, take our and them-selves less seriously.
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See also 'Speak Swahili, Dammit!'About the Author:
James Penhaligon was born to Cornish parents in Africa, and grew up in Tanganyika, later Tanzania, where he lived a chaotic life. His book`Speak Swahili, Dammit!' tells that story, and has had excellent international reviews. As someone always `on the outside', fluent in Swahili before English, then learning other languages, and after working as a medical doctor for many years, on different continents, as a general practitioner, a trainee and then a consultant psychiatrist, he has written the Trevellas story to highlight and ridicule the hypocrisy and ignorance of those, particularly in western bureaucracy and positions of `authority', who often seem to believe they, alone in the world, are faultless.
James and his wife Ingrid live in Falmouth, Cornwall, with a beautiful Boxer dog, when not visiting their children and grand-children, or travelling in East Africa
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR010242898