Beachcombing at Miramar: The Quest for an Authentic Lifeby Richard Bode
EDITING ANNOTATION FOR ISBN -- 0446672769 TITLE: BEACHCOMBING AT MIRAMAR BY BODE RICHARD C0In this "restful book about the companions we choose and the pace at which we live our lives" ("Los Angeles Times"), the bestselling author of "First You Have to Row a Little Boat" recounts his decision to leave an unfulfilling career and move to a small beach cottage. There, as… See more details below
EDITING ANNOTATION FOR ISBN -- 0446672769 TITLE: BEACHCOMBING AT MIRAMAR BY BODE RICHARD C0In this "restful book about the companions we choose and the pace at which we live our lives" ("Los Angeles Times"), the bestselling author of "First You Have to Row a Little Boat" recounts his decision to leave an unfulfilling career and move to a small beach cottage. There, as he walks on the beach and observes the people around him, Bode gradually gains insight into many of the deep mysteries of life.
Jettisoning a marriage of 30 years, Bode takes to the beachcomber's life along California's lovely Miramar coast. He troops up and down the strand, musing on the human condition. These pensées are the fruits of his ambulations. He cherishes the child's wonder, the free life: "Like a migratory bird, I move by instinct, my behavior governed by forces beyond myself." Vraiment. But without leisure and means, said lifestyle is little more than figment. The force at work here is of the white-male-with-connections variety; soft touchdowns await, a phone call away. Money is vulgar, Bode informs readers, then churlishly turns on his wife over their settlement. "I had earned the money, but I didn't need it. She hadn't earned the money, but she did need it . . . She acquired financial security; I purchased my freedom." Such honesty, hombre. Money is vulgar, though he would be nowhere without its reference points. "I might have been a millionaire; I mean that literally." He was a successful public relations man; big bucks awaited; he declined (though the river ran deep and Bode knew where to cast): "It astounds me when I think of the courage it takes to live, to behave as we want to." Most of his time is spent otherwise: crawling over parental injustices, dismissively laughing at a man confusing a sea lion with a dog, patronizing a relative who abandoned the piano. Follow your star, urges Bode, even in a relationship: "He can have his perceptions and she can have hers and the two don't have to jibe." A couple of pages later, though, he notes what a shame it is when two people "don't respond to the world about them in the same way."
Pretentious, aimless, worthless.
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