Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

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Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they tell stories spanning more than fifty years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

At twenty-one, still a struggling actor living hand to mouth, Martin and his wife, Janet, welcomed their firstborn, Emilio, an experience of profound joy for the young couple, who soon had three more children: Ramon, Charlie, and Renée. As Martin’s career moved from stage to screen, the family moved from New York City to Malibu, while traveling together to film locations around the world, from Mexico for Catch-22 to Colorado for Badlands to the Philippines for the legendary Apocalypse Now shoot. As the firstborn, Emilio had a special relationship with Martin: They often mirrored each other’s passions and sometimes clashed in their differences. After Martin and Emilio traveled together to India for the movie Gandhi, each felt the beginnings of a spiritual awakening that soon led Martin back to his Catholic roots, and eventually led both men to Spain, from where Martin’s father had emigrated to the United States. Along the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path, Emilio directed Martin in their acclaimed film, The Way, bringing three generations of Estevez men together in the region of Spain where Martin’s father was born, and near where Emilio’s own son had moved to marry and live.

With vivid, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of this multitalented father’s and son’s work with other notable actors and directors, Along the Way is a striking, stirring, funny story—a family saga that readers will recognize as universal in its rebellions and regrets, aspirations and triumphs. Strikingly candid, searchingly honest, this heartfelt portrait reveals two strong-minded, admirable men of many important roles, perhaps the greatest of which are as fathers and sons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451643770
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 368,557
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Martin Sheen was born (and still is) Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez. Sheen is perhaps best known for his unforgettable performances in Badlands, Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, and as President Josiah Bartlet on television’s The West Wing. A longtime activist for social justice and human rights, he resides in Malibu, California, with Janet, his wife of fifty years.
Emilio Estevez is known for his roles in The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Mighty Ducks and as writer and director of The War at Home, Bobby, and The Way, films with substantive social subjects. He is coproprietor of Casa Dumetz vineyards in Malibu, with partner Sonja Magdevski, where they live.
Hope Edelman is the author of five prior nonfiction books, including the international bestseller Motherless Daughters. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Topanga Canyon, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book two days ago and can't put it down. This book is a beautiful insight of a father son duo. Reading this has helped me gain a better understanding of my brother and fathers relationship and even my sons and their father's relationship. I grew up watching Emilio and have so much respect for his work. Martin Sheen is a father/husband that takes his job seriously. I have learned so much about parenthood, marriage, and the relationships of fathers and sons by reading this book. I recommend this book to everyone. Its funny, heart warming, and full of beautiful advice. I have bookmarked pages and saved quotes I will use with my own boys. I will be reading this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and joyous love story! We should all be so lucky as to have this kind of relationship. The alternating between authors makes the read feel like a dialog between the two. Like the reader is sharing an intmacy intended for just the two of them. I became interested in the book because I am a huge fan of Emilio Estavez and even more so of Martin Sheen. But the fact that both father and son are well known and accomplished in their fields actually becomes an aside. The story is of love and respect and celebration for family, heritage and each other. Will this book win a Pulitzer? I doubt it. Will you be glad you read it? I think so.
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Loved it!
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