Awakening in the Northwest Territories: One man's search for fulfilment

Awakening in the Northwest Territories: One man's search for fulfilment

by Alastair Henry Henry

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BN ID: 2940148625452
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Awakening in the Northwest Territories, is my first published work. I am penning two other books for Boomers: one on International Volunteering and one on Budget Back Packing, for publication in 2014. For the last ten years I have been an International Development volunteer in Asia, India, South America and the Caribbean, and I now reside in Southern Ontario.

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Awakening in the Northwest Territories: One man's search for fulfilment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this memoir. It was a page turner and speaks to all man. In it we follow the fortunes of a man from an underprivileged background and with a repressive mother who has very little confidence, but manages to overcome it. Determined to better his family's life (and his own), he studies while working at a job, and he then scales the ladder of the commercial world. However, approaching fifty, having gone through a divorce and feeling somewhat disillusioned with his life, he goes to work in the Northwest. There,he encounters an entirely different world and has to make great adjustments to an altogether different society inorder to do his job and fit into his new community . This is the main part of the book, and in it we are shown the strange, laid-back and fascinating world of the Nene. But the author does not simply describe their ways - each story he tells of his attempts to shows how they are - educational story-telling at it's best. Some of the stories are hair-raising, some are humorous, and some are tragic, and although you might tell from the writing,(simple and clear) that he was an accountant rather than a literary figure, all is very well described. Fortunately for the reader, he does not dwell on the break-up his various relationships, and unlike many other memoir writers; they are simply mentioned and not dwelt upon. Through what he writes, we see how his view of the world is changed, and how he ends up reading Buddhist writings, and eventually goes off to work on aid projects,( then that's covered in his next book which I' haven't yet read.) An altogether illuminating book about one man's odyssey/leaning curve and achieving final equilibrium.
AchintAggarwal More than 1 year ago
Thanks for writing this excellent and absorbing book, Mr. Henry This is an excellent memoir written in a plain language. I wish I could get my hands on more books like these. This is exactly how memoirs should be written. Thankfully there are not too many idle philosophical musings which would have bored me to death. Rather this book is realistic and full of action from start to finish. The opening chapters of the book describe a seemingly timid Henry for whom even a mere dream is enough to leave him with the feelings of confusion and helplessness: “I was eleven when I first had the dream, or whatever it was, as I’m not quite sure. It wasn’t a nightmare, nor was it scary – it was just exhausting, and caused me to break out into a sweat and wake up. I wouldn’t have remembered it had it only occurred the once, but it didn’t. It came back many times over the next three or four years, and each time it left me feeling weak and puzzled. And it wasn’t as if I could opt out of the dream whenever I wanted to because I couldn’t.” Who would have thought that this boy would not only be able to adjust himself to the harsh, cold weather of Canada’s Northern Territories but also adjust himself to the lifestyle and culture of the aboriginal Dene people there who are like, culturally speaking, ages far behind Henry. Yet that is exactly what he did. Would anyone leave his family and corporate business success far behind for an adventure like this which is full of pitfalls? But Henry did just that. He describes his travels in a very lucid language which makes it easy for almost anyone to relate to his journey. From the book’s blurb and description I had thought that this book is not my cup of tea, but a few pages down I realized how wrong I was! The book is filled with photos which make it an even more fascinating read. The epilog is about what he’d learned from his spiritual journey of self-fulfillment. “When one considers how much more we know about everything today than we did a hundred years ago, and how the quality of life for the average person has improved with time, we can be hopeful that in future generations, the “ideological differences” problem and “the fame and money” obsessions will get resolved, and man, as a life species, will become much more enlightened and happier.” Amen to that, and thanks for writing this excellent and absorbing book, Mr. Henry. I for one admire your courage and perseverance; it is truly commendable.