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I finished reading Continental Drift and, first off, I'd like to say how much I was struck by the book's cover. If the Abbey was from a painting by Joanne Muller, the author¿s wife, where did the young woman come from? She's perfect¿a fitting image for the heroine. I wonder what it is about striking blue eyes! I was very intrigued by the author¿s description of running the picturesque hotel in Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders; and very quickly, with just the right set of examples, he gave a very vivid impression of what it's like to 'serve' and 'deal' with difficult customers or guests. Unfortunately Americans can be, and most often are, the worst. I'm not sure why, but it must have something to do with their bold, arrogant cultural upbringing. And goodness, what a tale, getting sucked into the Speedway crowd, representative of network marketing organizations with their 'religion of the affluent' and brash doctrines of wealth and materialistic lifestyles! So may people, like Eleanor, are so innocent, so trusting, so optimistic about and vulnerable to their glib dreams of success and wealth. Harry's involvement certainly got me feeling like Anne, his wife, who couldn't understand why he was putting up with it¿even for the sake of a good, strong dose of lust¿or love! Speaking of lust, Harry¿s own plight made me realize just how men ARE driven by lust! The portrayal of Harry with his obsession for Eleanor is a very honest picture of the main character--not very flattering at times, which makes him all the more 'real' and worth understanding, of course. Even he admits to those 'juvenile' weaknesses, and I'll bet some readers would call him juvenile or adolescent (especially women readers), but the fact is...men of all ages do feel randy at the sight of tits, or legs, on a woman! I wonder how many men that say they don't aren't facing up to the reality! They'd like to think they're 'above¿ all that, I dare say. Nevertheless, it was Eleanor with her biting blue eyes that gave Harry his first real taste of spirituality, which peaks at Hagar Qim, the pre-historic temple in Malta. I was there, right at that very spot, a few years back¿at sunset¿and my husband and I were the only people there... what a strange, eternal feeling that place has, beyond words, magical, as the author of Continental Drift describes it. And what a fitting way to have Harry, now falling away from Eleanor's aura, once again doubt his dream: 'In the end, he thought, every person was an island.' I was thinking, after I finished the book, that mainly it was about Sex¿lust and sex! Or, about a man trying to find gratification and even love in the midst of it. In my own novels (like Love in a Nutbag), there isn't much graphic sex at all, and yet the main focus is sensual. I wouldn¿t want to be as frank and blunt on that subject as the author of Continental Drift has been¿I¿d prefer to use more dramatic suggestion Yet one might ask, what's the sense in flowering over the physical mechanics of it when that's how it really is? Perhaps the 'ideal' is a heavy dose of all three: sex, love, and spirit. All were there in Continental Drift, and yet Harry kept getting bogged down with sex¿among other things, as we all do in real life! The South Africa section toward the end was gripping stuff. The characters seemed so real and spoke so authentically. They were very much alive¿just jumped out of the pages at you. The ending, to me, promised that we humans (or some of us, anyway) can indeed find an island among ourselves where we can live in peace, concentrating on the things that really matter. Screw the rest of the world! If only. Perhaps the author might one day write a sequel, to see how the islanders make out? Or would they¿eventually¿create their own version of pettiness, airs, quibbling, greediness? LISA AMMERMAN, FLORIDA
Humphrey Muller is such a good writer - he keeps the reader captivated, wanting to read on and on! He writes intelligently, yet his book is easy reading. Continental Drift came out of the blue through my letterbox. The novel was a well-meant present from a friend. But having a stock of unread books waiting to be enjoyed, I had absolutely no intention of reading Continental Drift for quite some time. You see, it reached me at the crucial time when I had decided to give my life a thorough face- and body-lift - if you know what I mean! Being taken in by the book's striking glossy orange-pastel cover, my fingers switched to automatic as they flicked through the pages. Unable to resist, I started reading bits here and there, as one does, and in no time I was well and truly hooked! I put the novel on my bedside table and read whenever I could steal the time to do so. Continental Drift is a novel, yet I sensed straight away that the story was based on the writer's up-and-down bobbing, often devastating life experiences. He almost stood before heaven's gate were it not for guardian angels in the form of two old ladies. In today's unsteady, complex world, many of us can identify with the writer's experiences. It proves once again that we are really all in the same boat and that life is not exactly a tea-party. Besides, the book is written in such a witty, captivating, easy to read style. And it's a learning experience, to boot. For me it certainly was! Are not the best and well-known authors grossly overrated while there is so much unknown, yet genuine talent, such as that of Humphrey Muller, out there? So why not read Continental Drift? You won't regret it! Monika Porvlik