Like many baby boomers, David Haldane got swept into the turbulence of the late 1960s and early '70s, first as a radical activist and then a writer for an underground newspaper. Eventually, after self-imposed exiles in Europe and Mexico, he married, started a family and graduated to a significant position in mainstream journalism from which he chronicled many of the events that shaped an era. But Haldane always longed for something more, a "green leafy space" in which he could feel at peace. Finally, after a painful divorce, he found it in an unconventional way; with a dark-haired woman met on the Internet and wooed on the exotic islands of the Philippines. Nazis and Nudists is a series of poignant - and sometimes humorous - essays recounting that long journey. It is a story of love lost and love found. More importantly, it is about the lifelong spiritual quest for a place to call home.
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I just finished reading Nazis and Nudists by David Haldane. I have to admit that it was the title of the book that got my attention first, and when I read a summary of the writer's credentials on the back cover I was quite impressed and purchased the book. Also, I realized that the author and I were close in age, hence I could relate very easily to the events he experienced in his life especially the period of the late 1960's when the war in Viet Nam was raging. Attending college under a student deferment and having to deal with the decisions of the local draft board while trying to avoid being conscripted into the army was not a very pleasant experience nor was the constant turbulence on college campuses in protest of an unjust war. Quite a contrast to the current college protests demanding reimbursement for student loans and the guarantee of a free college education. This book, though, was not simply a commentary about the war in Vietnam. Rather it was a detailing of the author's experiences in his life as he searched for what he called a "green leafy space," — a place where mind and body could find peace and contentment. Isn't that something for which we all search for but seldom find? I envy the author in that he found his special place. I hope someday that I too will find that place. I have always enjoyed reading books that are rich with imagery and the use of figurative language, and Mr. Haldane is a master at that. There were so many passages in the book that I read over and over again out of admiration for the author's skilled use of the English language. As I approached the end of the book, I felt a feeling of remorse come over me because this wonderful read was drawing to a close. I heartily recommend this book to anyone regardless of age who is seeking that "green, leafy space."