The Lullaby Illusion

The Lullaby Illusion

by Susan Joyce


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939217885
Publisher: Peel Productions
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Journeys , #1
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

He's Dead! 1
What Kind of Hat? 11
Do I Dare? 23
Paradise? 33
Freedom Cards? 43
I Am? 57
The Box 67
Hurrah? 79
Dead or Alive? 95
Worst Over? 107
Déjà Vu? 123
Choices? 131
Empowered 141
Napalm? 149
Sitting Ducks? 159
Good News, Bad News 169
Fire! Run! 177
Red Dots? 189
Mr. Perfect? 197
God? 207
It's Time 215
Die? Not I! 223
I Am 237
Never Settle for Less 247
Shop Around 255
Surprise! 263
Mainhattan 269
Fog 277
Get Checked 287
Goin' Strong 295
Why Not? 303
Dreams 315
Rose Garden 325
All There Is? 335
Epilogue 343

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating memoir that reads like a novel. I know Susan Joyce’s memoir, THE LULLABY ILLUSION, is non-fiction, yet it reads like fiction -- delivering all the tension and thrills one expects from a suspense novel. In fact, with the way it portrays the cold war era of the 1970s, along with its vivid descriptions of traveling through Europe and the Middle East, it reminded me of a Helen MacInnes cold war era suspense novel. The places, people and situations in this book are absorbing in the same way the situations and characters in a MacInnes novel are absorbing. I would say Ms. Joyce has led a very interesting life. I’m glad she’s chosen to share this part of it with us. Ms. Joyce employs a series of time switches in her memoir to help the reader understand and absorb the entire story, but the bulk of the action takes place in Europe in the seventies. It vividly chronicles her time spent in “paradise” (as the author refers to Cyprus) where she was living in 1974 during the Greek coup d’état and the Turkish invasion I was riveted as I read her harrowing and tense account of being caught between the warring factions. She was fortunate to survive. The heart of the story, though, is her reaction to the grim reality of coming to terms with betrayal by the person she should have been most able to trust, her husband. Was he a double agent? Did he have something to do with the war in Cyprus? Did she ever truly know him? In choosing how to react to these questions, and his betrayal, she finds herself paying attention to her dreams and intuition, which act as guides to finding self-fulfillment and reinventing herself both creatively and personally. Ultimately, this is a life-affirming story, as a good memoir should be. It shows how we can turn heartache into triumph. It all depends on how we choose to react. As I closed the book with a sigh of satisfaction, I found myself pondering how life gives us many opportunities to become who we really are, if we are wise enough to be paying attention. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this book it was keeping my interest easily yet it had a bit of a rambly quality. As Susan says in the book-that's it exactly-'scattered thoughts'. At the beginning we are in 2008, then flashing back to when she lived in Cyprus and back slightly later in Germany-yet it's easy to follow and has an exciting snappy style. I soon got into the structure of the book and it provided very interesting reading. It's written in quite a different style, refreshing, a conversational style, packing lots of points in. I've just read quite a long novel which was very detailed-I felt I was skimming through this one because the writing style is so quick and snappy, like meeting a friend you haven't seen for ages and getting so much news in as you feel you have to tell all you can in the limited time you're seeing them. Susan has lived in so many places, it's hard for me to keep up! Israel, Mexico, LA, Cyprus, Stuttgart etc. I like the format where each chapter tells where she is and the date. Page layout is very easy on the eye-spacing between the lines etc. Susan has visionary dreams-she even saw her husband Charles with another woman and could recognise her. I wonder does she see things in dreams just when bad things are going to happen? Or does Susan see good things too? Does she see us there with our kindles reading her book?! Susan tells of her miscarriages and the stillbirth of her baby, her divorce and then her husband wanting her back. Susan is caught up in a war while she lives in Cyprus. Tales of torture, frightening experiences, explosions very scary circumstances. Falling debris, huddled under stairs with neighbours then under the table. It all sounds absolutely terrifying. Windows shattering, paint dropping off walls, right in the thick of it all. I just can't imagine how terrible it was to have experienced all this. There are many radio bulletins included from those times. It made me so sad to hear the one about pets not being allowed to evacuate with their owners. A powerful and emotional chapter. Devastation and harrowing stories of people now left with nothing. Example of making do when you really have to eg. to keep warm when nothing with you. Many times I found myself exclaiming 'Oh God' whilst reading this- An American man is shot through the hand, Susan tells of conditions and inconveniences at the camp, eg. insects. Nothing to eat at camp for about two days and then UN brings hot soup for everyone. Susan later makes a name for herself as an artist having many exhibitions. Batik sounds very impressive. Red dots on several of her pictures as they've been sold yet Susan seems surprised and unassuming. The chapter where she goes to Capri makes lovely reading. Susan's sense of fun shows through the writing. Beautiful descriptions of the surroundings eg. when holidaying with Michael. Some very interesting and amusing items eg. where she had a dish at a restaurant-it's delicious but they can't understand what cut of meat it is: the waiter brings a chart of meat cuts and Susan can't believe what she's just eaten and enjoyed so much! How hard it must have been for her to hear of her sisters' next pregnancy and not one baby but twins when Susan had had so many miscarriages and a still birth. Such a positive outlook on life especially considering what she's been through. I got really immersed in this book. What's bad liver breath-re the dog Brownie? Does it mean he had liver failure? Our that his breath smelt like liver? Liver cooking or raw? I was shouting at the book at one point-Annoying! Just as it's getting interesting with some new male company for Susan-she flashes back to 1974!!!!! She really knows how to pace the book and keep the reader hooked. Terrible what they found there on returning to their town after the conflict. This memoir is not what I expected and that's what makes it all the more interesting. This memoir doesn't recount life from childhood-it alternates between the devastation of being caught up in a war zone in Cyprus and her time in Germany, meeting her husband, her struggles to have a baby, divorce, starting a new life. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it once it flashed back to the war scenes-my own short-comings; I didn't really know anything about this conflict and thought I wouldn't follow things easily but I soon got into the style of Susan's memoir and liked the format. Different, refreshing, gripping. Lovely, rich detail. Still tinged with a bit of humour even though lots of difficult things in the book. Wonderful. The Epilogue really affected me, it rounded off Susan's memoir perfectly. Some very sad conclusions and I filled up reading this. Good things too. A great book. Just perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lullaby Illusion is an exquisitely executed memoir, which leaves you spell-bound as you follow Susan's metamorphosis; as she loses herself in her husband, the enigmatic Charles, following their dream travelling the world.Through miscarriages, betrayals and escaping war torn Cyprus to her re-awakening in Germany as an accomplished artist, Susan eloquently tells her story. The characters leap off the page, you can actually hear the dialogue, feel her fear, sadness and joy - it is easy to forget that this is a memoir and not fiction. I would love to see The Lullaby Illusion made into a film, and I hope she writes more about her life, and soon.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening by Susan Joyce is the story of an American woman and the situations she faced in her life while living in Europe and the Middle East. The story takes you to the time when Susan was living in Cyprus and how the coup affected normal life. She finds her life changing as a border refugee. Later she gets rescued from a boat in the Indian Ocean. Along with the story of her survival and resilience runs the story of her miscarriages and tragic still-birth. The setbacks see her reinventing herself as an artist. The memoir is a compelling read. The military coup and getting trapped in the middle of a war, a failing marriage, and a suspicion that her husband is a spy give many dimensions to the theme. There is a lot of action and emotion happening in the story which makes it fast paced and exciting. Her travel descriptions lend color to the story. The book sees the transformation of the author from a housewife to that of a confident and determined woman. The dialogues are rich, the travel descriptions are detailed, adding to the visual appeal of the scenes. As extras, the history and humor make it a beautiful memoir. I found the book inspiring, sad, beautiful, humorous and it will strike a chord within readers on many levels. It is a remarkable and truly inspiring story. Though her story is scary and dangerous in the beginning, it ends on an uplifting note. There are so many dimensions and levels to the author's experiences that make it an engaging read.