4 out of 4 stars
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Man mission by Eytan Uliel is a story of a group of men who were good friends that embark on yearly trips for the sheer purpose of adventure and to exercise their manliness. The book keeps one spell bound with the intriguing details of each mission which were a total of 10 missions. In each mission they return to the playfulness of their childhood and become like little boys again without a care in the world. Even though they each had very demanding jobs and families in reality.
I particularly love the vivid imagery and sense of humor portrayed throughout this book. As it was written from the first persons point of view (POV); in which case, he, the major character was the least manliest (in strength) of the group and often ended up with the despised ‘pink bracelet’- an object given to the person who showed signs of weakness and thereby goofing up in any of the adventures.
One thing stood out in all the missions, there seems to me there exist a kind of universal language every man respects! Or why else would a farmer leave his house in the bush opened to complete strangers and even providing them with every comfort they needed? Or how exactly does a traditional ruler welcome foreigners and treating them to the villages’ finest ritual of drinking and merriment? I tell you why, because men are fascinating creatures.
The book provides you the opportunity of seeing and appreciating life through a mans eye. I could feel their energies and enthusiasm with each trip and the exhaustion in their voices when they discussed their families. They didn’t have perfect lives and when they unwind they made it a habit to celebrate their wins and shortcomings in a spirit of friendship and genuine brotherhood. I find the dialogues authentic and unique. They exchanged hilarious and sarcastic emails so that I caught myself laughing out a number of times. One poetic line I particularly loved on page 95 was:
“Our feet kicking up clouds of dust that stuck to our sweat..”. Classy right?
I love their choices of places to go. I also enjoyed that every chapter concluded with a brief summary of the vital statistics that summed up that very trip.
Overall, I think the book was professionally edited as I found no grammatical or typographical error. There’s something off about the pages though as the first one I downloaded alternated between pages with fonts that were too tiny (almost micro) and normal. While the second download, (all ePub) had like 7 blank pages between every page. This coupled with the lengthy read (361 pages) made the book quite cumbersome to read.
I rate Man Mission by Eytan Uliel 4 out of 4 stars for doing a superb work of describing the adventure and life of four grown men who were young at heart. It’s a book that will appeal to lovers of adventure, family and even spiritual books. However, those who dislike adventure, travel and family drama may not find it appealing.
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