4 out of 4 stars
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Don't Re 'Tire', Re 'Fresh'! by Rafiq is directed at older readers that have worked throughout their lives and hope to spend their autumn years hibernating. In the author's opinion, there's a lot more to experience in life, and that is the time to refresh and not retire. Rafiq shows us how much more there is to life by employing personal stories of delightful coincidences on his travels all over the world, including India, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, Isreal, Egypt, Turkey, and 17 states in the US, with his wife.
"Let not days pass like water through a sieve, For youth! For youth! what would I not give; Weigh each day in silver and gold, Be Alive! Be Alive! Not tired and old!"
The first things that I like about the book are the author's writing style and his incorporation of poetry as he tells short stories. A good example of a short poem included in the book is the quote in the previous paragraph. Expertly applying figures of speech and descriptive writing, the author through his poems fully encompassed the key theme of the book brilliantly. This ensures that the book will elicit happy emotions from readers, as they will feel the author's message of living a more fulfilled life in their later years. The same level of description is not translated in other areas of the book, however, and this influenced the concise nature of the book.
The short stories in the book comprise new relationships formed by Rafiq and his wife through their travels, meeting people coincidentally with close ties to people they know, and adventures, including accidentally getting on a wrong train and having to jump off to avoid a fine of 300 dollars. The stories were easy to connect to, and the nuggets of wisdom offered right after were the icing on the cake. Pictures are also included to give readers a good idea of what is discussed at different points of the book.
Furthermore, Rafiq takes us on a quick tour of the places they have visited. The Maori village in New Zealand where he and his wife renewed their vows was one of my favorites, as they lost their luggage but still put it behind them to have a wonderful experience. I also learned about pink sand beaches in Bermuda, different delicacies in Peru, the first modern-day Olympic stadium in Greece, and a brief history of the "Soong Sisters" of China.
I found just one minor error while reading. Therefore, Don't Re 'Tire', Re 'Fresh'! is a well-edited book, and this ensured that my reading flow was maintained throughout. I even finished the book in one sitting.
All things considered, Don't Re 'Tire', Re 'Fresh'! is an intriguing and inspirational book. I learned quite a lot from reading it, and I can't think of anything that I disliked about it. The author passes a clear message, and he also encourages readers to try new things in their own way. I rate this book 4 out of 4 and would recommend it to older readers interested in living a more fulfilled life. People that enjoy reading travel books may also enjoy this book.
Don't Re 'Tire', Re 'Fresh'!
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