Reviews

A Small Company of Pilgrims

René Beauchemin is about to go on a life-changing experience. He just has no idea how life changing that experience is going to be! Now in his fifties, and with a divorce behind him, René has decided to take some time out for himself and go on a pilgrimage. The people René meets along the way will influence his life in ways he cannot even imagine.

A Small Company of Pilgrims by Robert Longpré travels in the footsteps of René as he discovers who he really is. Written almost in the form of a diary, the story allows the reader to go on the pilgrimage with René and experience the good and the bad of such an undertaking. But as long as there is coffee, and plenty of cafés then all will be well!

A Small Company of Pilgrims will appeal to those who enjoy spiritual reads. I enjoyed following René as he struggles with learning about himself and who he really is. There are a few surprising twists at the end of the book which made me say “Ah, of course, how did I not see that?”

There is a rhythm to this book that is uniquely compelling, and I was eager to follow René’s progress.

A very enjoyable read. Kudos, Robert Longpré.

Mary Yarde

It’s Complicated

This is a well-told biography-style story, especially interesting as it is seen through the eyes of a psychoanalyst. Woven into the tale of a man trying to put his life back together is a fascinating exploration of Jungian psychology and Buddhism. I have studied Jung, and the author applies some clever twists to Jung’s perspective on the human mind. Most endearing is the peace the main character,

Rene, achieves and disseminates through Buddhist principles.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn about therapy for 1/1000 the cost of actual therapy sessions. I learned a lot about myself as I enjoyed a very relaxing and engaging plot.

Patrick Dent

A Broken Boy

A incredible book about a large dysfunctional Canadian family where both parents abuse what turns out to be a not-so-observant Catholic family of nine kids. The father’s fierce, quick temper and his endless uprooting of the family across the Canadian expanse combine with sexual molestation from several family members and several Catholic priests, leaving the writer in perpetual depression, self-doubt and fear. It is the case study of a father out of control because of his demons. The author was born to teenagers who had to get married, but the father was constantly chasing dreams, changing jobs, embezzling or absconding with company funds or running from his creditors. The lived in more places that their changes of underwear, always leave the “broken boy” and the oldest to wipe baby behinds, do the housework for his deeply depressed, languid mother. Extremely bright and gifted, the boy “Benny,” constantly betrayed by his parents, eventually escapes the madness but is beset with a girlfriend saddled with her own demons and experiences from her abusive home. The book is a textbook on why our society is so screwed up from the worst forms of parental care failings — driven by alcohol, the abuse the parents had when they were children, poverty and other dark forces.

Lawn Griffiths

On the Broken Road

In book 2 Benjamin continues on his journey of self-discovery and healing through music, art and friendships. Along the way he met others who have also been hurt and tried to seek solace in alcohol, drugs and sex. In his darkest hour light finally shone through in the most unlikely manner – perhaps there’s redemption even in the worst of us. If you have ever felt alone in a crowd or suffered moments of despair in life you’ll recognize parts of yourself in this book.

Sandy Quinn