Book: an ambulatory introspection

Book: an ambulatory introspection

the essential
By auscultating his daily life, the author tries to better understand who he is within who we are. “What do I have left of yesterday?” is an introspection that brought to light the capital contribution of the other.

The very mobile author’s logbook, which we follow from the Albigensians to Aunis, from the Tarn to the Atlantic coast, in a camper van or by bicycle, but also at sea, aboard his boat in the Bay of Biscay. A not unpleasant walk with diverse landscapes and unexpected encounters.

An active man, sporty, handyman, looking for a job or rather retraining, ready for a while to move to Canada but who remains faithful to his great Southwest. He speaks of his daughter, of friends designated by initials but appears rather alone.

His lower back pain is recurrent but the main thing is the questions he asks himself and that we often ask ourselves about our past and our future.

The questioning goes beyond the recent past to go back further: childhood, family, school. Are we formatted? How to become free? First, by asking questions to better position oneself in relation to others, in society and in the global economy.

Not really philosophy but relevant reflections on our conditioning.

Get out of it by writing

Are we realizing our teenage dreams and aren’t they still following us? Education can be castrating and religion alienating. Politics is the world of broken promises. Artistic creation is the royal road. Physical effort is important for our physical and mental health.

Solo sailing mobilizes all our abilities. At sea, our author reflects despite the multitude of operations necessary for navigation.

We follow this road movie with interest. Much to glean from what may seem banal. The teenager, whose teacher handing over his copy said: “Market, you are not great” was hurt but understood that we are doing too, perhaps by writing.

Philippe Marché, What do I have left of yesterday?, Verone Editions, 182p, €16.

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