Debriefing: Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner

Posted on August 20, 2008. Filed under: Books, Personal Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Wisner can take any corporate bloke and turn him into a believer that traveling the world is more important and beneficial than work. This memoir was both original and similar and above all inspiring. Keep in mind that I am using the term inspiring to discuss a memoir about a man’s life after being left at the altar, seriously this book was powerful.  Not only a memoir, but a travel diary of epic proportions. 2 years of travel experiences, and memories that come together for a memoir that would make any seasoned traveler jealous.

Wisner was dealt the short end of the stick, even though the world around him thought he was successful; He worked in politics, and was good at his job. Additionally, Wisner thought he was with the love of his life, Annie, though Annie was currently experiencing emotional issues Wisner knew their connection would pull them through the wedding ceremonies and into newlywed bliss. It’s at this point that you realize that Wisner is wrong, yes he was good at his job, but Annie was not the love of his life, how typical of men.  Annie left Wisner with a wedding and honeymoon all to himself. Wisner knew there were two options at his point in the game; weep over lost money and love, or reconnect with himself and the undiscovered world around him.

Wisner’s brother, Kurt, accompanied him on his honeymoon, and the pair immediately knew that the honeymoon couldn’t end this quickly. They decided that having jobs was not the road for them, but that at this point in their lives the brothers needed to see the world and learn the cultures and continents that surrounded them. Sending family and friends post-cards documenting their travels it was a trip of a lifetime. The nursing home community of Eskaton was continually updated through their Grandmother, LaRue, about their travels and the boys soon realized that the trip was just not for their benefit but was also important to the elderly community eagerly following their trip.

While most people in the working community were appalled at the irresponsible act of quitting work and trekking the globe, the elderly community saw it is a golden opportunity, and by the end of the book you will find yourself wishing that you had the same chance. They were not irresponsible they were being educated by the real world and real cultures. Throughout the memoir it felt as though you were beside the brothers in a crowded bus in Africa or wandering the streets of Eastern European countries. The travel-log maintained a feeling of privilege for the brothers to have this chance and the underprivileged population that thrives in many poor cultures. The entire journey was recorded as a life lesson for Wisner that helped humble himself and truly appreciate the gifted lifestyle he had led.
While the book was marvelous in many ways, and recommended for travel-hungry folks of all ages, Wisner’s relationship blues grew a bit old after so many countries. Here Wisner was in, in exotic countries and far away places and he was thinking about her? How could he! This man was on the most liberating experience of his entire life and he was consumed with wanting her back. Honestly, if she had married him, he would have continued to be a political leader and lead the same life, this spiritual connection with his brother and world would never have been able to occur – Thank her Franz! It does open the reader’s eyes to the power of love though. I know for certain that if the love of my life walked out on me, even on a safari in Africa he would still cross my mind, at least for a little while.

As the memoir came to a close I was truly prepared for another trip, just one more adventure. Even days after finishing the book I feel as though I need to go back and read it again, I need to visit the countries and I need to get out of the 9-5 rat race to see the world and see what is waiting at my fingertips. Not only for travel purposes but to put priorities back into focus. Reading about lifestyles of other cultures makes me wonder why I am so caught up in work and disregard the idea of travel and play. Wisner correctly proves that while work pays the bills the food it creates does not feed the soul in the same way that travel and education do. In the end I’m left wondering, why do I work 9 – 5 every day?


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