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Book: Gunna Dan - an angel for everyone by Patrick Moloney

Book: Gunna Dan - an angel for everyone by Patrick Moloney

categories: Book, Angel, Co Clare Ireland, Kindness, Retirement, Plato, Plato's Republic, Socrates, Philosophy

Patrick Moloney

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The onset of retirement was for me a period of stress. I had spent 37 years in the world of education and I must say that I enjoyed it. My working life was of the greatest importance to me. Without it I would experience emptiness. Or so I thought.

I responded by becoming reflective, rather more reflective, about myself, my life - and life in general. I began to think more about my past. I began to review the opinions and beliefs that I had accumulated and perhaps cherished over life. I began to ask questions of myself. I challenged myself to come to terms more seriously with my importances, to become more acquainted with them, even perhaps to encounter them more meaningfully.

After retirement I went to live in Inagh, Co. Clare in Ireland. And believe it or not I took to thinking with gusto. I walked around the country roads in Co. Clare, note-book in hand. By no means did I start out to write a book. Instead I decided to write about Kindness. I had always admired the appearance of Kindness into my life. My father was a great example of it. He was a tolerant forgiving man. And many a time we were the grateful beneficiaries of his virtue.

As I made progress I realised that I was trying to clarify for myself the meaning of life. I was searching for some coherence. In my efforts I wanted to acknowledge that life is mysterious yet purposeful, so real and yet so magical. I wrote more and more. It was only later that I knew that I ought to publish my writings. What influenced me to structure the book was Plato's Republic. This was a book I was reading at the time. Plato's book presents the dialogue by Socrates into the definition and meaning of justice. He, along with some acquaintances, walks around the streets of Athens discussing the topic and in the process they strive for truth.

And so I ended up walking around the roads and the villages, the towns and the countryside of Co. Clare discussing issues of life with Gunna Dan. The journey was also one into the world of enlightenment and understanding, of wisdom and kindness and truth and spirituality.

The Writer's Digest – as part of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Book Awards, USA - wrote of Gunna Dan An Angel for Everyone : 'This is fine, honest, accessible writing; the narrative and dialogue flow, and the author's voice is strong.'

The US Review of Books wrote: 'Clearly and beautifully written, this well-researched book brings up ideas that will stretch the reader's mind and understanding.'

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