Book: Dance On the Wild Side by Roland Cheek
|5 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Roland Cheekabout this book: The Midwest Book Review wrote: "Dance On the Wild Side is terrific reading, part true life adventure, part inspiration, and part blueprint for a life worth living." Those paragons of sainthood could not possibly have nailed it more cogently and concisely! I've read that anyone should be able to condense any book's salient features to twenty-five words or less--the reviewers at Midwest used by twenty-two.
Though the above review's "What" is clear, and the "When,"Where," and "Who" must surely be revealed to any casual browser, but the "Why" still seems wanting. The book is about the restlessness of the perpetrating "Who" and the fact that they kicked over the traces "When" it had not yet become fashionable for a later generation called "hippies" to opt out of a life they saw as an endless merry-go-round. The flight of the authors of "Dance On The Wild Side" from a circumscribed life led to the wildest mountains of wilderness Montana:their "Where".
Now, the only thing left for clarity's sake is "How" did they do it? Roland and Jane Cheek laid their saga out over a full 336 pages, and some of it isn't all they wished it to be: the financial crises that let her in tears, and the underlying belligerence in him that created unwonted difficulties during their pursuit of dreams. Despite the rough spots, the couple thrived by becoming a team--a team in love--a team that "Damned the torpedoes, full speed ahead".
Actually "Dance On the Wild Side" is about any couple in love, with a few years behind them, who're pursuing their dream. Their dream might be to own a taxicab in New York City, or a farm in Kansas. But if they dream together and work together and sacrifice together to achieve that dream--why, that's us!
Our locale just happened to be the most beautiful, wildest, most remote part of America.
That's what the guys and gals at Midwest Book Review said, wasn't it?
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