The Curse of Iqbal

Memoir of a Ship Broker's Son: Adventures in Robbyland

Non-Fiction - Memoir
130 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2015
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Author Biography

The author recovers from potentially permanent brain damage and is told to expect a physically compromised life. But to him the gift of another hack at it means only that life will become a daily adventure. While his peers are coming home from Vietnam in body bags, he picks himself up as if the world was the same as he had known before his unconsciousness. Through periods of isolation and wanderlust, and an on again off again go in an arcane corner of international business, he embraces serial retirement and world citizenship. Harboring a thirst for more, he privately cherishes the passion of a ten year old. At seventy years now, he regales in this debut memoir the front end of the journey back from near death, from the halcyon school years, learning to play golf alongside fourteen year old Cadet Corporal Donald Trump at the military school they both attended.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

After a head-on collision that killed two people, author Robert Stephen Hamlin finds himself waking from unconsciousness in a hospital bed in the ICU. After a year full of operations and physical therapy to relearn simple tasks like walking, Robert recovers from potentially permanent brain damage. His doctors say his life will be one of limited physical activity. But Robert recovers to become stronger not only in his body, but also in his spirit and mind. Another chance to live enables him to see that life should be a daily adventure.

I loved the attention to detail in The Curse of Iqbal: Memoir of a Ship Broker's Son by Robert Stephen Hamlin. Every scene of this memoir showed me exactly what I needed to see and I could picture those objects, the characters, the setting with absolutely stunning detail. Sometimes authors can be really vague in their descriptions or forget to describe at all, so having that detailed description was something I really appreciated. It is so nice when the reader and the author are on the exact same page and are seeing, smelling, touching, and hearing the exact same things.

I love the pages about Donald Trump. It's a timely topic right now and people are very interested in anything to do with "the Donald." I think readers will love the inspiring message in this book; that no matter what happens to us in life we should take it with a pinch of salt and keep moving forward. Just the fact that Robert Stephen Hamlin was able to write this book should be seen as a huge inspiration.