The Long Passages

Paths of Self-Discovery

Non-Fiction - Memoir
434 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2018
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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

The Long Passages: Paths of Self-Discovery by Paul Winder is a wonderful memoir, taken from a long life lived contentedly and freely. The Long Passages is really a collection of anecdotes, short sketches of memorable incidences, and Paul’s insights based on his life experiences. The book is divided into a few broad sections such as early family life and background, memories of living and working on a farm, school and college life, his teaching career, living in New York as well as Florida, his experiences and insights from counseling students for a large part of his life, his love and appreciation of nature and the simpler things in life, and more. In each of these sections are many short stories and memories of a lifetime of reminiscences.

What I really liked about The Long Passages: Paths of Self-Discovery by Paul Winder was ultimately the fact that Paul comes across as a genuine, warm, and wholesome human being. This is what makes his memoir even more interesting to me. He has a very engaging and subtly humorous writing style that makes for a fun read. It is also instructive to hear about his experiences on a farm and living in the pre-Civil Rights era when racism was more overt and rampant, and he doesn’t hesitate to share his experiences candidly regarding this. This book is like a trip down Memory Lane of America’s last several decades and it is refreshing to come across someone who genuinely seems content with his life.