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Passage From England: A Memoir

November 15, 2016 - Comment

A lifetime of plans and dreams are packed into a container and shipped from Los Angeles to a Caribbean island; but for a writer and immigrant from post-WWII Europe, the past is hard to forget and even harder to leave behind. Passage From England is the emotional journey of a man’s search for home that

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A lifetime of plans and dreams are packed into a container and shipped from Los Angeles to a Caribbean island; but for a writer and immigrant from post-WWII Europe, the past is hard to forget and even harder to leave behind. Passage From England is the emotional journey of a man’s search for home that interweaves the adventures and tragedies of his childhood in America’s 50s and 60s with the experiences of early retirement in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The journey begins in 1956, crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner, arriving in New York Harbor, then traveling by train to the paper-thin suburbs of Tarzana, California. Peddling as fast as he can to keep up with the neighborhood kids and culture of Boomer America, the child struggles against his father’s alcoholism and growing violence, determined to find a way to belong in a world where the tanned, carefree girls from the affluent foothills seem just out of reach in the rock ‘n roll moonlight of adolescence. Told from two points of view spanning five decades, the multiple journeys of the child and the adult enrich one another, providing an understanding of the demons that pursued the family, and uncovering the spirit of endurance that was fostered within him.

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E. Savage says:

Excellent Memoir “…if I were to jump off the ship and try to swim back to him, back to home, back to England, the path would disappear in front of me just as quickly as I swam to it, and surely I would be lost.” So begins the author’s journey from his home in Lincoln, England to the promise of a new, more prosperous life in America, Los Angeles, and ultimately, the San Fernando Valley. Passage From England tells the heartwarming, sometimes funny, frequently tragic story of a young boy struggling to…

Corina C. says:

From Laughter To Tears You are thoroughly entertained and engrossed in the novel you are reading. Belly laughs erupt from deep inside as one of the characters drunkenly runs outside the family home in his underwear and begins to tear down the neighbor’s ugly fence. You snicker as neighbors run to gawk at the scene and the police are called. Then it hits you. This is not a fictional account. The novel you are reading is a memoir and as you continue to read the expertly crafted scene in Passage From England, the…

Wordcommando says:

Drama and Discovery in post-war America Zajaczkowski provides a unique perspective on the contemporary immigrant experience. Not only did he arrive from England on the eve of the “British Invasion,” but his family roots in pre-war Poland give the story an even broader historical resonance. The narrative spans 50 years but is never tedious. He keeps the action going and offers, at times, an almost poetic profundity to certain life-episodes and rites of passage. 

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