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Book Review: Odyssey of a Gemini: Autobiography of a Baby Boomer by BK

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My first impression of this compelling book, Odyssey of a Gemini, was to wonder why the author did not use his full name. Why only the initials BK? If the idea was to maintain his anonymity, then why not use a pen name? The mystery continues throughout the book and the reader is never privy to the author’s real name.

Entertaining to say the least, it held my attention from one page to the next. The author has led a varied and very interesting life. From chef to shipping manager to business owner and many others in between, BK managed to fall into some prominent positions in the course of his working years. Along the way, he mentions meeting some famous people and others that later became quite famous but at the time he met them, were just average citizens.

Odyssey of a Gemini conveys a very detailed account of the author’s life, sometimes to a fault. The reason for this is the side trips the story takes when describing certain situations that took place in the course of his life. Courtship, marriage, having children, and finally divorce; BK takes the reader on a trip down the tumultuous road he’s traveled. He makes no excuses for it and tells it like it is, tender and feeling in some places, raw and disturbing in others. Then there is the extreme sadness that overcomes the reader when BK mentions the problems with his newborn son. The many operations the baby had to have and the author’s feelings when the little boy died.

Much can be said about autobiographies. Some can be quite boring and a pain to read while others are exciting, interesting, and fun to peruse. Odyssey of a Gemini is one that was fun to read. It had its moments of mixed emotions. Excitement, times that made you laugh, the agony of defeat, the sadness of death, and the joy of accomplishment. They are all here, wrapped up in a nice little 340-page package.

I think  Odyssey of a Gemini is worth looking at if you like reading about ambitious people. With its detailed accounts of the author’s business dealings, his success and failure, it can be a guide for anyone contemplating a career in business. I give the book a B- because of some editing issues but, overall, the book is well worth a look.

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