Synopsis

Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.

Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?

Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.

Throughout his life, people have laughed at ‘weirdo’ Martin; and you, as you read, will have plenty of opportunity to laugh, too. Go ahead, laugh away, but you’ll find that there’s also a serious side to all this…

Review Cultivating a Fuji by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a thought provoking book about who difficult it can be to show your true self!

Martin is for a lot of people a strange men. He is a fantastic computer programmer, but his social life is a disaster. He is peculiar and even at his work, he has almost no friends. Than, even if nobody has trust in his social abilities, he has to travel to Japan and is the one who has to be the saver of the company.

Back in time, I discover why Martin is so quiet and anxious. In his childhood, at school and as a student he already was different and just survived finally by protecting himself to escape. He decided to not feel anything more, but normally it’s impossible to escape reality.

Luckily is Japan the start of a new beginning. After the perfect deal Martin first has to sink even deeper and start over again.

Cultivating a Fuji is a very touching story about how hard it can be to fit in the crowd. Martin his character is well-developed and even the minor personalities have their own past and problems in this wonderful story.

This is a beautiful narration about real delicate matters, that is woven in a poignant story. I truly appreciate it when people stand up and tell about sensitive things. Such books make it easier to understand each other and make life more happily together. I do know now, I am high sensitive, but when I did know this as a kid it could made my life much easier. In the past, I felt myself often so different or alone and just like Martin I had to deal with myself and both we had to find the key to unlock the door. Just to point out people are not perfect, have feelings and not everything is how it looks….

Cultivating a Fuji is a fascinating way of telling about choosing your own path and the courage to show yourself to the world.

It is okay to be a real person with weaknesses and maybe after this book we can look behind the behavior but see the person…

Miriam Drori

Miriam Drori has decided she’s in the fifth and best stage of her life, and she’s hoping it’ll last for ever. It’s the one in which she’s happiest and most settled and finally free to do what she wants. Miriam lives in a delightful house and garden in Jerusalem with her lovely husband and one of three children. She enjoys frequent trips around the world. She dances, hikes, reads and listens to music. And she’s realised that social anxiety is here to stay, so she might as well make friends with it. On top of that, she has moved away from computer programming and technical writing (although both of those provided interest in previous stages) and now spends her time editing and writing fiction. Neiter here nor there (currently unavailable), a romance with a difference set in Jerusalem, was published in 2014. The women friends, co-written with Emma Rose Millar, is a series of novellas based on the famous painting by Gustav Klimt. Social Anxiety Revealed  (non-fiction) provides a comprehensive description of social anxiety from many different viewpoints. Cultivating a takes the social anxiety theme into fiction, using humour to season a poignant story.

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Titel: Cultivating a Fuji | Auteur: Miriam Drori | Uitgeverij: Independently Published | Categorie: Romans | Uitvoering: paperback  | 236 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781094806747 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 16-05-2019 | Prijs: €13,49 | Bestellen

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