The book has 11 chapters.
Excerpts from a few chapters of the book–choose the excerpts you would like to read.
Chapter 1 - The End at Hand
The victim of an incurable disease, Joman prepares to die.
Chapter 2 - Prior Events
How did Joman’s father, an immigrant, meet his mother? What was the wedding like? What was Joman’s father’s nickname?
Chapter 3 - Tormented Passion
Joman’s birth, his father’s extra-marital affair, and the other dramas that take place within a family.
Chapter 4 - Struggle
Thus begins the struggle between active Joman and his anxious mother. The dynamic of the nuclear family.
Chapter 5 - Life's Defeats
Joman begins to get along with other boys, attend school, and experience his first disappointments outside the home. The suffering he passes through during his early years—a secret pre-teen crush, the difficulties he had fitting in, the anxieties and humiliations, the desperate efforts to have close relations with others and be respected, as well as the hazards—are the themes of this chapter, which extends up to the age of eighteen.
Chapter 6 - The Other World
In spite of his fears, Joman moves to another town. How his Shyness influences his choices such as those related to work. The first victories. His first real girlfriend at the age of twenty-five. His marriage. The suffering and harm caused by his Shyness.
Chapter 7 - The Other World
Before the age of thirty, he is stricken with a life-threatening illness. He and his wife struggle desperately to find a cure. The loss of hope. His return to his hometown to relive past experiences in a different way and fulfill his ultimate desire: to be free!
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