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Three Weeks with My Brother [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Sparks , Micah Sparks
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When bestselling author Sparks (The Notebook; Message in a Bottle; etc.) receives a brochure offering a three-week trip around the world, it's not hard for him to persuade Micah, his older brother, to join him in touring Guatemala's Mayan ruins, Peru's Incan temples, Easter Island, the killing fields in Cambodia, the Taj Mahal and Ethiopian rock cathedrals. His account of the trip is refreshingly honest and perceptive. At each stop, the brothers, both deeply committed to their families, cover the crucial moments in a life full of familial love and tragedy: Nick's role as the middle child always feeling left out; his marriage in 1989; the loss of Nick and Micah's mother two months later after a horseback riding accident; the death of Nick's first baby and the physical problems of his second son; the death of their father in a car accident; and the passing of their younger sister from a brain tumor. As the brothers travel together through these mythical sites and share candid thoughts, they find themselves stunned by fate's turns, realizing that a peaceful moment may be shattered at any time. Weaving in vignettes of tenderness and loss with travelogue-like observations, Sparks's account shows how he and his brother both evolved on this voyage. "Somehow there was a chance we could help each other, and in that way, I began to think of the trip less as a journey around the world than a journey to rediscover who I was and how I'? developed the way I did."
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Who wouldn't want to go on a trip around the world? When best-selling novelist Sparks receives a travel brochure from his alma mater, Notre Dame, he thinks, "If not now, then when?" and asks his brother to join him. They both have family obligations, but this sounds like the trip of a lifetime, and as the reader soon finds out, they both need to relax. As they journey to faraway places, the brothers reminisce about their unusual childhood. Instead of the idealistic life readers may imagine, their early years were marked by poverty, although redeemed by their mother's great love. Their father was a graduate student working several jobs to support the family, and the boys, best friends as well as brothers, led an independent life filled with adventure, derring-do, and responsibilities beyond their years. This is a rare opportunity for readers to get to know a favorite author as Nicholas reveals the inspirations for his fiction. A must-read for Sparks fans as well as a treat for those who want to find out what makes a family strong. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446532444
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 5 2004)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1L5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Discovery of Hope, Love and Faith May 1 2004
Format:Hardcover
Nicholas Sparks hit a snag while writing his most recent novel. He diverted his attention to the mail and saw a brochure from the alumni office of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. The offering is a three-week trip around the world titled "Heaven and Earth." The idea kindles a fire within him, and the spark ignites his passion. His wife, Cathy, responsible for the daily needs of five children, declines to go with him. But she encourages him to take the trip as a break from his hectic work schedule. Micah, Sparks's brother, packs his bag and the two set off for "Lands of the Sky Worshippers."
Sparks writes with special fervor about their experiences during the globe-circling event. Micah's fun-loving personality contrasts with the introspectiveness of his brother. Together, they absorb the vast panorama of knowledge open to them. But each reacts to places they visit in a different manner. While Micah sees the humor in a centuries-old statuary, Nicholas cites the historic value to civilization that each place has given. From ruins of the Incan and Mayan tribes to the mysteries of Easter Island, the brothers visit cultural wonders and relate to them with reflections upon their childhood.
Not only is THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER a journal of their travels to exotic places, it also contains personal memories jarred into their present by the sights they witness. The Sparks brothers grew up in a family that, today, would be hard put to term functional. Poverty was the veil that clouded them from birth into adolescence. Both parents struggled to earn a subsistence living for their two sons and daughter Dana.
The brothers recall a family vacation to the Grand Canyon while they bask on the beach in Roratonga, in the South Pacific.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Skip the Travelogue, Read the Memoir June 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
If anyone advised Nicholas Sparks to abandon couching his memoir within a travelogue, he should have paid attention. Sparks's thoughts about the wondrous places he visits -- Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Agra, among others -- are silly and shallow. Plus he and his nominal co-author brother proudly portray themselves as buffoons and philistines. You want to slap them both on the back of the head and tell them to at least be quiet if they can't behave.
On the other hand, the bulk of the book, which details the series of tragedies that have overwhelmed the brothers' adult lives -- deaths of parents and a sibling, as well as the rearing of an autistic child -- is sad but compelling, and ultimately encouraging, because it is written from the heart.
I also think another book -- perhaps it will take the form of a novel -- needs to be written about the Sparks' mother. Nicholas professes unblemished love and respect and devotion to the woman, who died tragically at 47, just weeks after his marriage. However, she was a complicated character whose parenting of her three children was often questionable at best. Perhaps additional time is needed for him to examine her -- and his own feelings about her -- more honestly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Sparks delivers once again!!! Feb. 21 2014
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This book was one of the best books I have ever read. In true Nicholas Sparks style he writes straight from the heart. I highly recommend this book!! You won't be disappointed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply magical Sept. 6 2013
By Sylvie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would recommand it to everyone. It's good for the soul. It also shows how close brothers can be. Thank you Nicholas Sparks for sharing all of that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three weeks with my brother June 13 2013
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Loved it!!! Have read all your books! I'm sorry for your loss but glad to get to know your family! Keep writing! Look forward to anything new!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written! July 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is a different kind of book but wonderful! Any Sparks fan will love this! You will laugh and cry. Have some tissues nearby and enjoy! Fan for life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
I was not familiar with Nicholas Sparks' work when I saw this book at a local store. But after reading the inside flap, I thought it would be worth checking out. I was interested in hearing more about his relationship with his brother. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. He has a wonderful style that is easy and quick to read. He is very honest and shows who he really is and where he has come from. I think this book has wide appeal because, even though he grew up very poor, his adventures/experiences are very similar to those of average Americans. It's very relatable. I have laughed and cried while reading this book and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has siblings. My relationship with my brother is sacred to me. Mr. Sparks has a way of showing just how profound sibling relationships can be. I am thoroughly impressed by this book and plan to check out his other works.
I just think this book is real and I can relate so well to the stories he tells about his family and growing up the way he did. This book was not meant to be a travel book, though it covers travel. This book was not meant to be a religious book, though religion is important to Mr. Sparks. I think this book was meant to honor his family and show the love that Sparks has for his wife, children, mother, father, sister, and brother. It is heart warming and very hard to put down. Mr. Sparks is able to use words to describe feelings, thoughts, and emotions that most of us couldn't begin to describe. I highly recommend this book and will definitely purchase a copy for my brother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and moving story
I was a bit sceptical when I picked up this book but was pleasantly surprised. I thought it would be a detailed account of the three week trip but this is a actually a beautiful... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2006 by JBB
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Just as moving as his bestselling books in fiction, Nicholas Sparks's, along with his brother,gives us this unique memoir. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars "Three Weeks" is a great read
Like many others who have reviewed this book, I have read all of Nicholas Sparks' previous books. I completely enjoyed reading this book as well. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by "mnhynes"
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book!
I really enjoyed the inside look at the Sparks family and thier lives. I really liked finding out all the things that inspired his other stories :)
Published on July 13 2004 by K. Geiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Rejoice - Faithful Yet New!
What a fantastic book! I have long been a fan of the fiction of Nicholas Sparks. "A Walk to Remember" is one of my favorite books of all time. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by jennifer farnsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Summer Reading
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Spark's family and about the journey around the world and through childhood of these two brothers. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by L. P Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars A VIVID VOICE PERFORMANCE
Who wouldn't want to go on a trip around the world, especially in the company of bestselling author Nicholas Sparks? Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Gail Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars A VIVID VOICE PERFORMANCE
Who wouldn't want to go on a trip around the world, especially in the company of bestselling author Nicholas Sparks? Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Gail Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Must Read!
This book made me laugh and made me cry -- literally! It was wonderful to read, and so refreshing. The writing is humorous and touching, and all the more interesting because it... Read more
Published on July 11 2004
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