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When Joe Di Bona was in his twenties,
he traveled for fourteen months in France and Italy.
Di Bona kept a journal
during this time.
In it he jotted down
what he saw, how he felt and his observations of human nature.
Fifty years later he
un-earthed these writings, dusted them off and had them published.
A Wayward Journey of
Love and Dreams is the end result.
book is the reproduction of a journal, the usual elements of a novel are
missing. There is no story line that provides the continuity between one
event and another. No effort was made to identify his traveling
companions. There is no real beginning and the books just quits as if the
author was interrupted mid sentence.
This makes for a
somewhat choppy read.
What Di Bona
excels in is his observations of human nature.
For example: Di Bona
quotes a priest who (in the 1950’s) is sad over the lack of men entering
the priesthood. I can only imagine how that priest would feel today.
Having just got back
from a vacation of my own, I enjoyed the pronouncement
“Every guide, followed
by a crowd of sheep, surges around the famous Pisano work, and, when he
points out the self portrait of the artist, they lurch forward as if
someone were giving out free chewing gum on 42nd
The description of 1954
Naples is heart wrenching.
Di Bona is not content
with stating that everyone is poor.
He notes that “The
children are dirty, covered with only the barest rags and often suffering
from skin diseases.
They eat their pasta on
the sidewalk because there is no place elsewhere.”
commentaries about art stand the test of time.
Fifty years later his
pointers on viewing paintings are still valid.
Di Bona urges, the next
time you visit a museum, to notice how some of the paintings have eyes
that are just on a face.
Some artists have
painted eyes that can see. Other artists have learned to paint eyes that
fill up with tears, terror, pleasure or pain.
Captured within the pages of the journal is a snapshot of what it was like to travel in the 1950’s. Today’s travelers will marvel at the casual attitude taken over missed connections and lack of hot water for daily showers. These glimpses into the past, plus Di Bona’s observations make this book a refreshing combination of a way of life that’s gone forever and proof that some things never change.
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Joe Di Bona was already an army veteran in post-WWII America, he had completed college and worked in industry two years, and, yet he remains unfulfilled. He quit his job and traveled to France to study Chinese in one of France’s Grand Ecoles. This caused him to hunger for some great sacred unknown and the urge takes him to the great spiritual centers in India and Japan. This great journey produces in him a lifelong spiritual transformation. Travel with him down this path of discovery and you, too, may glimpse nirvana.