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Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life has included studying aeronautical engineering; being a dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, a guitarist and singer (recording two albums); travelling widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan and a long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.
Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.
He has traveled widely, spending some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.
on Nov. 10, 2014 :
Surprisingly great read. This is not only a good story of a man finding his way in the world, but is filled with accurately complex psychological profiles of the various people one finds in life. Love transforms into betrayal not out of simple selfishness, but out of each person’s pathologic coping mechanisms as a result of their past. I felt and understood the different and unique thinking patterns of all of the characters. While confused and hurt repeatedly, the main character had an enviable ability to process events in a way free of angst and anxiety. Case in point: Dave arrives in Rio de Janeiro and is dumped on a dark street, luggage in hand, unable to speak the language, hungry, crime and destitution all around him, not knowing where he will sleep that night… I felt a panic within myself for him. Instead of worrying, he casually notices the street he is on is curving around into a rather interesting loop and just goes about his business. If only I could see the world in such a manner. I have read other works from this author, such as Too Bright the Sun, and how he can change from a hard SciFi action novel into this sensory overdrive fugue is beyond me. I shall continue to follow Ferran with great curiosity
(reviewed within a month of purchase)