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Beyond My Odyssey

Indelible Easter celebration
Presentation of Odyssey Fulfilled
Pleasant surprises
The Little Church of the Divine Christ
Chapter 6. FROM A MIRAGE TO A DREAM PEDESTAL
Portugal
Northern Spain
Memorable recognition
EPILOGUE
On The Road To Yellowstone National Park
Around The World In Eighty Years
I dedicate this book to four very dear men in my life: to my Dad who lovingly corrected me and supported me,
and
to my brothers: the dearly departed Joaquín who counseled and inspired me with dedication, and Enrique who
patiently tolerated and endured me, as well as still-living Antonio whose experience serves me as a guide,
which I hope will continue
for many years to come.
PROLOGUE
Beyond My Odyssey is a new book of lived experiences, this time in the first person, in which Roger R.
Fernández delights us one more time from his home in Los Angeles, the United States of America, country
where he has lived practically since his youth. It is the fourth one of his “personal odyssey”. During a cruise
through Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), a fellow traveler suggested to him Odyssey Dreamed as a more
appropriate title, for he perceived what his eyes were contemplating as a real dream.
Beyond My Odyssey takes us traveling with the author through inaccessible places for the common of mortals,
but brought to the reach of our imagination thanks to Roger’s talent and ability to mould in paper what his eyes
were seeing.
In the years 1950-1955, Roger and I were studying with the Marists at their International Saint Francis Xavier
School, located in the little town of Grugliasco in the Italian Piedmont, very near Turin. I remember that to
incite us to contemplation, one of our teachers, Brother Heliodor Balko, would frequently repeat the following
quotation from a French writer: “Qui a beaucoup vu, peut avoir beaucoup retenu”, which is to say: “Whoever
has seen a lot may have retained a lot.” It is obvious that Roger Fernández has kept in mind the wise advice of
that Hungarian teacher, Heliodor Balko.
The reader will enjoy, as I have enjoyed, the reading of Beyond My Odyssey, delighting in the infinity of
historic and experienced details that Roger has adroitly laid to bear with his style so personal, of exquisite
simplicity, doing without unnecessary decorations, allowing the imagination to divert itself in what is being
read.
Beyond My Odyssey offers a first chapter on “the art of traveling” with ten norms that every traveler must
consider before undertaking a trip. Two chapters are dedicated to each of two voyages: the first, a cruise along
the extreme coast of South America, and the second, a trip to the Philippines for family reasons. Between the
two trips, the author inserts a third chapter whose title “Wrangling Quells” has the flavor of an epistolary
discussion whereby Roger lays open his own version, as a person living in the United States of America, of the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their post consequences. And, as nothing less could be expected, the
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