Walter Minion's Therapy
Trafford Publishing, 2004 - 230
A combination of black comedy, allegory, high adventure, and exploration of human relationships in a crazy world.
Walter Minion is an archetypical retired Englishman. His life is gentle and domesticated. But gradually little stresses mount, culminating in his bizarre attempt at suicide. He is incarcerated in a mental institution where he is treated in inexplicable ways by strange characters. His enforced therapy is to undertake a voyage around the world, alone, on a small yacht. In mid-Atlantic a wondrous girl swims alongside and climbs aboard. Spray is feminine perfection, but Walter discovers that she is also weirdly unnatural.
The two are caught up in a series of wild adventures as they cross oceans, make exotic landfalls and survive terrifying dangers. They encounter more people: good, evil and mad. Throughout their odyssey Spray holds out tantalising prospects of submission and erotic rapture. Walter wrestles with the emotional conflicts that ensue, and with humanity's stupidity and hatred, beauty and love. Walter's therapy sails to a surprising finale, a counterpoint of tragedy and joyful triumph. But what is reality, and what is delusion?
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Patrick O'Connor weaves fantasy, dreams, frustrated erotic yearnings, life's experiences and sweeping knowledge of natural history, sailing and the oceans into a wonderful, inspiring and fast-moving adventure.
Within this panoply he patches observations and opinions about the dumbing down world: avarice, power hunger, piracy, psychiatric quackery, clinical corruption and modern miscalled music. Tears of anger and despair bespatter those pages. These are warnings to the rest of us: keep speeding on to mankind's doom or veer sharply to restored enlightenment.
Essential reading for world leaders and educationalists.
-The Hucklow Hermes