“Fighting the bear never ceases! As long as life goes on, the fight goes on!”
This is a biography of sorts, based on the reflections and experiences faced by the author as an immigrant. Told through metaphors and parallels this is a very different and unique take on biographies, literally no names are mentioned at all, of either places or people, and it surprised me pleasantly how gripping it was. I tore through it in one sitting, but that is not to say that it’s a light read. Filled with emotions and the life lessons that the author learned from his struggles, this is quite an intense read. -Amazon Review
Chronicles and Reflections of an Immigrant
What you can find in this book:
- a short book, based on a real story.
- a real story based on abstract interpretations.
- interpretations based on supernatural experience.
- experience based on faith and understanding of God, love, and life.
“Fighting the bear never ceases! As long as life goes on, the fight goes on!” The book “My Bear – Chronicles and Reflections of an Immigrant” is based on a real story. This book tells of the intertwining fates of different people, with different characters in the multi-dye carpet of our existence, which makes it deeply universal. The different storylines embroider their threads into an interesting, multilayered, and to an extent, abstractly told story. This is not just a story about immigration and everything that is related or results from it. It is also a gaze deep in the heart and soul of man, seeking the thousands of wheat stalks of knowledge about himself and the world scattered along the way.
By touching upon this pressing theme for our entire society – immigration, readers will get to know the personal point of view and motives for immigration of an infatuated idealist who, through his own turning point abroad, tries to understand existence and life. Through philosophical conclusions mainly based on experience, the protagonist tries to untangle and give meaning to different knots of life and to come to the true knowledge of love, art, the world and God… “And does it matter what we call the countries in which we live, or those we aspire to, those we leave and those in which we stay? Which one actually helps us grow more, which one helps us change, and is our change the only one that matters? …
All of them, I would say! Or the one built by us; the country called Miseryland-Dreamland-Realityland-Wonderland – the country called ‘Life’”.
The chronicles here are based on the immigration story of the author.
It is a story that every immigrant can easily recognize as part of their own experience and life. We will definitely meet all the characteristics which the immigration life provokes in immigrants, starting with the initial thrill and enthusiasm, the desire to see new places, and the adventurous spirit and curiosity that make part of the decision to move to a different place together with the economic, familial, social, or personal reasons to immigrate.
The process through which individuals become part of the inner life of another country certainly passes through different aspects and levels of the personal inner, emotional world of the immigrants. Who hasn’t felt the loneliness, depression, nostalgia and, those sucking forces of feelings of inability to solve different problems of an economic, emotional, or psychological nature?
In all those feelings and situations we all need supernatural help and faith to help us stand on our feet – immigrants or not!
But what if this faith is supported by prophetical dreams and sensations all the way through? Wouldn’t you ask yourself questions about destiny, predestination, karma, and fate?
How could we explain all the strange things that are happening, all the overturns and reversal events in life that lead us to meet or live with certain people?
What if your religious views or religion are not sufficient or enough to explain all the things happening to you and all the contradictions in life? Isn’t the truth worth discovering despite our previous philosophical or religious views?
Wouldn’t you search for answers from all the possible sources to find the truth?
And here is how the Reflections were born…
Immigration was just the context and the field in which the seeds of the chronicles and the reflections were born and raised.
And what about the Bear? Where is it in all this?
Well, this is maybe the best part of the book. We’ll let you discover it by yourself.
About the Author
Emanuel Rivera was born in 1975. Like many other people now, due to the hard political and economic situation in his own country he left his family in his youth to become an immigrant. His national, religious, social, political, and geographical boundaries and beliefs were about to change due to meeting with many different people from all over the world.
And since immigration is tough for all immigrants, we can also find very beautiful and meaningful moments in it. During the whole process and wherever we end up, we grow up, we change, we learn. So did Rivera. During his immigration years, he also got a music diploma in 2005 and recently he is studying for graphic design bachelor degree.