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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
My Father's Keep: A Journey of Forgiveness through the Himalaya by Ed Abell is a heart-warming and remarkable memoir of forgiveness and personal triumph. The author speaks about his childhood of living with an alcoholic father whose problems with drinking could not be solved. The little boy decides to take his father to the Himalayas, where he thinks his father would be happy. He keeps his promise twelve years after his father's death. The author takes you on his personal journey from his childhood to marriage to his family life and finally laying his father's ashes to rest at the summit of Mount Everest where his father's spirit can watch the stunning vista of the splendid place. The book speaks about the difficulties of growing up amid the chaos of alcoholism. It is a book that will evoke a lot of emotions: compassion, pain, love, laughter, tears, joy and forgiveness.
The book works as a good guide for healing and forgiveness. The Himalayas and its spiritual aura lend an air of mysticism and color to the book. The seclusion, solitude and peace of the Himalayas, coupled with the author's warm and emotional story, make it a poignant read. Along with the emotional journey the author undertakes, he also weaves in the joy and adventures of mountaineering in the majestic Himalayas. It is an honest tribute from a son to a father and a personal journey of the body, mind and spirit with hope and forgiveness, which is inspiring and poignant in its shades of melancholy.