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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Passing Through by Darryl Greer details his captivating experiences growing up in Australia, moving to London and going back to live in Australia, with many other exciting adventures in between. Born in 1948, Greer was raised by his adoptive mother in the Gold Coast, Queensland. In his teen years, he dropped out of school and joined the workforce. Torn between a life in law enforcement or the navy, Greer finally settled for a position as a clerk in the local Magistrate's Court, a decision that would mark the beginning of his fifty years working in the judicial workforce. The memoir parallels his professional life and family life, sharing information about the people he met along the way, the role they played in his life, alongside his diverse travel experiences.
Featuring a variety of interesting characters, the memoir is engaging as it covers their different lives and personalities as well as their contribution to Greer’s life. Greer recounts how Van, a sixty-six-year-old woman, introduced him to scuba diving. In another experience, he recalls the people involved in his and his wife’s adoption efforts. Told with humor, the work shares some amusing details that enliven it. It also includes historical details about cities, events, and people that relate to Greer’s life and the places he has visited. The details provide the context for the events included in the memoir. Passing Through by Darryl Greer is an amazing read that contains colorful and moving experiences. It follows Greer’s life while marking turning points in world history.