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Folker Krueger

Adult; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

Life is an adventure to be explored, as Folker showed in his 2016 memoirs. But life goes on, and so do the stories. Strange German social ethics, macho Cuban entrepreneurs trying to make a living from an (almost) unsuspecting tourist and the long-lasting desire to become a pilot are just a few of the themes in this collection of short stories. You will find food for thought and flavours to savour, a little judicious mocking of conventions and a whole host of different cultures and people with their own stories to tell
After writing his memoir, The Lottery of Life, Krueger discovered he needed to share more stories, in this case a series of globe-trotting adventures, musings on retirement, and the realities of “the harsh world of doing business.”From indulging in cigars and rum in Cuba, to freight forwarding and establishing new business in Vietnam, to learning how to pilot gliders, he sets a stage as vast and intricate as a kaleidoscope. This collection of tales could easily be called Well Traveled since his work as a freight forwarder covered three continents, with stops in Indonesia, Australia, and Europe with stints in Jakarta, Perth, and Singapore.

As the subtitle suggests, these wide-ranging stories (a weeping woman bangs on Krueger’s door late at night in Jakarta; his general practitioner orders a tour of his urinary tract) aren’t chronological and often have the feeling of pinned-down memories, those moments that it feels nourishing to revisit as life goes on. Krueger’s knowledge of dates, names, and events is remarkably detailed, and, thanks to his powerful memory and meticulous documentarian skills, stories from mid-century are narrated as if they happened yesterday. The most personal chapter, “Expat Kids,” features parents Kurt and Rebecca, whose family is challenged trying to earn a living and raise children in a foreign country. While most of the collection is written in the first-person perspective, here Krueger shifts to third, noting that he’s used fictitious names because at the time of writing it was difficult for him “to associate directly with that emotional time.”

He concludes with his epic adventure of learning to fly. His development of the finesse and skill it takes to achieve this dream is chronicled flight by flight, sometimes excitingly—“A weightless feeling in my stomach told me I was about to fall out of the sky”—and with the precision of detail you would expect from a pilot. Despite the perils, it’s gratifying to share the journey and insights.

Takeaway: Unexpected stories of flying high and a life well traveled.

Comparable Titles: Ken Anderberg’s Indonesia: An Expat's Tale, John and Edna Lewis’s One Adventure After Another.

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Editing: A-
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