The Ferryman

The Ferryman

by Thomas William Simpson

Hardcover(A New Edition of an Old Classic)

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Overview

The Ferryman: 8 Crossings to a Gentler Life
This short tale about a man's desire to live a different kind of life unfolds during a single day. At the crack of dawn the ferryman opens his eyes to find an impatient businessman nudging him with his foot. The businessman demands they cross the river. Now. Right away.
The ferryman rises and offers tea and scones. The businessman says he has no time for tea and scones. He needs to reach the other side. Progress and profits depend on it.
The ferryman understands. Before becoming a simple ferryman he had been a striver bristling with ambition, always angling to close the next deal. He had manipulated and deceived to accomplish his aims. He had believed material wealth the only true measure of success.
But he cannot haul the businessman across the river. He must wait for the old woman. The old woman is sick and needs to see the doctor on the other side.
The Ferryman is an amusing and tender tale that attempts to shine a light on what might actually matter in life. We have our necessities: food and shelter, security and transportation. But what beyond these basics truly has relevance?
The ferryman, who has been a humble ferryman for several years by the time we meet him, has identified eight crossings that have changed his life, he thinks, for the better. By better the ferryman means richer, deeper, less stressful, more joyful. The crossings have civilized the ferryman.
Benevolence in all things, the ferryman has come to believe, is the surest way to peace of mind. And really what greater gift can we bestow upon ourselves than a quiet and contented mind?
Come ride the ferry with the ferryman. It's a pleasant, scenic journey filled with small gifts, interesting characters, and boundless miracles.
The Ferryman is a tale of self discovery you will read over and over as your own journey passes back and forth across the river of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538056783
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 11/22/2017
Edition description: A New Edition of an Old Classic
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

I have been whittling away at The Ferryman for years. The ferryman changes as I change. His story, which once ran to nearly one hundred thousand words, has been whittled down to less than twenty thousand. I have written several big, bold, expansive novels. Once I envisioned The Ferryman as one of these epics. But over time his tale has been shaved down to its essence. The idea now is to read the story in a sitting or two, then go back from time to time to reread those passages you find inspiring or enlightening or simply entertaining. There is a side of me that identifies with the ferryman. Like the ferryman I constantly seek the meaning of my actions and motivations. I have always been both a participant and an eyewitness to my life. What is the point of living, after all, if we’re not on some level aware of what drives us and what gives us joy? The Ferryman examines serious concerns like patience and compassion, friendship and and family, but it does so in a light-hearted and amusing manner. It has occurred to me as I’ve gotten older and less driven by ego that a sense of humor, especially of the self-deprecating variety, might be the most precious gift we can give ourselves, and perhaps more importantly, those who have to deal with us daily.

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