Imagine being sixty-one years old and waking up one day to find that everything you believed and thought you knew about the world and your own life is totally wrong and/or gone. That is what happened to Feliks Zhukovski when Communism collapsed.
Feliks has been on his own since his mother sent him to Switzerland in 1939 ahead of the
Germans invading Poland. He never saw her again, thought that she had abandoned him. He went on with his life and never looked back. The problem is, he never really developed a life other than his fervent belief in Communism. He never married, has no friends, and his travel guide of Communist Europe is no more.
1991 becomes the year that Feliks woke up. Finding himself without a political anchor, he starts a journey into his past with surprising results. His reason for living goes from politics to emotions and the reader is taken along on his at times heart wrenching, journey. Touchingly told, you go from wondering just how this turtle stayed in his shell for so long to cheering him on each new step he takes. They say that you can’t go home again, but Feliks does.
The book was really moving and I felt for Felix and cheered for him when he finally finds a real life, not one hidden behind misunderstandings and political boundaries. Cheers to Felix and Jim Powell.
The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell