The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening
Peel Productions (2013)
Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views (12/13)
“The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening” by Susan Joyce is a memoir covering a twelve-year period of her life. During this time Joyce loses a child during childbirth, survives a coup on the island of Cyprus, discovers her husband may not be whom he says he is, and is rescued from a ship that gets caught on a coral reef during Monsoon season on the Indian Ocean.
Joyce has a great spiritual awareness and is very in-tune with her inner self. She has vivid down-to-the-last-detail type dreams, and is able to remember them precisely and decipher their meanings as they relate to her life and her life experiences. She is a strong woman who has used her experiences and dreams for continued personal development and self-discovery. She could easily have let her experiences hold her back and trap her into a life of “settling,” yet experience after experience she inspired me with her positivity, openness and willingness to learn and grow.
That being said, there were several things that kept me from “loving” this book. First and foremost was the writing style. Most of the book was dialogue and I didn’t have a clue what was going on until about the fourth chapter when we got some narrative and a little background information. I typically don’t mind dialogue but I need some information in-between the conversations. I found a lot of the conversations to be back and forth, choppy chit-chat that were irrelevant to the story, i.e., page 149, “‘She’s got it tough,’ someone said.” Someone said? Why did we need that comment from someone?
I also didn’t feel like the characters were well-developed so I had a hard time remembering who Joyce was talking to and how that person was relevant to the story. I spent a good deal of time turning back pages to find information on people; information that wasn’t always there. Of course, being under-developed was a good thing in the case of Charles, Joyce’s first husband – what a jerk! I heard as much about him as I wanted to!
In summary, I have a great deal of admiration for author Susan Joyce in how she not only survived, but prospered during the tribulations of her life as shared in “The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening.” She has an amazing story to tell and I just think a different style of writing would have done the telling of it more justice.