Journey from Venice is a memoir by Ruth Cracknell. I read this book back in April for my book club. For those who don’t know, Ruth Cracknell is an Australian actress best known for her role in Mother and Son. In Journey from Venice, Ruth writes about her journey with her husband Eric to Venice when they take a much deserved break after working for years.
A few days into their vacation though, Eric falls sick. It starts with a nosebleed and escalates from there. The rest of the memoir is about their challenges with the hospitals, trying to figure out what has happened to Eric and then trying to get him back to Australia. Upon arrival in Sydney, the journey follows his care through to the final moments and after.
Journey from Venice is about love, life and death.
While I didn’t mind the book, I must admit, I think it got through publication because she is a famous actress. A lot of the writing appears to be her diary entries and while her writing is good, there is no structure and it lacks substance. Yet, at the same time, there are some moments that make you stop and think. In the end, my take-away message from the whole thing was about time. Time is short. Things change with time. And if we keep putting things off, that time may never come.
Until next time,