“Flash of Silver, the leap that changed my world” is more than a celebrity memoir. It contains a powerful remedy for indifference in just one word…resilience!
Resilience has begun to outstrip “sustainability” as the action to be taken to preserve many species, including our own.
Kerr uses his whole life, so far, to show how consumption habits are often formed and how these can, if taken to excess, become harmful to both individuals and to our planet.
Kerr, as the “Galloping Gourmet” was referred to, during his international TV series, as the “High Priest of Hedonism”. He had learned how to eat, cook and profit from some of the finest and richest foods in the world and he used those gifts with enormous enthusiasm and good humor.
Suddenly everything changed as an accident severed his success with one blow.
Searching for a return to resilience for himself and his family he began an ocean sailing adventure that took them 24,000 miles in 2 years. He learned a whole new way to eat and how to “get to his food fast before someone got there first”.
Then follows one of the most observed U-turns ever made by one man. The Kerr’s went from a conspicuous gourmet lifestyle to that of a small family living their lives beyond immediate self-interest and they did this in plain sight!
Following this radical change, the Kerr’s begin to experience another motive and another voice. Their time at sea had introduced them to a life with less distraction from the media and the resulting value of silence when being “set apart”.
Graham uses the literary practice of the “extended metaphor” to enquire how habits are both formed and relinquished. He does this by comparing his life with that of a wild pacific Chinook salmon. Using poetic license, imagination and good science he asks his readers to hear from the salmon…direct and to see how both man and fish have somewhat similar rites of passage.
They are swept “downstream” where they face continuous discovery, some of which are difficult, some joyful…even hilarious.
At no time is the life of either “narrator” without the twists and turns of the unforeseen when life itself is both threatened and then filled to overflowing with love and being loved.
It’s a wild ride as a faith beyond their immediate self-interest emerges as the scent of their natal river begins to provide direction for their way back home, where it all began.
“Flash of Silver…the leap that changed my world” can help the reader to examine their own rites of passage and how their choices could impact the future of our shared planet.
Kerr is not an angry activist, as he puts it.
“I have a story to tell and it’s personal. I have made a series of very obvious leaps over some major obstacles, not unlike the salmon. Their flashes of silver last but a moment, their actions and their outcomes speak for themselves when they finish well…a splendid example of the resilience that can be ours for the asking”