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Stuart Luijerink travelled the world extensively in his twenty's after growing up in suburban Sydney, Australia throughout the sixties and seventies.
After having several stories published in periodicals, a collection of short stories "The Empire of Souls and other stories" was published via BookBaby. These stories reflect the resonances encountered in various cultures and settings around the globe.
They also underlie the development of techniques and contemplations employed in the novel "Navigational".
He continues to live in Sydney with his family.
Navigational receives 5 star review from Readers Favorite.
Here are the review comments:
(Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite)
Navigational by Stuart Luijerink tells the story of Winston whoarrives at a seaside community and sets out to restore adilapidated church. While he receives support from some of thelocals, there are some who want nothing to do with him. But doeshe have what it takes to reignite the flame of worship within thiscommunity and restore their house of worship? While this novelcenters on the activities of a man newly arrived in a smallcommunity, it also looks at the social issues in the city, the politicaldynamics, and what binds people together. The author brilliantlyexplores the themes of family, faith, community, and working forthe common good.I loved the suspense at the start of the narrative. The first chaptersare focused on describing characters and their actions withouttelling readers their names. Readers want to know who they areand the mission of the man who arrives at the dilapidated church.There are very interesting characters that readers will want tofollow, like Mathew, Thomas, and Prue. The setting is a smallseaside town, the kind of place where everyone knows everyoneelse. Stuart Luijerink has a unique gift for descriptive prose andfrom the very opening pages, he gives readers great images of thesetting — the dirt road with the pot holes, the outcrops, the sanddunes, and other elements that characterize the topography andthe path the protagonist walks.The sense of loneliness is communicated by the decadent images ofthe church ruins. While character development and plot points areskillfully handled, the beauty of the language and the strength ofimagery captivated me the most. The author also does animpeccable job in exploring the different relationships that evolvethrough the narrative. Navigational is the story of a community,filled with powerful lessons of leadership and relationships thatmatter.
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