Carry On Baggage

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Carry On Baggage

Howard Feldman was High flying commodity trader, living a seemingly perfect life, with a perfect wife and perfect children, in an unbelievably perfect world. “His tie was Hermès and belt Ferragamo (until the Hermès belt with the H became the item of choice), suits were Boss or Armani (little else would do unless it is custom made, but only in London and not by the tailors in Hong Kong as everyone knew that they aren’t up to par). Shoes were Prada. Rolex was passé unless it was the Daytona. IWC was always acceptable, Hublot – too in your face, Cartier worked and Panerai said “I have class, have money and I am aware of the latest trends”. I had two. Ties need to be skinny, unless you were not. Louis Vuitton luggage was “showy” unless plain black. Tumi roll-on, in black, with the briefcase that slides over the handle was a pre-requisite. Check-in baggage is embarrassing and very un-cool even though you have more weight allowance than God…”

But then this “King of Chrome” gets attacked. And attacked again. Then he gets sick. And his carry-on baggage simply gets too heavy to hold.

As Howard unpacks his baggage – both literal and metaphorical – he unravels all the “perfect” banners he has raised to the world, his family, his community and himself. He measures their value against a new benchmark of success, and reconsiders his life’s travels from Zug to Zimbabwe, New York to Tel Aviv. Returning home to South Africa, he discovers not just the meaning of home, family and friendship, but also himself.


“fast pasted and funny without being clichéd; serious without being sombre, intense without being heavy, and most importantly beautifully real.”


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    Bookworm 16 January, 2015, 15:15

    Hi there,
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