Along the Way

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Along the Way
by Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
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A memoir by father and son might sound like a cheesy gag fest. But Along the Way, by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, is touching and quirky. It is an insightful look at this remarkable family and the lives of actors and their loved ones. Sheen's narration is enthralling, especially his dramatic rendering of his Galician father's heavily accented English. His chapters are more engaging than those of Estevez, who directed the film that was the excuse for the book. The Way (2010), which Estevez also wrote, features Sheen in a starring role as a man who tries to complete the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage because his son had died attempting it. There are tales of less than lavish early years. Sheen was one of 10 children and his early years of acting were marked by poverty. The book also recalls poignant historical moments, including the day Robert Kennedy was shot. Letters written by Sheen to his son show the strength of their connection. A missive, opened by Estevez on his 11th birthday, is memorable. Best of all are the memories of Apocalypse Now and Sheen's infamous breakdown.