Travels

Travels

Book - 1993
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"Curious, sensible, and irrevereent...Crichton comes to see his travles--both in mind and through country--as ways of getting in better touch with himself." LOS ANGELES TIMES Here is a record of Michael Crichton's astonishing adventures. It is a vision of travel not as escape but as exhilaration, as a testing of self, and as spiritual education. Crichton shows us travel as turmoil and as peace. All of this voyages, outward and inward, from his twenties to his mid-forties, have been journeys into awareness--leading him to the excitement and benison of direct expeirence undimmed by expectations, theories, or old assumptions. His remarkable book is in itself a fascinating realm in which the adventurous are invited to travel.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 1993, c1988
Edition: 1st Ballantine pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345379665
0345379667
Characteristics: xiii, 377 p. ; 21 cm

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cals_readers May 02, 2016

The author recounts his worldwide travels and psychic experiments, beginning with his first year at Harvard Medical School in 1965.


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Jun 15, 2015

I'm not much of a fiction reader, but love a good memoir. This one, not so much. This is Crichton's autobiography of his early writing life, and personal development through travels. The most fascinating part of his life (to me), is his short-lived pursuit of a medical career. Every doctor has a few good patient care stories, and Crichton reaches a point in his writing career when he feels removed enough to share. He completes his MD and never practices, becoming a fiction writer and screen writer in med school.
After the first few chapters, the book takes a turn for the dull and strange. Crichton is a real dog, and it is difficult to track the female characters in his life. He seeks adventure through travel (interesting), but tends to the crackpot in his studies of mysticism.
Crichton is a fine writer, and the book reads easily and quickly.
Recommended for Crichton fans, middle of the road for other readers.

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