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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870098897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870098892
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Describes episodes in the author's life which may people would dismiss as fable were they not true." -- David Nicholson-Lord, The Independent

"If there is any single book which exudes both wisdom and tranquillity, then it is your autobiography." -- Victor Papanek, author of Design for the Real world

"One of the few life-changing books I have ever read. I wish everyone would read it." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

"Reading this book, you will have the rare pleasure of meeting a warm and witty, thoroughly genuine man, and one whose inspiration will not fail to move you." -- Kirkpatrick Sale

"Satish Kumar is among the most important educators of the 20th century. His lifelong odyssey adds a compelling flesh and blood reality to the wisdom of the East." -- Theodore Roszak

"Satish Kumar's unique story is stranger than fiction." -- Hazel Henderson

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Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He lives in England and is Editor-in-chief at Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, co-founder of Schumacher College and founder of the Schumacher Society UK.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ian russell on 13 May 2009
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I came to this book after watching Adam Graham-Brown's spellbinding and beautifully filmed documentary on Satish Kumar; Earth Pilgrim, A Year on Dartmoor. Desiring to know more about the subject, I soon learned about the story of the ''Peace Walk'' undertaken by Kumar and was intrigued by the idea of walking across continents without any means of support, for whatever the cause it might be. Surely an astounding story is there to be read. In this I was sadly disappointed, both in the detail and the omissions. It was far too brief, whole countries rushed past in short paragraphs, and poor old Belgium didn't even get its own sentence. It gave a sense of a reluctance to tell this part of his story - or forgetfulness, perhaps; it was a while ago.

What came before the walk, his childhood in India, life with the Jains, and following Ghandiism, was fascinating and interesting. However, after the walk the story develops into a mixed bag of banal living in the west: business endeavours, house-hunting, family-raising, schooling, seasoned by a slightly incongruous, though thankfully brief, spell of adulterous sex-farce. Honesty all well and good but this was putting me off somewhat. Still, I persevered.

I'm glad I did. The pearl in this book is the longer account of his pilgrimage to Iona to mark his fiftieth. Taking in the length and breadth of Britain, he does this in the spirit of his earlier walk: on foot, mostly, and relying entirely on the goodwill of his friends and his magazine readership. It is brilliantly described and, unlike the earlier walk, I sensed he wanted to tell this story in full. I also felt I learned more about the man in this chapter than in the rest of the book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2003
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'No Destination' has left more of a lasting impression on me than any other book I have read for years. Satish Kumar draws an incredibly vivid, beautiful and uplifting picture of his life, and life going on around him, often describing a fascinating and alien culture, but celebrating the universality of the human spirit. It is a song for peace and the story of an incredible man.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2002
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Starting with his birth and ending in 1991, 'No Destination' is the autobiography of Satish Kumar, the campaigner reknowned for his epic pilgrimages in the name of peace. The book details his journeys and his life between these walks. It examines the influences on his life, from becoming a monk at 9 years old, to setting up a college to promote ecology and spirituality. At 287 pages long it is not always an easy read, at times the journeys feel like a list of place names, and at other times his life seems very distant from our western daily routines. Though, this is a book which can be picked up and put down at your leisure and should therefore, with slower reading, give clearer indications as to why Satish Kumar undertakes these challenges and also why he makes life decisions that are perhaps alien to some of us. His life is indeed extraordinary and for readers who enjoy journeys of self-exploration, this book must be at the top of reading lists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsAMVeneto on 8 Feb. 2009
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The whole world should read this book.It is written in such a beautifully simple way, a complete joy to read. Thank you Satish,the world needs more people like you.
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I bought this because I am doing a theatre project about unfinished journeys and pilgrimages. I know of Satish Kumar through the small school and resurgence, I know he is a very interesting man and also seems to be (to use a slightly out of fashion word) wise, so when someone suggested I read his autobiography it seemed sensible.

Only problem is, I don't really enjoy autobiographies, but since this seems more like a novel, I am loving it. Full of interesting insight into religion, India, society, peace, but all through the story of his life, so it is not at all preachy. Excellent read for research and for enjoyment.
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By Suzanne on 20 Mar. 2014
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Read this with my father as part of his preparation for a course. I felt that the first half of the book was interesting, although the writing was a bit jerky for my taste. The latter half of the book felt like it dragged a bit.
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By sue book worm on 26 Nov. 2013
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Satish Kumar is one of my heroes. The way he lives and writes inspire all the time. He is a wise man and more people should read his books. I thoroughly recommend all his books, they are well worth reading.
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This man is wonderful and his life an amazing journey. To walk the earth in the name of peace and nothing else shows his love for Mother Earth and all things on and in it
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