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Savage Pilgrims: On the Road to Santa Fe Hardcover – 25 Apr 1996


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (25 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002551918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002551915
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,399,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abandoned by a girlfriend who eloped to faraway New Mexico, and inspired by reading the works of D.H. Lawrence, Henry Shukman determined that he would visit the state himself one day. It was to be some years before he realised his ambition, and when he finally did go he found a place very different from his expectations. Though it is changing fast, New Mexico still has some of the characteristics of the old frontier, attracting dreamers, visionaries and oddballs who have chosen to escape the confinements of the cities, to uncover the spirit of the desert and the Indians, or to settle into the hybrid Spanish culture. For Henry Shukman, New Mexico was to prove a series of magical places and bizarre encounters. Chance meetings brought him into contact with a flying priest, amiable cowboys and lonesome cowgirls, pueblo-dwelling artists and a monster fish, romantically inclined strangers and bar-room philosophers. 'Savage Pilgrims' is a story of the road that imperceptibly becomes the odyssey of a young man chasing his dreams and fleeing his demons.

"Raw and polished, intimate and offhand, wonderfully funny and full of wistful reflection and puzzlement…Shukman is a lyricist and an ardent drifter, the kind of writer you could happily take with you anywhere, like a pair of field glasses or a lover through whose eyes you see the world with a new freshness"
YORKSHIRE POST

"Henry Shukman roars into the West with openness, charm and an admirable readiness to lay himself on the line"
PICO IYER

"Shukman is a writer of real talent"
TLS

"Confirms his reputation as the most engaging travel companion imaginable"
THE TIMES

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Henry Shukman wrote his first book, ‘Sons of the Moon’, at the age of nineteen. Since then he has written for various publications, including ‘Conde Nast Traveller’, ‘GQ’ and the ‘Sunday Times’.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most engaging books that I have ever read. Its funny, honest and therefore, highly entertaining. It's a hard book to summerise as so much happens, all I can say is go and read it NOW!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ever been to NM? You'll want to go back!!! 24 Mar. 1998
By shkira@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The writings of the author left a deep impression on me. He writes with a very romantic, extremely descriptive style that allows you to feel what he saw. I lived in NM for 3 years and after reading the book was ready to go back. Mr Shukman did such a great job detailing his journey. He described many of the places I remember from there. I found myself nostalgic for the Southwest. He did such a good job, that I was ready to go back because I wanted to visit some of the places that I had never gone to when I had the opportunity. After you read the book, if you've never been to the Southwest you too will be ready to pack your bags!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Im saving to go... 20 April 2002
By "rose27" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have only just finished reading this wonderful book about Henry Shukman's journeys in New Mexico.My own imagination would take over as i took in all the fascinating landscapes,people and places that the author was sharing with me.Indians and artists,shacks and glorious views from the middle of no-where...The author came across as sensitive and although at times he would feel pulled by fond memories of England,his passion for where he was there and then was so obvious.I now have a passionate dream of my own. To go and search out these places for myself and be inspired by all they have to offer..
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