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Travels [Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Nov 2002
"Entertaining, and in the best sense of the word, unsettling."
Fueled by a powerful curiosity--and by a need to see and feel and hear, firsthand and close-up--Michael Crichton's travels have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling. This is a record of those travels--an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060509058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060509057
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 14.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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"If you're a writer, the assimilation of important experiences almost obliges you to write about them. Writing is how you make the experience your own, how you explore what it means to you, how you come to possess it and ultimately release it."
So states Michael Crichton in the preface to this brilliant and captivating book. Known the world over as a hugely intelligent and entertaining writer of imaginative fiction, he brings all his talents to bear as he sets out to describe his own extraordinary travel adventures. Whilst seeking to explore what these experiences mean to him, he invites us to share his thoughts and feelings and some very personal insights too.
Early chapters describe medical school and the beginnings of his career as a writer and film director, and anyone with even the most perfunctory knowledge of his work will recognise much of the background to it here. Despite achieving considerable success however, he finds his values beginning to change and in an effort to fend off depression he hits the road. At this point the book really takes off as he launches into a series of chapters covering trips made all over the world over a period of 15 years.
Michael Crichton does not always emerge as an attractive or sympathetic character. However, through his willingness to expose his limitations and vulnerabilities, he is revealed as a fallible and human person who seeks to grow and learn whatever he can from life.
Highlights for me included a wonderful description of ascending Kilimanjaro, and the internal dialogue which sustained him during it, and two conference retreats in the mojave desert, where he experiences some weird and wonderful revelations whilst in a state of heightened awareness.
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By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the only book of Michael Crichton that I was missing and so I bought it to complete my library. I knew not to expect a book of fiction because it is not one. What I did not expect was how much I was to enjoy it!

Besides small side-remarks, there is nothing about his childhood or his upbringing. These stories are the memoirs of an aspiring writer trapped into an Ivy League arc that was to land him an MD. But he got away. Well, maybe too far away...
The first stories describe his ever growing disillusionment with both medicine and its practitioners. Later on Crichton goes into his personal journeys in life, both around the world and professionally. From inside Hollywood trivia to scuba diving tips; from exotic culture shocks to the benefits of meditation; and from escaping mortal danger in Jamaica to having his ...aura fluffed, no corner of Michael Crichton's mind remains obscured.

Crichton's insights may not always be easy to share but one has to appreciate his candor. Because of his untimely death, this book is a major part of his legacy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels By Michael Crichton 27 April 2009
By J. Mear
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book it was like sitting and chatting with an old friend and going through thoughts, fears and all their life and travel experiences, it's a very open and down to earth, honest piece of writing, would recommend it to all, I only wish he was still around to write more!
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The book is partly an autobiograpy, partly a collection of travel stories and partly a forum for Crichton's changing ideas on the journey of his life. His discription of his time as a medical student is fasinating, giving a real insight into a doctor's perspective. Using the wealth he makes from his Hollywood success he travels all around the world. The events in the stories are exciting but the real strength of the book is in Crichton's thougthful analysis of his experinces and his changing relationships. This is particualy interesting when he experiences phycic events which he has much to say on. Crichton is clearly a very intelligent man and his decription of outward and personal journey make this a stimulating and spiritual read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected treat 20 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Crichton’s fiction work for years and thought I’d read everything he’d ever written prior to his untimely death. Then I saw Travels referenced in another non-fiction work and bought it at once. What an unexpected treat. This gripping memoir not only featured Crichton’s more exotic travel experiences but to my delight, spelled out in great detail why he came to accept that some paranormal phenomena was worth scientific investigation. His concluding ‘talk’ to a Skeptical audience is worth the price of the book on its own. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! 17 Oct 2013
By Joodle
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Sadly, this book is a close to a memoir that Michael Crichton ever got to write. I suspect he was saving that for later on in his life which regrettably was cut short. However, what a book! If you sat next to him at the dinner table and started comparing places you had seen; he would win hands down every time. He went to some of the most exotic places in the world. He was a master storyteller and makes every location come alive. You will be exhilarated and entertained with tales of adventure.

The book's title is somewhat misleading as it randomly opens with his time as a medical student at Harvard University (where he got the material to write the script for ER).

Next come tales of travel, a favourite being of his experience of diving with sharks which leaves you breathless. Another was of his time in Jamaica, when his girlfriend unknowingly invited a criminal, waiting outside court for his appearance, to act as a guide and direct them to a local museum. This was followed by a chilling time trying to get rid of him.

At the end of the book he writes about his experiences of the spiritual inner world which was totally unexpected from someone with such a scientific mind.

You feel that you are learning about the man as he is open and honest with his feelings and emotions. He writes intelligently and with great insight into all manner of experiences and subjects. Although I have not read any of his fiction, I can imagine him using his understanding of the world and its different cultures along with his knowledge of anthropology in his writing. I cannot recommend this book enough and although most of us will not have the funds to travel as he did you get to tag along vicariously through his writing.

5 star rating without a doubt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book is as new and I had a fast delivery
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Margaret Coggon
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Enjoyed the first part about his medical years but towards the middle of the book I got bored with his winging about his life and how unhappy he was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey, not the destination
Less of a travelogue per se, more of a personal discovery of the self. It's about the journey and not the destination as they say, so while it may not be a 'normal' travelogue I... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ankur Banerjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels
A really interesting book. I read this about 15 years ago and it is aq book that I would recommend to anyone.
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by Rick K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Bought this over twenty years ago at a second hand shop. It was the first time i read Crichton. This book is not fiction but the real life travels the author has taken (mind and... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by @gamingoneasy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed at all
... If you want to read a book about experiments in metaphysics, read this book. If you want to read a travel book, don't read this one. The title is completely off. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2001
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