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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Travelogue - stil relevant today, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Merlyn the Magician and the Pacific Coast Highway (Paperback)
I had wanted to read this book for a long time after hearing it recommended by a friend. It is a very strange book to read as it jumps between genres - part travel book and part spiritual journey. I am a Christian and I was interested in how Tom arrived at describing the modern media as the whore of Babylon in Revelation. His vast experience in the media world is used by the author to expose what he feels lies at its heart. I found this analysis to be quite compelling. What was harder to cope with, for me at least, was the travel writing which didn't capture my imagination in the way that his spiritual asides did. I was expecting the situation to be reversed as I normally enjoy travel writing. It is not a hard read, a chapter at night at bed time slips down nicely. However, if you are not a fan of cycling you may find Tom's fixation with his various bicycles and his sometimes laboured linking of this to a transcendent spiritual experience somewhat hard to swallow. Reading it for the first time some 30 years after it was first published, much of the deeper observations of society and the fragmentation and loss of community that Tom rues, particularly on the California section of his journey, resonate strongly even now. I feel I want to know the author more (if he is still alive) and see where he went next on his spiritual journey in particular. Always a good sign to finish a book feeling you want more.
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