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Rhapsody on a Road Trip: A Story for Every Dreamer,
This review is from: Discovering Beautiful (Paperback)
Rory Miller is a Discovery, a young man who has successfully conveyed a four year experience searching for adventure and meaning to a life stance of disillusionment and confusion where most young people find themselves, and has risen out of the pages of this enormously readable book as a major writer. Rarely has a book, let alone a first book, bubbled with so much verismo, wild humor, daring naughty deeds, investigations into a number of interpersonal encounters, and ended up with a credible awakening to that spiritual enlightenment we all seek but seldom have the courage to pursue. DISCOVERING BEAUTIFUL is youth distilled, a superbly written journey toward understanding the beauty of the universe and its spiritual core. And the joy is that all along the way Miller takes the reader into countless experiences that challenge the mind while they entertain with prose bordering on poetic.
Rory Miller is at book's beginning in 1996 a listless, bored Yorkshireman whose desire for change results in an aborted move to London to boarding a boat to America, landing in New York where his road trip begins. What was to have been a month long hiatus ends up a four year journey throughout the United States (via cranky Oldsmobile, freight train hops, joltingly real automobile accidents, etc), Canada, and Mexico, encountering other lost souls and some significant mind altering experiences and people, ending up a lad so full of joy that his final experiences in 2000 include snowy mountain moments where he is able to completely disregard corporal pain and discomfort by laughing out loud in the thrill of being at one with the essence of the Universe.
But what makes this book so different form other 'journeys to self discovery' is Miller's ability to describe memories of his past sparked by encountered incidents of the present, giving us very close reminders of those feelings we discovered reading 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'. He makes us so comfortable in his skin that we become Rory Miller and fall pall mall through his adventures as if they were our own. That is the catch that makes this well written book so contagious: his jolts and bumps as well as his anguish and awakening are palpable because they become our own. Rory Miller is a writer to watch - and I'm not sure he even knows that! Grady Harp, October 09