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Beautifully written account of one pilgrim's progress.
, 22 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Spiritual Tourist: A Personal Odyssey Through the Outer Reaches of Belief (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book beautifully written, as might be expected by a professional journalist, but with the humility and integrity of an earnest seeker after the truth. Brown's pilgrimage essays the search that all of us at one time or another must embark on in order to try to make sense of our own existences. Predictably it offers no answers and there is no safe haven at journey's end: the bleak and sometimes terrifying idea that we may be, that all of this might simply be the result of the random jostling of cataclysmic forces that none will ever truly be able to understand, is not banished by cosy but ultimately unconvincing conclusions. It has a similar feel to Will Storr's book, 'Will Storr vs the Supernatural'. Both written by journalists who are both on the trail of truth but this is slightly less tongue in cheek and slightly more reverential!
Following the echoed call from Christ's exhortation to seek the truth Brown searches for it along the unsurprising and well trodden byways towards India's ashrams as well as the somewhat more prosaic but, at least, genuinely surprising streets of North London in search of the miraculous and provides an interesting, informative and, often, humorous account of the `sages' he encounters and their acolytes. As I said, it offers no answers but it just might inspire the `right' questions.
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