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Road to . . . another road!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits (Paperback)
Bill Porter is all talk and walk. We are glad he had so much fun hiking around China - it is something not many of us get the opportunity to do. We are glad he found a purpose for his wandering - most people know that purposeless wandering can cause a miriad of emotional and mental diseases. We are glad he takes an interest in the lives of those singular people who live in solitude in an environment that is politically, physically, mentally and spiritually challenging.
However, Porter seems to be the kind of person who is the first to arrive for a party and the last to leave - he is the dreaded one who spends the entire party boring the other guests to near-mortification with endless stories that somehow all have a common thread - himself!!
Please, Bill, keep walking! You need a few more roads under your belt before you will get the true essence of what these hermits are living for into your heart. Now the essence is lost in the crowded vault of your brain, which is too full of words, events, and ego to catch and communicate the subtlty of these lives. We want to know more about the fascinating hermits, and less about your rather predictable cogitations while you walk the roads to their huts.