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Gain a perspective and prepare to be inspired!,
This review is from: The Jolly Pilgrim (Paperback)
This is a book that cries out to be read over and over again, quoted at parties, and heartily recommended to the pessimists you meet in life! Initially I was hooked by the adventure story - the author describes his journey (which started with him riding a bike from London to Istanbul) in a funny and honest narrative that warms you to him immediately, and his positivity about the adventure he has in front of him is so infectious that even a trip to a dentist is a heart warming contribution that makes you chuckle.
What the 'Jolly Pilgrim' embarked upon is an amazing trip for anyone to undertake in their lifetime (after Istanbul he continues to travel the world for 2 yrs in total), but what makes this book so original is how the author goes on more than a physical journey - and begins to look at the world in a much more hopeful and uplifting way. Even more impressively, he manages to keep the reader fully engaged as his ideas and reflections develop, by basing what he calls his 'global musings' in facts and research - he has proper reasoning and logic for his ideas, unlike so much 'fruitcake' literature that is out there!
The result is an incredibly inspiring tale of where our world is going and all that we have to embrace. It puts our lives and our world into perspective, and makes you laugh along the way. If you are someone who wakes up on a monday morning in despair, or 'sweats the small stuff', you need to open your mind, take a deep breath, and open this book!