- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (19 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747584826
- ISBN-13: 978-0747584827
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All Kinds of Magic: A Quest for Meaning in a Material World Hardcover – 19 Apr 2010
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'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House 'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House PRAISE FOR HONEY AND DUST 'In page after page of beautifully written prose, Moore Ede's passion for the sweet nectar, his curiosity as to how it is produced and his determination to find hunters who will risk their lives to find it are deftly combined with his own holistic belief that his search will miraculously cure his depression. I feel hopeful it did, for this most unusual, compelling and restorative book has certainly vanquished mine' Alexander Waugh, Mail on Sunday 'It is [Moore Ede's] quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book' Daily Telegraph
A personal search for the mystical and miraculous, from the acclaimed author of Honey and Dust --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As you would expect, a man who's searching for unusual experiences in India doesn't have to look far, and it's not long before he meets some extremely bizarre people and gets into some strange and at times frightening situations. Depending which way you look at it, Moore Ede is either brave or foolhardy, as he seems happy to walk around remote parts of India on his own with a fistful of cash, merrily following people he meets to even more remote areas on a promise of meeting spiritual gurus. Happily, he somehow avoids getting mugged, and we are treated to a vivid portrait of India and then Turkey, and their various religions and beliefs. Accounts of his experiences are peppered with quotations from writers, travellers and poets.
The book is full of conflicting ideas and forces - not only the strange juxtapositions and divisions of a developing country, where modern technology, lifestyles and attitudes contrast with ancient traditions and extreme poverty, but also Moore Ede's internal conflicts. He is searching for something beyond rational thought, but can't help analysing his mystical experiences from a rational perspective. Whilst the physical journey has its tribulations, it is his inner journey which proves much tougher.
Having described all manner of magical events, some quite obviously fake and some apparently beyond rational explanation, the narrative progresses to an ultimately uplifting ending.
All Kinds of Magic was a really enjoyable book, extremely well written and researched, that has left me wanting to visit the places he describes.
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One of the best books of travel literature! The style of writing is beautiful and engaging filled with adventures and meaningful stories. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2014 by Naim Zyberi
I am sure there must be some magic left in western religions, as I often feel this magic in places like Holy Island. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by clive brett
Very interesting , puts life into a new perspective , I was recommended this book by my beautiful sister. I hope she finds her peace. Namaste piers xPublished on 27 Jun. 2013 by jan robertson
In April 2004, Piers Moore Ede embarked on a very unusual journey. Disheartened by a world seemingly hooked on material wealth and scientific fact, he decided to travel the world... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2010 by rahman
This is completely a good read!! It will enlighten and inspire you in many ways...Apart from Harry Potter series, this book is completely amazing and will gives you more... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2010 by samkhowaja