All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the Modern World Paperback – 18 Apr 2011
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'So sincere and carefully told that the result cannot help but move' (Financial Times)
'Terrific ... Unpretentious, often funny, but also powerfully expressive of experiences beyond language and reason, it's a book which rises to the challenge of its subject with skill and considerable grace' (Wanderlust)
'Energetic and compelling' (Guardian)
'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)
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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 22 months ago by Naim Zyberi
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
I picked this up in the library yesterday, read it in one sitting (yes, a long night it was) and then felt compelled to write a review because I enjoyed it so, so much. Read morePublished on 24 April 2012 by Annaken
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