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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road Hardcover – 19 Sep 2002
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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, the second motorcycle memoir (following 1996's The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa) from the author best known as drummer and lyricist of the legendary Canadian rock band Rush, chronicles a journey of healing. In the late-90s, Peart suffered a pair of life-changing tragedies: he lost his daughter and his wife of 20 years within a 10 month period. In the autumn of 1998, in an effort to distract himself from grief and re-evaluate his life, he embarked on a trip that took him across Canada and through the US and Mexico. Through diary notes and letters written over the course of 55,000 miles, Peart chronicles his feelings of loss and envy, and the slow rebuilding of his life through the support of friends and family. Ghost Rider is also an alternative travel guide fuelled by the author's detailed descriptions of towns, roads, hotels, restaurants and the people he encounters. "Moab proved to be the perfect small town, at least by the Ghost Rider's exacting criteria," he writes, "those being that a town should have a decent motel, a small museum of local history, a friendly post office and a well-stocked liquor store." Thought-provoking and even humorous at times, Peart reveals in straight-ahead prose the emotional turmoil following such an epic loss--and we ride shotgun as he gradually acquires a renewed sense of purpose. --Eric Wilson, Amazon.ca
"Well-written, harrowing and filled with just-right touches of levity, [this book] is a necessary story about the human condition." -- Altfresh
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Only his second published book, but sure not to ne his last.
Given the circumstances under which Peart started his journey it should be no surprise that this is a very personal book, and you do learn a lot about Peart from reading it. Nonetheless I finished the book feeling I would be happy to join Peart on a long journey, or to spend more time in his company. I did feel any reader could get to know Peart a lot better through this book, and if you do not find his personality type attractive you could easily dislike both him and the book, but I also feel both author and book are worth getting to know.
I have recommended this book to various friends, not only those who enjoy motorcycle travel, but also those who are coming to terms with loss or other stresses as I believe it gives an insight into another's grief and thus gives reassurance that "you are not alone". I felt it was inspirational that Peart was looking forward to a future by the end of the book, having started to recover from his loss.
As other's have said, this is a book of two halves; apparently Rush were working on an album while Peart was writing the second half, and it does feel a little rushed (no pun intended), but even the second half is better than many other travel books I have read, while the first half is excellent.
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