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THE ROAD TO PURIFICATION: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash by [Whitewolf, Harry]
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About the Author

Harry Whitewolf has always lived in two worlds. In the real world, he's a writer and a traveller - with a background in visual art, performance poetry and workshop tuition. In the ethereal world, he's a spiritual warrior. He lives life by following signs, following dreams and following his heart. But he's not ashamed of admitting that he often screws it all up. His writing has a distinctive style all of its own, but its beat driven prose is certainly inspired by those tea toking cheap trick beatnik geniuses of bygone bebop days, combining metaphysical meanderings with sex, drugs and travel. Harry's been experiencing The 11:11 Phenomenon for the past decade. An experience shared by thousands upon thousands of people around the world. And like Harry, most thought they were the only ones seeing 11:11 all the time, until they found out they certainly were not alone. Harry Whitewolf, contrary to popular belief, is actually just a bloke and not of a canine species. He was born in 1976 and lives in England. He hopes to see world peace in his lifetime, and yes, he believes miracles are possible. Find Harry Whitewolf, his writing, his books and his blog over at www.goodreads.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499238657
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QXW4B22
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #906,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love the rhythms and poetry of Whitewolf's writing throughout The Road To Purification. Much of his extraordinary life-changing journey is written in very short paragraphs which, in style, fit perfectly with the recounting of his broken-hearted and sleepless stoner month in pre-revolution Egypt. Whitewolf sees more than the average package holiday tourist would expect to encounter so we get to read an unusually skewed and shrewd view of Egypt and her people. He is armed with his trusty (and useless!) guidebook, but frequently chooses to place his faith in guidance from the Universe instead.

The spirituality in Whitewolf's previous travel memoir, Route Number 11, often baffled me, but I found a much stronger affinity with his ideas here and appreciated statements such as 'Naming someone makes them real. It just depends what we mean by reality, and which reality we are living in.' His encounters with both darkness and light direct his Egyptian month and I could clearly see his personal and emotional growth as the weeks progress. This book is as much about a mental journey as it is a physical one. That said, we do also see several of Egypt's most famous historical sites through backpacker eyes. I don't think I would have the stamina for so much haggling though. It seemed as though there is no such thing as a fixed fare in Egypt!

The Road To Purification takes place along many roads. There is a lot of mild drug use described so if you are opposed to that, this isn't the book for you! However, if you appreciate off-beat accounts of independent travel or unorthodox ideas of spirituality and faith appeal to you then I think, like me, you would find this an interesting memoir to experience.
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Mad Harry has escaped to Egypt to deal with his broken heart. Armed with a guidebook, Angel cards and no itinerary he sets out to see the sights with a determination not be hustled or hassled ......

Harry's writing is engaging and funny, and just flows, much like the character of Mad Harry. The descriptions and imagery conveyed gives the reader that proper heady feeling of being amongst the settings, the smells, the hustle and the hash.
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I received this book free in return for a review.

It is an easy, enjoyable read, penned in the author's distinctive, colloquial, humorous style, which includes the continual, but not continuous, use of the f-word (but I got used to it).

This is apparently a true story, and the protagonist is called “Mad Harry”. He has just been dumped by his lady-friend, or at least experienced a bad break-up with her, and is consequently in a miserable, unbalanced state, hence the epithet “Mad”.

He has decided to take a trip to Egypt to get away from it all. (There is a useful map of Egypt at the beginning of the book, which helps one see where Harry travels back and forth.)

Mad Harry has long dreadlocks, so he is an eye-catching figure, who is constantly addressed as Bob Marley.

The country is rather chaotic, and this includes both the traffic and the inhabitants; Mad Harry is constantly hassled by taxi drivers offering him “advantageous” deals to get to the various tourist destinations, but he can see that these offers much exceed the recommended price in his tourist guide.

Everyone is after his money and wants to be his friend, invites him for coffee, just for a nice chat. He is offered hash, marijuana, weed and grass, etc. (whether these are different substances or just different names for the same thing, I wouldn't really know). He smokes his own rolled cigarettes constantly, which have a deleterious effect on his throat.

Harry's basic pursuits or diversions are trying to find congenial hotel rooms and pubs, trustworthy companions, and hash supplies.

The Devil appears to him in various bodies but with the same cold eyes.
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The only Beatnik book I ever liked was Dharma Bums. For the first and only time, it seemed, Kerouac not only reined in the typewriter diarrhea, he seemed content to tell a simple story, with a beginning, middle and end. If he'd done this with all his books, I might've dug what the Beats were all about. Instead, I was turned off. Only Dharma Bums left a nice impression, to the point that I even wished, while reading, that I, too, were exploring Zen Buddhism in northern California during the 1950's.

Thus, I feared the worst when I started The Road to Purification, after I'd seen Harry Whitewolf's author profile here on GR pointing to the Beats as a primary influence. I expected sloppy writing and incoherent thought, with scenes of sex and drugs being the only relief. Happily, I can report that not only does Purification rise to the level of Dharma, it goes beyond it. If there's a NeoBeat movement at hand, let this great tale be its On the Road.

Plot: Mad Harry (AKA Harry Whitewolf) goes to pre-revolutionary Egypt after a nasty break-up in order to get away from all he's known and (somehow) put himself back together. Right away, I related to this premise because the same thing happened to me; only I didn't have the guts to actually leave - let alone to a place like Egypt.

Nothing epic happens but the exotic backdrop makes the quotidian very dramatic indeed. Mad Harry, having dived headfirst into culture shock, spends almost every minute of every day being challenged in one way or another. He's constantly badgered by merchants wanting to sell overpriced crap; ever haggling in order not to go broke before his month is over; called Bob Marley by about a million Egyptians (Mad Harry has dreadlocks); and frustrated to do the simplest things (like acquire toilet paper).
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