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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Book - The Road To Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash by Harry Whitewolf
As a reader, I'm still dipping my toes into the world of indie publishing. Read more
Guides to foreign travel tend to fall into two camps: Rough Guide/Lonely Planet hipster real-life travel; and posh folk writing idyllic memoirs of unrealistically tranquil... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chris Harrison
When do we get to the purification part, sir?
That's what I kept thinking in this second book I've read of Whitewolf's.
This is anything but a purification! Read more
Before you start reading this book play the opening theme tune for the Mighty Boosh...because you are about to go on a journey. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. D. Denness
This is not a book for everyone – but then the author is someone who seems to wander around the world with his dreadlocks, weed and booze, half Karl Pilkington and half Withnail,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by reader
“The Devil only ever comes three times. Everyone knows that.”
We meet Harry again, following his Argentinian quest, still fuelled (or plagued) by the 11:11 phenomenon he... Read more
Mad Harry (apt moniker for this journey) is very clever: he has seen a gap in the market for a renaissance of the Kerouaquian travel memoir, and he got in there first. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Leo