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A Sense of Direction,
This review is from: A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful (B-Format Paperback) (Paperback)
Gideon Lewis-Kraus’ debut book, A Sense of Direction, is a compelling travel memoir that is full of humour, history and hope. Lewis-Kraus had moved to Berlin in the hope of both finding himself and escaping the emotional turmoil of his family life but instead found himself living the kind of banal existence that he could quite easily have managed by staying at hope. In a last ditch attempt to shake off his ennui, Lewis-Kraus embarks on three historically life changing pilgrimages – the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a circuit of eighty-eight Buddhist temples on the Japanese island of Shikoku, and a visit to the tomb of a famous Hassidic mystic in Ukraine – that cause him to question his search for purpose in life and understand how both the past and the present are necessary to shape the future. A Sense of Direction does feature a fair amount of trustafarian angst and anger but once you settle into Lewis-Kraus’ writing style and begin to understand his character, the book opens up into a humours, inspiring story of a man undertaking a series of fantastic, grueling journeys while at the same time trying to make peace with his own life.