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Far and Away: A Prize Every Time

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  323 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Presents a serialized autobiography describing the author's life, including his career in the band Rush and his motorcycling adventures throughout North America and Europe.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by ECW Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sean Gibson
Aug 24, 2016 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Mikesell
Jul 14, 2016 Bill Mikesell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, nonfiction
Everyone has sayings - the lines that they follow up with "that's what *I* always say." My dad is partial to "life's not fair, it's appropriate" and "don't play the 'ifs'" I've always been a fan of "I could never judge" (which, incidentally, legit got me out of jury duty).

My mom, however, has a number of them - "you aren't bored, you're boring" "spend time now to save time later" "quit flipping off your little brother" etc. One of them perfectly encapsulates the story of this book - which, tbh,
Jul 14, 2014 Gil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book to my father on Father's Day 2012. The backstory to this is that I quit High School to join a rock band and toured in various bands out of Ottawa and Toronto for 4 years in the 1970's. My father never understood and it was a source of great tension between us.
He passed away in June 2013, and as I was going through his things, I found the copy of Far and Away I had given to him the year before. He had written an inscription in the front of the book that told of how thanks to Neil
May 30, 2013 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
only a FEW of my favorite Neil-isms:

-of course it's just my opinion, but to me, my life is not dedicated to the place, but to the journey, and to the hour of arriving.

-Telescope Peak was an important place in Ghost Rider-and in my life, really. in october 1999, when i had been rambling aimlessly around the west for the better part of a year, trying to find some way to face the world again, i hiked to that 11,049-foot summit. the next day, i rode on to los angeles, where i met Carrie, and my whol
May 25, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. These are the collected writings Neil has produced while touring and traveling the globe and have appeared on his website. The book 'feels' nice to have in hand. I especially enjoy being able to open the book anywhere and fall into an adventure. Lots of photos to emphasize each travel tale.
adri patamoma
Feb 04, 2012 adri patamoma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
minhas avaliações dos livros do neil são sempre suspeitas. adooooro rush, e leio as histórias todas com todo o viés do mundo. dito isto, vamos lá: bottom line, este livro não é tão legal quanto o ghost rider (ainda meu favorito do peart), mas é bom. ele é formado de uma coletânea dos textos que o neil publicou em seu blog entre 2007 e 2010, e é feito de histórias acompanhadas de muitas fotos, contando principalmente das viagens motociclísticas do letrista e baterista do rush, em meio a alguns co ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. At first, I was disappointed to find out that this was just a collections of Neil Peart's blogs, many of which I've already read. (Of course, its my fault for being surprised about this, by just blindly buying the book without doing any real research, simply because it is the latest of Neil's writings). But after reading it for awhile, I started to realize that I didn't care and that I was enjoying his usual combination of travelogue, social commentary, personal stories, and memoirs. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Far and Away" is my favorite of Peart's books. The "open letter" format gives him terrific agility between subjects, form, tone, and perspective. There is a careful informality to each piece, as if he is chatting with the reader over a late-night drink, sitting on a terrace overlooking the lights of Southern California. There is intimacy, too, the intimacy of strangers. The emotional timbre of each piece has increased, as opposed to some of his earlier work (even "Ghost Rider") where the subjec ...more
May 16, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, most everyone knows the author as the drummer of the progressive rock band Rush, recently inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. If you're not a fan of their music you will still like this book. Peart travels by motorcycle between gigs and takes no major highways to get to the destination , and then he writes about it. His love of nature and the outdoors is evident,, he is the HD Thoreau of rock music. Although he is dead serious behind the kit at shows, in this book he shows a lot of his ...more
Matt Lund
Aug 12, 2012 Matt Lund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far and Away, much unlike the earlier work Ghost Rider, is a collage piece of many stories from the life of Neil Peart, drummer for the canadian rock band Rush. As such, FaA represents an entirely different experience. While I thrilled to read about Pearts often entertaining, sometimes enlightening anecdotes, it must be said that some chapters fell shorter than others. With that said, there's a little bit of everything here, from snowshoeing to bird watching to hiking to parenting to motorcyclin ...more
Rob Thomas
Mar 19, 2012 Rob Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
I will not put a spoiler here for those who haven't read it.
For those like me who would like to know Neil Peart, but yet are aware they will likely never have the opportunity to meet him in person and talk to him, this book is for you.
I have always respected Neil's musical and lyrical talent, but having read all of his books, I respect him as much as a person as I do the musical performer.
Neil has revealed more of his vast observations with part of his heart and soul i
Judith Gaines
Aug 09, 2011 Judith Gaines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far and Away; A Prize Every Time is part travelogue, part personal memoir and part motorcycle adventure, with philosophical insights to pull it all together.

This will be a hit with Rush fans, but also for anyone who has traveled a long road filled with obstacles, fear, exhilaration and satisfaction. I recommend this book to anyone who loves travel, motorcycles and thought provoking observation. I find that I read and re-read some passages because there are layers to the message that I don't want
Alexis Vélez
Apr 13, 2015 Alexis Vélez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soy fan de Rush y estaba ansioso por leer alguno de los libros de su baterista Neil Peart; para muchos (incluyéndome), de los mejores y más disciplinados bateristas del mundo. Pues así como toca su instrumento, escribe. Neil te lleva en su motora por todos esos caminos alrededor del mundo, describiendo con lujo de detalles los parajes y costumbres del lugar. En este libro en particular describe su experiencia con las carreteras de Puerto Rico durante su visita en el 2007 para su concierto del Sn ...more
Rob Boots
Aug 28, 2016 Rob Boots rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read many of these stories on mr Peart's website. I have to say that these stories really provided a greater emotional connection within the binding of a book rather than on a computer screen. Peart's story, "The ballad of Larry and Suzie" was particularly touching, as he uses the story of a hummingbird nest in his backyard as a metaphor for expressing his anxiety of becoming a new father.

This is a book for all of those fascinated by the human experience and everything that it can
May 31, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peart again delivers a fine and thought-provoking work about his various travels and projects over the last few years. Each chapter is it's own story, and reads as part memoir, part travelogue, and part navel-gazing - though since I am prone to navel-gazing myself, this last bothers me a lot less than it would some. It seems to me that serious contemplation of your motives, world view, and prejudices takes some courage, and to commit those thoughts to a book for other people to examine takes tha ...more
Don Murphy
Jan 08, 2012 Don Murphy rated it really liked it
Neil Peart discovered he had a website. Well, a guy by the name of Gred Russell with the website was willing to upkeep and design his site and Neil started blogging. His many blogs have become the inspiration of this book. Peart took article up on article and revised them and added some 'new' material for this book.
Being a well-read and introspective person, Peart's writings do take many meandering turns, and often he will wink and nod at his literary style. But, he delves into hi
Ed Horwitz
Feb 02, 2014 Ed Horwitz rated it really liked it
Great read
Makes one want to hop on cycle for a ride
I even stopped and got my national parks passport
Sebastian Bach
Oct 14, 2014 Sebastian Bach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Neil's books. To me Neil puts words together like he puts together a drum solo. Incredible attention to detail. He makes the impossible look easy. Most of his books are travelogues, and this one is no different. Neil drops names of cities & locations like TMZ drops names of celebrities. You really feel like you are on the journey with Mike, Doofus, & Dingus. Maybe this book could have been edited somewhat, but like his drumming, it's all good to me. The more stories, anecd ...more
May 10, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Neil Peart's writing, so while some passages drug on in repetition and the book was sporadic and certainly didn't pull together thematically like his other books, I still enjoyed it immensely.
Apr 19, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes being 'good' means behaving better than we feel"-NP

"Love and Respect, love and respect - I have been carrying those words around for two years, daring to consider that perhaps they convey the real meaning of life. Beyond basic survival skills, everybody wants to be loved and respected. And neither is any good without the other."-NP

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Philo of Alexandria

Apr 04, 2012 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read 3 of Peart's previous books I was excited to see a new one. It wasn't till I was reading it that I realized it is a collection on blogs he had on his website. Since I was unaware of the website, I was still happy to have this collection, and the photography that came along with the words. An excellent collection that I enjoyed. Not as much as his previous books, but still a great read.
Jan 17, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, travel
Even though this is a collection of blog entries, I think it's still nice to have them all together here, in book form. Mr. Peart takes us on yet another journey, sometimes on the road, sometimes at his home, but always in a fascinating and casual way that keeps them interesting. If you're not a fan of travelogues, or of Rush, you'll likely find yourself bored.
Jul 11, 2014 Missi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved everything about this book! The writing, the insights, the photography...I spent so long reading it because I really wanted to make this book of essays last. I highly recommend any of Mr. Peart's books, especially if you are a fan of travel writing or of Rush!!! Can't wait for another book!!!
Page Wench
This book didn't draw me in like his others. I "dipped in" here and there over several months and found I took longer and longer between reading times. I think it would be more interesting to motorcycle riders, which is probably the actual target market. Of course, he's still the Best Drummer Ever!
May 29, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peart deftly brings the reader right along for each one of his adventures and observations. The experience is less like reading a book and more akin to sitting across from a dear friend on a warm summer night and listening to them recount the fascinating day they just had.
Feb 10, 2014 Roland rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always appreciate NP sharing his travels and thoughts. As an NP and Rush fan ... I loved it and can't really give an unbiased view!! Another intriguing glimpse into the world of one Rock music's great exponents, what did you do at the office and on your days off?!
Feb 21, 2013 Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peart did it again. If you want a quick get away, but unable to leave your abode. This is the book for you. I know I am biased, but I really enjoy Pearts writing style. The vivid descriptions of the scenery or situation are spot on.
May 25, 2012 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
... more like abandoned than finished... I don't know why I read Peart's books, they're more travel-logs than anything and that just tends to bore me.
Jun 16, 2011 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat disappointing, a collection of blog postings with pictures. Not much else to say but interesting if you like travel logs.
Nov 03, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of stories from Peart's blog. Stories ranging from nursing a humming bird to drumming. It was an entertaining book.
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Neil Peart (pronounced /ˈpɪərt/) OC, (born Neil Ellwood Peart) is a Canadian musician and author. He is best-known as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job. However, his true ambition was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regio
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“-i was "far and away"-riding my motorcycle along an american back road, skiing through the snowy Quebec woods, or lying awake in a backwater motel. the theme i was grappling with was nothing less than the Meaning of Life, and i was pretty sure i had defined it: love and respect.

love and respect, love and respect-i have been carrying those words around with me for two years, daring to consider that perhaps they convey the real meaning of life. beyond basic survival needs, everybody wants to be loved and respected. and neither is any good without the other. love without respect can be as cold as pity; respect without love can be as grim as fear.
love and respect are the values in life that most contribute to "the pursuit of happiness"-and after, they are the greatest legacy we can leave behind. it's an elegy you'd like to hear with your own ears: "you were loved and respected."
if even one person can say that about you, it's a worthy achievement, and if you can multiply that many times-well, that is true success.
among materialists, a certain bumper sticker is emblematic: "he who dies with the most toys wins!"
well, no-he or she who dies with the most love and respect wins...
then there's love and respect for oneself-equally hard to achieve and maintain. most of us, deep down, are not as proud of ourselves as we might pretend, and the goal of bettering ourselves-at least partly by earning the love and respect of others-is a lifelong struggle.
Philo of Alexandria gave us that generous principle that we have somehow succeeded in mostly ignoring for 2,000 years: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
“books, i think, are a different kind of time machine. instead of reminding you of a lost world, they create one for you. more personal, more intimate-unlike movies, say, the world you experience while reading a book has been lived and envisioned entirely from the INSIDE, and its contours are yours alone.” 6 likes
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