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A spirited romp across Southeast Asia, Mystic Fool follows the exploits of a young man, led by alchemy and alcohol, as he explores the inner and outer planes. Beginning in the islands of southern Thailand, he heads to the ancient capital of Siem Reap and up the coast of Vietnam to the chaos of Hanoi. Jettisoned to a farm in northern Laos milking goats, we then find him ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published January 11th 2013
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Jelila Jelila
Mar 29, 2015 Jelila Jelila rated it it was amazing
A Lyrical Uplifting Journey - Easy to Read, Inspiring

He does capture the childlike magic of The Fool, witness this:

'Untangling and swimming to the shore, I moved my legs around in the water to watch them light up one last time before we climbed back onto the sand.'

What I love about this book, is the lyrical and light way it moves - it feels like a gently bubbling spring, moving without effort, and with the feeling that laughter is bubbling up from the heart of the spring, and of the writer, in e
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Emily
May 08, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it
I only made it through a couple chapters before giving up on this book. I found it to be boring and pointless. I didn't care for the drug and alcohol use, and I'm not interested in hearing someone's perspective on life through a drunken haze.
Syahira Sharif
Feb 25, 2013 Syahira Sharif rated it it was ok
More of an autobiographical spiritual novel of a wanderlust white dreamy backpacker male character chugging meeting with people and exchanging conversation, drugs and alcohol and stuff. You could say there's multitudes of white washing in some parts, add some superficial mystical exoticism that often adds nothing to the content and a rather 'realistic but redundant' dialogues with very minimal characterization and lack of subtle plot made the reading process almost borders on tolerable if not ...more
Judy
Apr 23, 2013 Judy rated it it was ok
My review: My first impression upon starting this book was that I really did not care for it much. It is a story about a 20 something young man Ian who really seems to have no redeeming qualities. He drinks to the absurd access does drugs and doesn't even seem to like himself. I did find the descriptions of Southeast Asia interesting and had hope for the book after he met someone to care for and seemed to sober up. Unfortunately the book abruptly ended there without bringing any good closure to ...more
Dean Johnston
May 19, 2013 Dean Johnston rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book about a somewhat alcoholic, somewhat obsessive English teacher travelling around SE Asia in search of meaning and emotional salvation. Occasionally the philosophical ramblings can become a bit pedantic, although this is readily acknowledged within the story. The surprising love story and rather abrupt ending caught me a little off-guard but the engaging descriptions of his travels were fascinating, probably even more so because I've been to all of those places and ...more
Jenny
Apr 18, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, couldnt put it down. definately of the zeitgeist, a timely truth. also a really interesting perspective on travelling in south east asia
Christopher
Jul 09, 2013 Christopher rated it liked it
Easy read, some funny moments along the way. Would read again, especially if preparing for some extended travel.
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Apr 19, 2013 Trevor Moss rated it really liked it
Great Book! Its an exciting read and you won't want to put it down. Andy's travel adventures are very inspiring and make you want to know more. I would definitely recommend this book!
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