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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In 1962 Gary Snyder, with his wife, the poet Joanne Kyger, joined Allen Ginsberg and his companion Peter Orlovsky for a long trip to India and surrounding countries. As always, Snyder kept extensive journals of his travels and, in this particular case, also wrote the whole account in one long letter to his sister. It was an amazing trip, and one that eventually took on leg
Paperback, 114 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Grey Fox Press (first published 1983)
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Kathleen (itpdx)
A blast from the past! In 1962 Gary Snyder who had been studying Zen Buddhism in Japan went to India with his wife Joanne Kyger. He was interested in visiting Buddhist shrines and ashrams as well as other religious sites. The book is based on a long letter that he wrote to his sister. It is written in a very casual style. Lots of interesting descriptions and observations. The fact that he is a poet comes through sometimes as in this description from the harbor in Hong Kong-"a junk in full sail, ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
a marvelously satisfying long letter by gary snyder to his sister, from india in the late 1960s. i savored it, mostly in the bathtub. want to read it again. wonderful photos. snyder in prose is so hard-headed, even at times a bit hard-hearted... by the end, the syncretism and mess of india put him off and he longs for clean streamlined japan. everywhere he goes, wisemen want to talk about zen, and he complies.... funny to think of a western poet, no matter how learned, bringing enlightenment to ...more
Jim Parker
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating journey. Snyder writes in journal style with some poetry thrown in for good measure.

This edition of the book is a lovely little book printed on clay paper with photographs taken by Snyder and Joanne Kryger on their trip to India in 1962. Despite the trip being taken after the publication of The Dharma Bums by Kerouac (1958) in which he chronicled his adventures with Snyder this is definitely a Dharma Bum type of journey.

Snyder and his companions explore the temples, ashrams, a
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I read Snyder's book in pieces as I traveled around India myself- I found many similarities, and really enjoyed his lyrical descriptions of the holy and the commonplace. Wish I'd had a chance to visit all of the places he chronicles. ...more
A A beautiful book, with photographs and poetry scattered throughout this deliciously described book of a trip Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger took in India in the 1960s. Highly recommended to those interested in India, beat fans, poetry fans, and travelers.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the only thing more pleasurable than reading a travel memoir about someplace you've never been is reading a travel memoir about places you have been ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its like a journal of the trip to India Snyder took with his them wife Joann Kyger.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
enjoyable, illustrated with photos; perspectives on beat travels through India early 60's ...more
Devon Leger
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Snyder’s poetry and there’s some great examples here, but mostly this is an unvarnished journal of his travels through India over a bit less than a year. It’s refreshingly blunt, a little cynical, but also compelling and beautiful. The small details of traveling that he renders are the best part here, as well as the sparseness of his prose. Despite the fact that he met and hung out with some key people, including the Dalai Lama, Allen Ginsberg, Ali Akhbar Khan, a famous guru whose name I ...more
Jim McDonald
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful selection of diaries and notes prepared by Snyder in the very early 60s when he travelled through India with his wife Joanne Kyger and the fellow poet Allen Ginsberg.
Illustrated with Snyder’s photos taken on a small camera, many black and white.
A must for Snyder scholars.
The Indian journeys took place five years before the great invasion by teenage Westerners and the account is of a lost world.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical, travel
Simple and intimate writing that directly spoke to me. This journal tells of people, places and events of about 60 years ago, but the account is so vivid and engaging. Snyder says that he was often bad-tempered during this travel, but it doesn't transpire at all. Instead, I slowly became calmer and gently glided into the tale, savouring every sensation blooming in me as I read each word and watched the images they evoked. ...more
Nicholas Massey
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book. Beautiful pictures.
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Gary Snyder is an American poet (originally, often associated with the Beat Generation), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since the 1970s, he has frequently been described as the 'laureate of Deep Ecology'. From the 1950s on, he has published travel-journals and essays from time to time. His work in his various roles reflects his im ...more

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