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The Tracker by Tom Brown Jr.
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Jersey boy meets sage apache. It would be hard to make this up.......but I'm hearing a lot more chatter that he did, in fact, make it up. If so, let's call him the East Coast Castaneda. It's still a good read.
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Fire in the Lake by Frances FitzGerald
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Parts of this are extremely satisfying. Her understanding of the Buddhist resistance is lucid...from its early verve to its suicidal dissipation. Her use of the Prospero and Caliban analogy is very compelling. Parts get tediously mired in detail. Goo ...more
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The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
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He gets better with age in his later travel books, but this escapade through Europe and beyond is a hoot.
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From the Heart of a Gentle Brother by Bartholomew
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Some helpful insights and meditations. Reading a page or two is a great way to start the day.
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About Blady by Laurens van der Post
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A sublime memoir. It begins slowly, like a meditation. Ver Der Post always includes Africa.....even when the book is a remembrance of a couple of friends of his who enter an unlikely former plow-horse, Blady, into a show jumping competition in Spain.
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The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
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The fables at the end are more memorable than the central narrative. Hesee is better in earlier works, but this one is still a compelling narrative.
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Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
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A rant towards peace, with a surrealistic but comical ending.
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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
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A story of insight and comfort for those who seek the truth.
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
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A simple story with a slow burn.
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